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Opened in 1999, the museum is located on the island of Salina. The purpose of the museum is to remind overseas emigration of the Aeolian that, between the 19th and 20th century, left the archipelago to head mainly to Australia, Argentina and the United States. The materials collected for the formation of the museum have been exposed until a few years ago in the Palazzo Marchetti in Malfa and later moved to the nearby library of the town which still has a wealth of books and audio-video of publications and documentaries of ‘Aeolian emigration to the Americas and Australia.
In the entrance hall of the museum, the first corner is dedicated to the phylloxera crisis epidemic which, since 1889, has destroyed the vines causing the disastrous collapse of the Aeolian economy, this pushed the local population to emigrate
Inside the museum you can find church materials to accentuate the departures of the Aeolian and insurance policies on the life of emigrants remained solitary island; there is documentation of community Aeolian from America and Australia reporting the data of departures from 1881. Of particular interest are the biographies of prominent personalities of the Aeolian community and commercial activities of the time.