The DEMHIST (Comitè International Demheures Historiques) - chaired for two consecutive terms by Rosanna Pavoni - has identified a set of Categories, corresponding to the themes addressed by the houses that have become museums.
Click on the following Categories and explore the House Museum in our Network.
• Personality houses are houses of writers, artists, musicians, politicians, military heroes, entrepreneurs - in other words people who were either internationally famous or who locally personify the values and qualities of the community to which they belong.
• Collectors' houses are houses chosen or designed and furnished by collectors and therefore representative of the tastes of the collectors and of the homes of a certain historical period.
• Houses of beauty are houses where the primary reason for a museum is the house as a work of art, either because of its architecture, furnishings and décor, or because of the overall coherence of the project.
• Houses representative of historic events are houses that commemorate an event or successfully represent the changes that took place by contemporary society, visible in the changes in the quality of everyday life in the home.
• Local society houses are houses turned into museums not for any particular historical or artistic reason but because the local community was usually seeking a local cultural facility that may reflect its own identity.
• Ancestral homes are villas and palaces where generations of the same family or families have lived and left a lasting mark of their own history.
• Royal palaces and power houses are royal palaces and houses completely historicised and turned into museums or (as often happens outside Italy) still partially used as originally intended.
• Vernacular Houses are vernacular buildings such as modest farms valued as reflecting a lost way of life and/or building construction. These house museums have recently been reborn, often as part of ecomuseums, places capable of telling the history of a community using the landscape, places where people worked and therefore also where they lived.