Fort Bard opens a new and fascinating historical place. To the ambitious museum project made of the opening of the Museum of the Alps, the thematic itineraries The Children’s Alps and the Prisons, next to spaces dedicated to temporary exhibitions of international scene, the tourist and cultural centre of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta adds an unusual precious item.
Starting from April 30th, 2017 a new museum will be delivered to the public: The Ferdinand, Museum of Fortifications and Frontiers. Located in the Opera Ferdinando, on the first level of the fortress of Bard, the museum offers an exciting journey through the evolution of defensive techniques, the siege and the border concept systems.
From the need to provide more historical interpretations both of the site and of the Fort, it was necessary to expand - in time and space - this itinerary of knowledge, framing the configuration of the nineteenth-century fortress, in the history of long life of fortification systems, in the framework of the Alps as a limit, obstacle, natural barrier, wireless border, land and political boundary well lived, crossed, defended and fortified.
The museum is divided into three different sections: the “Museum of the Fort and of the Fortifications”, “The Fortified Alps (1871-1946)” and “The Alps, a boundary?”.