Herbs and Health over the Centuries
Aboca Museum is a great cultural project wanted by Aboca to recover and spread the traditional use of medicinal herbs.
The route, “Herbs and Health throughout the Centuries”, which covers two floors of the 18th century Palazzo Bourbon Del Monte exhibits a fine collection of mortars, ceramics, glassware, laboratory tools, books and ancient herbals in which you can admire the artistic work in service of medical-herbal science throughout the centuries.
The history of the relationship between man and medicinal plants is explored in depth through historical and philosophical exhibitions that explain on clear panels all of the symbolic constructions in the world of herbs, produced by a boundless variety of human cultures, on the theological, philosophical, mythological, magical and literary levels.
A very important part of the museum is Bibliotheca Antiqua, the botanical library, composed of about a thousand printed volumes from historic periods included among the 16th and the 20th-century, which holds a variety of types of works, ranging from the first treatises on the “simples” to the study of pharmaceutical botany, volumes of alchemy to pharmacopoeia, natural science, ancient recepies.
A permanent scientific committee consisting of major international experts in the field helped build the project and continues to work with the museum in organizing all of the events – shows, conferences, seminars and publications – that the institution plans to the periodically put on.