The MUMAB – Ancient Sea and Biodiversity Museum is located in the Millepioppi farm (well confiscated from the Mafia) in San Nicomede in Salsomaggiore Terme.
It consists of two sections:
The “Geopaleontological” section preserves one of the richest and most scientifically interesting paleontological heritages recovered in the Padano Basin. The finds are the result of extensive research and excavations carried out by Raffaele Quarantelli (1930 – 2004) and other paleontophiles from Salsese, in the bed of the Stirone stream from the second half of 1960, when the intense erosion of the bottom made by the waters of the stream brought to light a series of sediments so rich in fossil finds as to arouse the interest of the local population and the international scientific world. The visit to the Museum therefore allows you to discover the evolutionary processes that led to the birth of the Padano Basin and governed its evolution between the Middle Miocene (about 14 million years ago) and the Middle Pleistocene (500 thousand years ago), projecting the visitor in a distant world, when the “ancient sea” covered our lands.
Captivating graphics, all also translated into English, illustrate phases and findings, while an interactive video station on the wall allows you to “travel” through geological eras. In the immersive room you can “dive” into the silent atmosphere of the marine world and next to it you can see the only specimen in the world of the fin whale “Plesiobalaenoptera quarantellii” recovered in 1985 when the erosion of the Stirone stream brought to light this almost intact skeleton dating back to early Tortonian (10-11 million years ago).
The “Biological Section” is set up in the former stable of the farmhouse on the farm. A section dedicated to “present time” allows us to understand and appreciate how the most remote history of these places has also shaped today’s environment, with its delicate river habitats, determining its great wealth in terms of biodiversity. Naturalistic dioramas, illustrated panels and exhibits lead us to discover the richness of biological variety that characterizes the Park today and to understand its protection and conservation needs.