Montedoro – Sulfur Mining Museum

Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, Montedoro, CL, Italia
Museo della Zolfara di Montedoro

The renowned museum in Montedoro, not far from the town center, is the Sulfur Mining Museum which is located precisely to the east of the town, on Mount Ottavio. This museum in Montedoro is located near the longest-running mine in the town, the “Nadurella.”

It is dedicated to the writer and poet Angelo Petyx and houses a permanent exhibition of ethnohistorical testimonies titled “Sulfur Mines and Miners of Montedoro.” Inside the museum, there are two paths that visitors can take: the “indoor path,” which traces the history of sulfur in Sicily with documents, photographs, tools, minerals, and reconstructions, and the “outdoor path,” which allows observation of what remains of the old sulfur mine: the furnaces, the old wagons, and the descent shaft.

The Montedoro Museum was designed with the assistance of the ethno-anthropology department of the University of Palermo and was set up following the narrative of Liuse Hamilton Caico, wife of a mine owner from Montedoro.