This is a genuine ethnographic museum on the theme of Parma Ham production, set up inside the renovated premises of the former cattle market in Langhirano, a building dating back to 1928.
The exhibition space is arranged in eight themed sections. The layout recalls the wooden frames on which the cured meats are hung to mature, known locally as “scalere”.
The first section focuses on the territory around Parma, local agriculture from antiquity to today, and the relationship between animal husbandry and agricultural production. The second section is dedicated to pig breeds reared for the production of cured meats including the indigenous black pig of Parma.
The next section looks at the salt which is such an indispensable product in the process of manufacturing cured meats.
The fourth section deals with the equipment and peculiarities of the work of the norcini – pork butchers.
In the fifth room is displayed, on panels, the whole variety of deli meats from Parma: in addition to Parma Ham, Culatello di Zibello, Salami Felino and Spalla Cotta di San Secondo as well as various other products of local pork butchery.
The sixth section is devoted to food and recipes.
The seventh room, the largest in the museum, is responsible for explaining the overall procedure to produce ham.
The eighth part is dedicated to the most relevant information on Parma Ham and the Consortium that protects it.
Finally, there is a dedicated space for tasting and a point of sale offering typical products.
From 1st March to 8th December
* Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00am – 6.00pm
* Monday to Friday: by reservation for groups
From December to February
* Closed – Open by reservation only for groups
* Adults € 4,00
* Concessions € 3,00 groups (minimum 15 persons), adults over 65 years, Torrechiara Castle visitors weekend promotion, concessions
* Reduction for schools € 3,00 school pupils and children from 6 to 12 years
* Free for disabled and their escorts, escorts of groups and schools, journalists, children under 6 years
Parma Ham Tasting:
* Adults € 3,00
* Concessions € 2,00 (children up to 12 years)
For groups of up to 25 persons: 20.00 in addition to the ticket price. Booking required.
Ex Foro Boario, Via Bocchialini, 7 – Langhirano (nr. Parma)
sito web: www.museidelcibo.it
HOW TO GET THERE:
GPS coordinates: 44°36’43.42″N, 10°16’5.75″E
From Parma: tangenziale Sud, exit no. 15 “Via Langhirano”, signs for Langhirano
Urban buses from Parma Railway Station to Langhirano and back: Line 12
FOOD MUSEUM SHUTTLE SERVICE: to reach the Museum, you can book the shuttle service run by the Consorzio Travelbus of Parma at special rates for individuals, families and groups.
at all the Food Museums you can request the organisation of educational workshops for schools or groups, of a scientific nature (on the themes of salt, milk, and micro-organisms, water and proteins) or gastronomic variety (taste laboratories). Booking required.
near the exhibition spaces there is a Museum Shop, where you can buy, in the opening hours of the Museum, publications, objects for the table and typical local products.
Prosciutteria & Bottega dei Sapori:
It is also possible for visitors to try a lunch of typical products from Parma accompanied by a selection of wines from the hills of Parma at the museum’s Prosciutteria. Pre-booking advised.
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