Museo malacologico Malakos

Città di Castello

The museum hosts the largest private malacological collection in Europe made up of 600,000 specimens of more than 15,000 species. A unique opportunity to dive into the discovery of the nature.
The Malakos Association is an environmental conservation and protection no profit organization.
We operate on environmental education, research and manage Malakos Museum in Città di Castello.​
The museum collection is the largest private malacological collection in Europe, more than 650 thousand finds organized in a scientific and consultable collection.

It is the reference collection of the CNR-ISMAR for Italy, in Bologna  and is available to specialists, students and the general public.​


Director and Project Manager Dr. Debora Nucci

Researcher and Designer Dr. Beatrice Santucci

Founder and Curator Prof. Gianluigi Bini

Paleontologist Dr. Riccardo Ferri

President Giuliano Acquisti

We carry out a fervent work on teaching, in our classrooms and in schools, we operate with various topics ranging from natural sciences, biology, chemistry, paleontology up to anthropology.

We use informal teaching with a hands-on inductive method in all its forms, to disseminate science at all levels: from nursery school to university, up to courses for teachers.

Download the teaching brochure on our website and book an experience with us!
it is possible to book full-day or two-day trips, also visit the nearby Center of Popular Traditions and have a packed lunch.

Discover the events schedule from September to March and book workshops and private visits in spring and summer!

You can also celebrate your birthday, wedding and special events with us!

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info 349.5823613 - 075.8552119


Ehxibition show shells, which sets off on a journey around the world and into the past to meet other animals, plants, fossils and tell an extraordinary story. A journey that will take us to explore distant places and remote eras. We will start from the Malacology room as a base camp for countless discoveries, with the shell that will take us to the oceans with the Blue Path and to the deserts and forests with the Earth room; we will then take a dive into the past with fossil finds, ammonites and we will delve into the bowels of the earth thanks to sparkling minerals in the Geology room. An Anthropology exhibition will show us original pieces that are part of our distant past, to excite us with the tools handled by our ancestors and finally an immersive journey where all the senses will be involved thanks to the Sensory Exhibition. Keywords “discovery and emotion!” ​ 6 differents rooms and paths for an exploration of planet earth and nature. Each room is combined with a guided tour and a practical laboratory, which can be booked with the biologists and paleontologist. Focus spot on Pleurotomariae, very rare to see especially all together, and Murici, temporary showcases that will change periodically to illustrate the most particular families of molluscs.​ Malakos also houses the reconstruction of a coral reef, made up of materials from seizures by the CITES police, with endemic, rare and endangered species.

Malakos museum is housed in the villa of the Marquis Gioacchino Capeletti (1876-1969), built around the second half of the sixteenth century by the Tifernate Vitelli family as a country residence close to the Tiber river.
Capelletti was born in Rieti and had amassed a vast collection of railway modelling in the villa that he decided to leave in inheritance to the Cassa di Risparmio bank of Città di Castello, together with his residency and the surrounding buildings, to be used by the public.
Museo malacologico Malakos, along with the Centro delle tradizioni popolari “Livio Dalla Ragione”, is part of the Garavelle museum complex.

Once at the museum, download the RIM Altotevere App and frame the QR codes placed along the route to access exclusive content.

Villa Capelletti
Loc. Garavelle, Città di Castello (PG)
Tel: 075 855 2119
Tel: 075 857 8440
Cell: 349 582 36 13
Opening hours
10.00-12.30 e 15.00-17.30

“Explorer kit” for children (treasure hunt)

Immersive lab for children 0-6: “Baby Habitat”

Workshops, exhibitions  for family, children and adults

Educational workshops for schools

Book-crossing point


Full price 5,00 €
The ticket includes entrance to the Garavelle Centre of Popular Traditions.

Reduced 3,00 €
Groups of 15 people or more, over 65’s, 6 to 14 year olds.

Children under 6 years of age, Schools of Città di Castello .

Booking is required to guided visits, laboratory and the scientific collections.

  • Free wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Parking
  • Toilet
  • Nursery
  • Dogs allowed
  • Library
  • Bookshop
  • Guided school visits
  • Educational service
  • Guided tours
  • Bookcrossing BookCrossing point
  • Bambini Services for children
  • Parco Park