Visit the Museum

The Museum of PrecinemaThe Minici Zotti Collection is situated in Prato della Valle 1/A in Padua on the top floor of the Palazzo Angeli. To enter, ring the doorbell and go upstairs to the third floor. You will see shadowy silhouettes of people lining the stairwell as you go up towards the Collection. There is an elevator, but as the Palazzo Angeli dates from the end of the 16th Century the building can cause some mobility obstacles. If you have reduced mobility and require assistance please contact the Museum.


The museum will be closed from 1st to 31st August.

10:00AM – 4:00PM (to 2:00AM in AUGUST, last admission recommended before 15:15) 
Closing days: TUESDAY, January 1, Easter, April 25, May 1, Dicember 24,25,26 and 31

Full: € 6,00
Reduced: € 4,00 (students, under 18, over 65, Padova Card, FAI, Touring Club, tourist guides
Free: under 6, ICOM, MIBACT, journalists, disabled visitors (assistant included)

Small groups (4-10 people) : €10, reduced €8 (per person)
Large groups (10-25 people): €8, reduced 6€ (per person)
Guided tours must be booked by writing an email to or by calling 0498763838

Reservation is obligatory for groups, even if a guided tour is not required.

The Museum of Precinema is a special place that allows you to be hands-on with the exhibits, helping you to understand the origins of the visual language that led to the birth of Cinema. Fundamentally, it is an educational mediator, which, with the collaboration of the teacher, means that students are active participators rather than passive spectators. The Museum adjusts to serve to the demands of each individual class.
Unfortunately, the museum does not have enough available space for workshops; therefore a publication entitled “The Visual Language Exercise Book” has been created for school groups. The publication is complementary and will be given  to the teacher during the guided tour of the museum.

Magic Lantern Slide by T. Clare, used at the Royal Polytechnic Institution. Hand painted, England 1858