CSAC museum

Abbey of Valserena, Viazza di Paradigna, 1 - 43122 - Parma (PR)

Phone: +39 0521903500

Opening times

The museum is open on Friday from 9am to 3pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm


full price € 10,00
concessions € 8,00 – groups from 10 to 20 people; Fai, Tessera Touring Club, Carta Più e MultiPiù Feltrinelli cards
concessions € 5,00 – grousp over 20 peole; from 13 to 18 years old, University stundents UNIPR, High school teachers of the Public European schools,
concessions € 3,00 – high school school groups
free – under 13, 2 group leaders of minimum 25 people, 1 group leader of minimum 10 people, Unipr students with a teacher, press, tourist guides and interpreters on duty, disabled and careers

Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (Csac),


The museum of the Centre of studies and Archive of communication of the Parma University (CSAC), hosts the widest visual and design cultural heritage in Italy about the 20th century, with more than 12 millions of works divided in five sections: Art (over 1.700 paintings, 300 sculptures, 17.000 drawings), Photography (with more than 300 funds and more than 9 millions of pictures), Fashion (with about 70.000 pieces among sketches, drawings, dresses, magazines), Design (1.500.000 drawings, 800 maquettes, 2000 objects) and Media (7.000 sketches for posters, 2.000 movie posters, 11.000 satire drawings and comics and 3.000 illustrations).

The Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione (CSAC) was founded in the late 1960s and early 1970s by an idea by Arturo Carlo Quintavalle. The original idea is to build a collection of original works and documents, entire archives, of the various forms of visual communication mainly of the twentieth century and contemporary, donated by the authors to the University on the model of the American university collections.The museum, that is hosted in the majestic latin crossed monastery church, in the Columns

and in the Ipogea halls, shows a permanent exhibition, which may change and renew forever, thanks to the extraordinary visual repertoire of the Archive, whose works will be put on display by rotation.

The CSAC, since 2007 hosted in the prestigious Cistercian Abbey of Valserena (https://www.csacparma.it/), a place whose historical-architectural value adds value to the uniqueness of the collections, is a center of excellence of the University of Parma organized in five sections: Art, Media, Project, Photography, Show and incardinated on a heritage that currently includes more than 12,000,000 pieces, which is continually updated through fund increases and new acquisitions.

Because of the consistency of its collections and the coexistence of different “cultural products” of the twentieth century, the CSAC is a unique European that contains in itself, in addition to the archive, a museum and an academic center where research activities are carried out, teaching and third mission. The University of Parma is fully aware of this artistic, cultural and formative uniqueness and, in addition to systematically investing important resources on the structure, to ensure its operation and fruition, has launched a wider policy of sharing, both at the level of the regional government, and of the Ministries for Cultural Heritage and Activities and for Tourism (MIBACT) and University and Research (MUR), aimed at maximising the value of the CSAC at national and international level