The museum is in the historic centre of Siddi, housed in the ancient Steri farmhouse, built in the 17th century.
The farmhouse has an impressive variety of spaces and areas including the home proper and outhouses once used to process and store farming and livestock produce, as well as pens and stables for farm animals.
The museum charts daily and feast-day customs and farm-life cycles focusing on the food history of Sardinia and the traditional methods of producing, processing and storing food starting in the Nuraghic period.
The visit begins with the cycles of olive oil and milk, then moves on to the cereal mill, with a very rare horse-pulled grindstone from the 18th century. One of the most fascinating areas in the house is the ancient 17th-century kitchen, with monumental burners, "sa forredda" for roasting meat, the niche for jugs and the bread-making room, with a display of sieves, baskets of various sizes and clay bowls, the "civeddas".
The museum visit ends with the granary, which displays farming tools, and with the stables, where livestock branding irons and winemaking equipment can be seen.
The museum has information panels on the wheat and grape production cycles.
One section of the museum, in what once was the main reception room, whose walls are painted with 1920s Art Deco motifs, often hosts temporary exhibitions.
Collection of this important heritage has been enhanced by the active role of the local people, the true bearers of local traditions and knowledge, on both food traditions and vernacular building techniques. Indeed, most of the information texts in the museum are based on oral contributions from the local people.
The museum truly embodies the cultural heritage of the whole community and of the deeply rooted identity of a farming and pastoral culture, passed down among the generations along the centuries.
Address: via Roma, 2 - 09020 Siddi Phone +39 070 9341028 - +39 349 6304621 Managing Agency: Associazione Culturale "Museo Casa Steri"