The Great War Museum and the Multimedia Hall
The Museum dedicated to the events of the Great War in the Friulan hills is sited in San Giacomo di Ragogna, at the former primary school “Romeo Battistig”, now transformed in the Cultural Center and Town Library (Via Roma 23).
It displays a comprehensive didactic path intended to describe the events of the Great War that took place in the territory surrounding Ragogna, San Daniele del Friuli and Forgaria nel Friuli. The fortification plans before the war, the first years of the conflict, the battles of the withdrawal from Caporetto, the Battle of the Tagliamento, the defense of Mt. Ragogna and the breakthrough at Cornino, the year of occupation, the Austrian-Hungarian fortified compound, the reconstruction, the recovery of memory; these are only a few of the themes displayed by many panels, provided with historical and current images that are for the most part unpublished.
The illustration material is accompanied by a carefully laid out collection of period objects, mostly made up of findings from the former battlefields. They come with the fascination of pieces dug out ninety years after being used, and they give a general idea of the equipment of the armies operating on the Italian-Austrian front.
The true showpiece of the museum is the 3-D diorama (3 mt. by 2 mt.) that faithfully reproduces the morphology of the local operational theater. The diorama faithfully shows the fortified positions, the entrenchment lines, the supply lines, and each side's deployments on October 31st, 1917, and other details that are essential to understanding the war events that involved these places.
In the second area, a faithful military reproduction of the fighting of Mt. Ragogna and Cornino stands out, together with copies of rare period documents, and a graphic summary of the most meaningful areas that can still be visited between Mt. Peralba and the Adriatic Sea.
The museum's potential is boosted by the adjacent multimedia hall. This has been built on two wide adjoining rooms. It is equipped with computers, notebook, digital projector, transparency projector, wide screen, palmtops... The equipment and the seating of the hall (some 100 persons) make it suitable for hosting meetings, seminaries, various kinds of screenings and similar initiatives. The Municipality of Ragogna can be asked for the use of the hall for theme initiatives.
The museum-multimedia complex is wholly imprinted by a multi-lingual outlook (Italian/German), with a view to the cross-border utilization that is typical of the INTERREG III/A Project titled “I Luoghi della Grande Guerra/ Die Ortschaften des Ersten Weltkrieges”.
For groups and organized parties, it is possible to book guided visits at the Great War Museum (also beyond the opening hours) by contacting at least seven days in advance the Gruppo Storico Friuli Collinare or the Municipality of Ragogna (see Contacts page).
Opening hours: TUESDAY, THURSDAY and SATURDAY, 03:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.