The idea of opening a museum in Corsica, about Corsica, came about in 1974.
Once the plan for a comprehensive museum was outlined, the commune of Corte handed over the former Sérurier barracks in 1990 to house the museum.
The Museum of Corsica opened its doors in June 1997.
It is located on the site of the Citadel of Corte (a 15th and 18th Century fortification). The aim of the museum is to present an anthropological history of Corsica, introducing visitors to the traditional Corsica of yesteryear and charting its development through to the modern day. The museum's permanent collections are divided into two areas.
The first provides an insight into the traditional lifestyle of herdsmen and farmers and the evolution of customs and beliefs. It exposes, introduces and explores the myths and mythical figures of an essentially oral society, its language, its insular culture and its craftsmanship (production, methods and uses). Visitors can follow the daily routine of a herdsman, their conventions and their customs.
The second area introduces the "modern" aspect of Corsica, including its attempts at becoming industrialised and the promotion of certain wine-producing businesses which have stood the test of time, as well as its spiritual aspect, in which religion plays a very significant role.
Musée Régional d'anthropologie (Regional Museum of Anthropology)
La citadelle - BP 73 20250 - Corte France. Tel.: +33 (0)4 95 45 25 45.
The core of the museum's complete collection is essentially the Doazan collection, which includes more than 300 objects.© Ph. Jambert - Mus de la Corse
Between 1952 and 1978, Father Louis Doazan put together an ethnographic collection that now forms the core of the museum's complete collection.© Ph. Jambert - Mus de la Corse
The oldest pieces in the ethnographic collection date back to the 17th century.© Ph. Jambert - Mus de la Corse
The museum also boasts a portrait gallery displaying paintings of notable islanders from the 19th century.© Ph. Jambert - Mus de la Corse
The Corsica Museum is located in the Citadel of Corte. The collections are displayed in the Serrurier barracks.© Ph. Jambert - Mus de la Corse