Located inside Palazzo Sardi and established by the Comunità Montana Peligna to illustrate and educate about aspects of our local nature, it consists of several sections. There is also a documentation centre with meeting rooms, an educational workshop, a themed display dedicated to rocks and the water cycle. Thee are also entomological collections of minerals and a small collection of fossils on display.
Entomological SectionThe valuable collection consists of more than 4,000 perfectly preserved specimens of insects (originally 7,000), representing all the insect families. These were prepared and donated by the Sulmonese naturalist Mario Tirabassi together with illustrative teaching tables hand-drawn by him. Among the species on display, almost all belonging to Abruzzo, some stand out as being particularly beautiful and rare endemic species, exclusive to the area or related in particular to mountain environments, especially near the Majella mountain range.
Mineral SectionThe rich collection of minerals consists of more than 1,000 samples from numerous mineral species from around the world, with specimens of rare beauty, hard to find crystals and pieces of great value and scientific interest.
Paleontology SectionThe Paleontological collection, acquired by the Mountain Community in 2001, is made up of pieces of particular rarity and beauty, even if not of local origin, which complete an ideal illustration of the biological and environmental sustainability of the planet, in a kind time voyage back millions of years.
Themed DisplaysIn the section devoted to "The mountain: stone and water," the geological history of the rocks and the water cycle is explained, with particular attention given to the hydro-geological characteristics of this area, the use of local stone in human activities and finally, the problems relating to the protection of our precious resources. A detailed scale model reproduces the entire Valle Peligna area.
Teaching laboratory and other facilitiesA well-equipped laboratory is available for in-depth learning activities, with optical and digital microscopes and other tools for experimental observation. The museum also has a documentation centre with scientific texts and Abruzzese cultural documents available for consultation or loan.