A journey into the carnival culture of the Mediterranean

The common roots of an ancient tradition

The carnival culture of the Mediterranean region is built on a network of common ideas and inspirations, shared by the geographically and culturally diverse regions. From this awareness, and from the desire to offer an interactive and compelling experience, the comparative exhibition that is the heart of the Museum of Mediterranean Masks in Mamoiada was born.

Three rooms, endless stories

The visit to the museum begins with a sequence of images, accompanied by texts, music and sounds, introducing the visitor to the traditions of Mamoiada and its Carnival. It’s a beautiful way of explaining the origins and meaning of the Mamuthones and the Issohadores, and the numerous theories that have tried to reconstruct their origins, over time. Passing through the Sala del Carnevale barbaricino, where some of the most important masks of central Sardinia are exhibited, visitors are led to the Sala del Mediterraneo. Here, in a division that distinguishes between the Alps, the Iberian and Balkan peninsulas, images that tell of the carnivals are presented. There is one common thread: the roots between the carnival traditions of the Mediterranean area.