The Abegg Silk Museum, located in an eighteenth century textile mill by the Garlate lake, displays discoveries, inventions and machines for the production of silk from the silkworm to the fabric. It was built and inaugurated in 1953 by the Swiss industrial Abegg to pass on to experts and scholars the instruments created throughout the centuries for the silk industry. This activity still holds a great importance in the East as much as in the West.
Donated in 1976 to the City of Garlate, the Museum houses a rich collection of machines that illustrates the main stages of production: silkworm rearing, reeling of cocoons, silk twisting. It also has a space dedicated to weaving. A final section is devoted to the future, presenting research and new applications of silk in the biomedical field, cosmetics and yarn production. The Museum offers different educational workshops on silk, based on the age of the visitors.
23852 Garlate (LC)
Mon-Sat Morning: with booking, only for guided tours and workshops.
June - September:
Sun 09:30-12:30 / 14:30-18:30
October - May:
Sun 09:30-12:30 / 14:00-17:30
Closed New Year, Easter, May 1, June 2, Assumption, Christmas
The Museum is located on the Provincial Road 72.
There is a large car park in via Dopolavoro, next to the Museum.
The stop Garlate (Town Hall), located in front of the Museum, is served by the lines D50 Lecco - Valgreghentino- Brivio- Lomagna and LGV Lecco - Galbiate - Valgreghentino. A pedestrian underpass is available to cross the provincial road. For information on times and fares: www.leccotrasporti.it
The Museum overlooks the bike lane of the Lakes, along Route 9 that connects Lecco and Calolziocorte. The route, 9.9 km long, is easy and requires a travel time of 1.30 h.
The Museum is located 2.5 km away from the railway station of Calolziocorte - Olginate (on the Milan - Lecco and Bergamo - Lecco lines). For information on times and fares: www.trenitalia.com From the station you can walk to the Museum in about 30 minutes, on the path along the lakes of Olginate and Garlate, or take the bus line D50 Lecco - Valgreghentino - Brivio - Lomagna www.leccotrasporti.it