The Mitteleuropa Postal and Telegraphic Museum

Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 1 - Trieste
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    Type: Museum of society , Historic
  • Free entry
  • Opening hours: Open the website
  • Bus: 5, 17, 24, 28, 30
  • Parking: pay-parking in the surrounding area

Description

Inside the second largest postal building in the world is housed an exhibition of objects connected with the postal world collected over nearly two centuries. The museum gathers testimonies and finds from six countries of Central Europe, an area of great tradition in the operation of postal services.
Here you can find the symbolic objects from the postal world of items such as postage stamps, rubber stamps and postman's bags alongside special items, such as the tree-irons used by workers climbing up on telephone poles to string the cables.
The oldest item is the rake with which they disinfected the mail in 1769 in the quarantine, while the most recent is a fax machine from the 1990s.

Peculiarities

Born as a temporary exhibition celebrating 100 years of existence of the Post Office building in 1994, shortly thereafter the show ended up being so interesting as to become a permanent collection that includes exhibitions that are changed cyclically. Many topics in the world of post and telecommunications are thus presented to the public and to the numerous students that regularly come to visit the museum. The availability of special cards enable visitor access to people with visual impairments. The organization of events such as concerts further open up the doors to people of what is is the only Italian museum dedicated to postal services and telecommunications.

Not to be missed

1. Rake for the disinfection of letters used in the Lazzaretto or Quarantine of Santa Teresa, now the headquarters of Museum of the Sea.
2. Nineteenth century postal table originally placed in Opicina in three languages: German as the official language, Italian as the language of commerce and Slovenian as the language of the local people, an example of multilingualism that presents the idea of a united Europe.
3. Wooden boxes used for the military post during World War I, in which were kept small post offices with everything needed to send and receive correspondence at the front.
4. Reconstruction of a nineteenth-century post office, complete with a Biedermeier desk, telegraph station, post office counter and postman's shoulder bag.


Services

  • Guided visit languages: Italian
  • Tour languages: Italian
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Workshops
  • Conference room
  • Free WiFi
  • Disabled access
  • Relax area
  • Toilets

 

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