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What is the role of the Polo Museum? What are its functions? How is it organized and which museums it manages?


The Regional Museum of Basilicata was established under the D.P.C.M. August 29, 2014, n. 171, in force since December 11, 2014. It has become operational since March 9, 2015, with the appointment of its Director, Martha Raggini.
Coordinated by the Directorate-General for Museums, the Musee Pole is the point of connection between the center and the suburbs: it works to foster dialogue between state and local authorities, between public and private museums, for the construction of the regional museum system.
It works to enhance and make use of the cultural wealth of the state museums in its own region.
Coordinates human, technological and financial resources in order to offer cultural and exhibition activities, quality reception and education services to the public.
It supports the emergence of local networks involving several actors for the development of cultural itineraries and the growth of the territories in which it operates.


    • What does the Museum Complex do

      • 01 Guides and coordinates state museums in the region

        Program the activities of managing, enhancing, communicating and promoting the regional museum system, in close contact with the coordinating museum directors

      • 02 Enhances the cultural heritage

        Sets common valuation strategies and objectives for the widest use of cultural heritage and the creation of integrated museum services.

      • 03 Ensures quality standards of services

        Assures high quality standards in management and communication, in teaching and technology innovation, of museums of its own competence.

      • 04 Favors territorial enhancement agreements

        Collaborates with state and local bodies for the definition of territorial cultural programs and plans for cultural development.

      • 05 Promotes cultural itineraries

        Work with local authorities and institutions to integrate routes of enjoyment and services in tourist-cultural itineraries.

      • 06 Encourages active participation

        Promotes and manages awareness-raising projects and public fundraising campaigns to support cultural heritage.


      Dr.ssa Marta Ragozzino

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      Marta Ragozzino is from April 13, 2010 Head of II Band at the Ministry for Cultural and Tourism Activities. From May 20, 2010 Superintendent for the historical and artistic ethno-anthropological assets of Basilicata; from 8 February 2013 he is Interim Supervisor for the historical and artistic ethno-anthropological goods of Puglia and from March 9, 2015, when he became operative director of the Basilicata Polo Museum.


  • Museums

    The Polo Museale of Basilicata manages and coordinates museums, galleries, art galleries, archaeological sites and parks, monuments and historic buildings of state ownership.


This section is devoted to the Basilicata area and the role of the Museum's Polo in the creation of networks and regional enhancement projects.

cultural heritage

Nine museums and three places of culture, territories full of history and traditions to discovered between art, food and culture.

The National Museum of Medieval and Modern Art – Palazzo Lanfranchi preserves and exhibits art treasures of holy art, private collections and contemporary art paintings.

Matera, place of great past, where the human presence is as an ancient tale that arrives until the modern world.

The National Archaeological Museum “Domenico Ridola”, the most ancient museum of Basilicata, give us the oldest trails of the human presence on a journey where the personal history of the founder meets the Materan territory.

When the wisdom of ancient Greece meets the wild beauty of the Lucanian lands.

The National Archaeological Museum of Metaponto together with The National Archaeological Museum of Policoro tells about the cultural and human meeting among the settlers of Magna Grecia and the indigenous people of Lucania. Fine artifacts, elegant archaeological vessels, ancient cities and impressive sanctuaries. The Ducal Palace of Tricarico, historical residence, contains the most important finds of Medio Basento from the Neolithic to the Roman period.

Potenza, with its nocturnal colours and ancient traditions, shows, between its rugged mountains, the effort and commitment with which the human being has patiently lived on its territory. 

The National Archaeological Museum of Basilicata “Dinu Adamesteanu” shows the finds of the whole region with particular attention to its hinterland.

The National Archaeological Museum of the Alta Val D’Agri with its archaeological park preserves the finds of Grumentum, wonderful roman city of which have survived the main structures.

The National Archaeological Museum of Melfi “Massimo Pallottino” housed in the old castle of Frederik II, hosted the ancient family of princes Doria-Pamphili showing the finds of the Vulture-Melfese.

The National Archaeological Museum of Muro Lucano is at the forefront of museum education with innovative expositions where the finds live thanks to the many activities carried in its structures.

The National Archaeological Museum of Venosa in addition to its rich collections of finds, is formed  by an important archaeological park with the baths, the Episcopal complex, the domus and the amphitheatre. A rich cultural journey in the history of the ancient Venusia.


The itineraries of Basilicata are promoted by the Lucan Tourist Promotion Company and offer different possibilities, from cycling to geology to fully discover the Lucan territory.

In addition, it is possible to consult various thematic itineraries designed to deepen themes such as food and wine, natural parks, artistic heritage and more.

See the special section of the Basilicata Basin website: Lucani Tourist Routes


The birth of the Museums Poly is one of the major innovations introduced in 2014 with the reform of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and Tourism.


In 2014, the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism introduced great novelties in the organization of the Italian museum system, defining the mission of museums and new modes of management. To find out more, see the dedicated section on the website of the General Directorate of Museums.

  • Decree of the President of the Council of Ministers of 29 August 2014 n. 171, “Organization Regulations of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Offices of the Direct Cooperation of the Minister and the Independent Performance Evaluation Body”
  • Ministerial Decree of June 30, 2016 n. 330, “Criteria for public opening, supervision and security of museums and places of state culture”
  • Ministerial Decree 9 April 2016 n. 198, “Provisions on archaeological sites and parks and institutions and places of culture of major national interest pursuant to Article 6 of the Ministerial Decree of 23 January 2016”
  • Ministerial Decree January 23, 2016, “Reorganization of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism and Tourism pursuant to Article 1, paragraph 327 of Law 28 December 2015 n. 208 “
  • Ministerial Decree of December 23, 2014, “Organization and Functioning of State Museums”
  • Ministerial Decree of 14 October 2015, amending the Decree of December 23, 2014 “Organization and operation of state museums”
  • Decree-Law 20 September 2015 n. 146, “Urgent Measures for the Use of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage” (Museums and Places of Culture, Essential Public Services), converted into Law no. 182
  • Ministerial Decree of October 6, 2015, “Concession in Use to Private Property of State Cultural Property”
  • Ministerial Decree 11 December 1997 n. 507, “Rules governing the entry of monuments, museums, galleries, antiquities, parks and monumental gardens of the State”, and subsequent amendments.
  • Ministerial Decree 27 June 2014 n. 94, Regulation amending the Decree of 11 December 1997 n. 507 “Rules for the entrance ticket to monuments, museums, galleries, antique excavations, monumental parks and state gardens”.
  • Legislative Decree May 31, 2014 n. 83, “Urgent provisions for the protection of cultural heritage, the development of culture and the relaunch of tourism”, converted with amendments in Law no. 106 of 29 July 2014 and subsequent amendments.
  • Decree-Law 8 August 2013 n. 91, “Urgent provisions for the protection, valorisation and re-launching of cultural goods and activities” (Value Culture), converted with amendments by Law no. 112
  • Legislative Decree of 22 January 2004 n. 42, “Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape” Ministerial Decree of May 10, 2001, “Act on the technical-scientific criteria and the standards of operation and development of museums”
    Ministerial Decree of April 18, 2012, “Adopting Guidelines for the Establishment and Valorization of Archaeological Parks”

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