The Educational Museum of the Silk of Como originated on the initiative of the ’27 Class in 1985 with the collaboration of the Ex-Allievi del Setificio. The two Como associations were directly involved in recovering the finds from the various textile factories in the city. Since 1960 the textile industry has undergone profound and irreversible transformations starting with the first major industrial restructuring when the factories definitively abandoned their historical sites.
The Committee for the establishment of the Silk Museum was founded in 1988 and valued the artifacts collected in the “Permanent Exhibition of Historical Findings of the Silk Industry” to the public; initiative implemented with the contribution and collaboration of the Province of Como, the Savings Bank of the Lombard Provinces and the “Paolo Carcano” State Technical Industrial Institute.
The Didactic Silk Museum was opened in 1990 in the place of the historical memory of the silk industry of Como in via Castelnuovo 9. With time, the museum is enriched with numerous artifacts with the care and maintenance entrusted to the museum staff with the contribution of technicians and experts in the production of silk, the history of industry and crafts from the period between 1850 and 1950. The Association for the Silk Museum of Como was founded in 1992 to support the new cultural reality and allow for didactic. Many bodies and organizations, both public and private sector, join the association allowing it to obtain recognition of legal personality by the Lombardy Region in 1999.
The exhibition space was expanded to integrate the numerous machines and tools that were donated. The Cariplo Foundation and the Lombardy Region actively contributed to the construction of the exhibition. An international competition was launched in 1995 by the Association to look for a logo for the Museum; the winner was Simona Zamperini and Gabriella Ornaghi. The exhibition area occupies about 1,000 square meters and the exhibited heritage allows the historical-didactic reconstruction of silk work. The visitor is offered the opportunity to know as fully as possible the production process and the individual stages of product growth.