Heir to the "Museo Popolare di Storia e d'Arte Braidese", opened in 1919, it was established on the initiative of Euclide Milano, teacher and expert of ethnography and local history, who devoted himself to the collections passionately and tenaciously. The original project included the subdivision into sections aimed at documenting the history of the territory of Bra starting from the Roman times which represented an era of prosperity for the town of Pollentia (today it is called Pollenzo and
The exhibition of the works and finds is divided into three floors of the building.
The archaeological section is set up on the ground floor and the second floor. On the ground floor there are stones and epigraphic finds. In the rooms of the second floor we can enjoy a chronological and thematic itinerary that illustrates the history and the finds of the Roman city of Pollentia.
On the main floor (first floor) some works of art and of historical interest are exhibited in different rooms. In the loggia, which leads to the rooms,we can see the Freedom Tree, planted in 1798.
Did you know that among the finds of the historical collections of Palazzo Traversa there is the fragment of an Egyptian mummy (the terminal part of the legs and feet) of which we do not know the origin, but which Euclid Milano points out among the "different Antiquities" in opening speech of the museum?
Did you know that the bell now located in the museum garden was installed on the bell tower of the Capuchin convent, which once bordered Palazzo Traversa and in the 1960s gave way to the Craveri Middle School?
Did you know that the surviving segments of the Braidese Tree of Liberty (1798), exhibited in the loggia of Palazzo Traversa, were recovered from a house under renovation in nearby Via Monte di Pietà, where they had been reused in the roof truss for the anchoring the gutter?