Trentino knows how to enchant thanks to its trekking in the mountains, its splendid views, its lunches in the ‘malghe’ (shepherd’s huts), its playgrounds, and its numerous child-friendly museums and castles.
During a holiday in Trentino, it is worth discovering these extraordinary museums and suggestive castles where children can learn in a fun and interactive way a little more about the area around them.
So, let’s discover the most important museums in Trentino, most of which organise a variety of activities and workshops, and the castles in Trentino where children can dive into the past and feel like princes or princesses for a day.
Museums for children in Trentino
1. Muse, Trento Science Museum
The first museum on the list could only be the Muse or Trento Science Museum.
Six floors of pure amazement, each of which recounts an aspect of life on Earth, ranging from notions of Alpine nature to the theme of sustainability.
Thanks to the interactive stations, the child truly becomes an active protagonist of the experience. Go to article
2. Caproni Aeronautics Museum
Also in Trento, you can visit another gem among the children’s museums in Trentino, the Gianni Caproni Aeronautical Museum.
The museum houses a rich collection of vintage aeroplanes and historical memorabilia of the Caproni family, related to aeronautics.
Children will certainly enjoy trying out the flight simulator to experience flying a helicopter, a piper or a glider.
Reservation at the museum is not compulsory and the ticket price is €4.50 for adults and €3.00 for 15-26 year olds. Free for children under 14 years of age.
The Caproni Museum also periodically organises special activities.
3. The Bee Museum in Croviana
The MMape – Museo Mulino dell’Ape, is housed inside an old watermill in Croviana, Val di Sole.
MMape was opened in 2014 thanks to an association that supports and promotes its activity, and is entirely dedicated to this very important pollinating insect.
The guided tour lasts half an hour and leads to the discovery of the life of bees and the dangers they face on a daily basis, thanks also to interactive stations.
At the end of the visit, a tasting of three different types of honey is offered. Go to article
4. Museums for children in Trentino: Mart in Rovereto
The Mart is the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art enclosed within the iconic glass and steel dome in Rovereto.
It houses around 20,000 works of art which, in themselves, have little attraction for a child, but visit routes dedicated to the youngest visitors and animated visits aimed at 5-12 year olds have been devised.
In addition, inside the Baby Mart, children can play, draw and read and, every Sunday, they can take part in the Little Mart workshops, where they can learn in a playful way about the different facets of art.
5. Pile dwelling museums: Ledro and Fiavè
In Trentino you can visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites dedicated to the prehistoric pile dwellings in the Alps: Ledro and Fiavè.
At the Lake Ledro Pile-Dwelling Museum, the territorial headquarters of the Muse, you can walk among the huts suspended over the water, admire artefacts from the period, and participate in workshops and activities.
In Fiavè, you first visit the museum, which houses exceptional historical artefacts, and then continue just outside the town (it’s a 30-minute walk), with the Parco Archeo Natura and the spectacular pile-dwelling village reconstructed on a 1:1 scale.
Here, too, there are guided tours and workshops.
6. Museums for children in Trentino: METS San Michele
The METS-Museo etnografico trentino San Michele is located in San Michele all’Adige, about 20 kilometres north of Trento.
Its 43 rooms reconstruct the environments of the period and house a variety of objects such as looms, stoves, carts, mills, sledges, used in the agricultural and pastoral subsistence of the inhabitants of the Trentino valleys in the past.
There is also craftsmanship and evidence of art, music and popular folklore .
There are also many educational workshops aimed at families and organised at certain times of the year.
Children’s museums in Trentino: openings
The children’s museums in Trentino mentioned in the article are open all year round.
Exceptions are the pile dwelling museums of Ledro and Fiavè, which are open from March to October.
Educational activities for families with children are often organised during the holidays.
To keep up to date, you can consult the official page of the Trentino museums.
For children, visiting the castles of Trentino means living a fairy tale.
Spacious halls, sumptuous rooms, precious period furnishings, allow you to take a plunge into the past.
Below, you will find the castles in Trentino, which can be visited with children, that we liked best.
1. Buonconsiglio Castle
Buonconsiglio Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in the region, home to the prince-bishops of the county until 1800.
As well as organising workshops for children, inside you can admire archaeological finds ranging from prehistory to the early Middle Ages, frescoed ceilings, medieval paintings and the cycle of the months in the Eagle Tower.
2. Thun Castle
Thun Castle , located in the beautiful setting of Val di Non, was the home of the illustrious Thun family.
It is one of the best preserved castles in Trentino.
Inside, precious period furnishings, stately rooms and a library with 10,000 volumes will fascinate you.
For the entire visit, count about one and a half hours. Go to the complete article.
3. Castles for children in Trentino: Castel Beseno
Castel Beseno is the largest fortress in Trentino, once guarding the Adige Valley.
It is located in Besenello, between Rovereto and Trento, and offers a magnificent view over the Vallagarina.
Of medieval origins, Castel Beseno underwent extensive renovation in the first half of the 16th century, giving it its current appearance.
The most striking part is certainly the walkway system on the walls, but also the inner halls with ancient traces of frescoes.
Today, the castle is the venue for shows and historical re-enactments.
For more information, see the official website.
4. Rovereto Castle
Rovereto Castle is one of the best examples of late-medieval Alpine fortifications.
It also houses the Rovereto Italian War History Museum, the most important in Italy.
Children will be able to approach the delicate subject of war through two visit routes, divided according to the age of the young visitors.
Numerous activities are proposed for the family, such as workshops and treasure hunts.
For more information, visit the official website.
5. Arco Castle
The Arco Castle, perched on a rocky spur, can be reached from the town of Arco via a walk of about twenty minutes among the olive trees.
The path is uphill and we recommend wearing comfortable trainers.
From the spur, the castle dominates the Upper Garda plain.
All that remains today of the ancient fortress are the towers, part of the surrounding walls and some buildings in ruins.
The interior of the castle, however, has been restored and you can visit the Prigione del Sasso and the Torre Grande, whose walls are decorated with a splendid cycle of frescoes, depicting ladies intent on playing chess!
For more information, check out the official website.
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