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Diego de Henriquez War for Peace Museum

Explaining war to preserve peace

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Where is

Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Via Costantino Cumano, 22, 34139 Trieste TS, Italia (69m s.l.m.)


What it is and where it is

The Diego De Henriquez War for Peace Museum stands in the garage of a former armored vehicle barracks. The main pavilion is a modern building consisting of corrugated steel panels alternating with large windows. The adjacent buildings are awaiting renovations planned for the next few years. Only part of the immense De Henriquez collection is currently on display : thematic paths show weapons, tools, artillery and vehicles from the Great War, accompanied by numerous artifacts related to daily life and the vicissitudes of the early postwar period.

Why it is special

This museum was Diego de Henriquez's life's purpose, the fulfillment of his dreams as a collector and scholar. With the valuable 2014 exhibit, the museum is beginning to achieve the true spirit of its founder, who, yes, collected objects of death and destruction, but always with an educational, technical purpose, with the aim of attracting with the curiosity of the war piece and then retaining with the explanation of how that war happened and what it entailed.

Not to be missed

The pieces preserved in this museum are often unique in Italy if not the world and will prove fascinating to both the novice and the hardened historian. Certainly Kanone 18 from outside the museum is a nice calling card. It is indeed what greets visitors: a mammoth piece of German field artillery from World War II, in this case a 170mm, so imposing that De Henriquez himself called it the "Atomic Cannon."

A bit of history

Diego De Henriquez began as a boy to collect archaeological artifacts on the Karst, both related to the Great War and linked to older eras. The layout we see today is recent: restoration of the hangars intended to house the collections began in 2012, leading to the museum's inauguration in 2014. Since that very year marked the centenary of World War I, it was decided to focus the exhibit on artifacts from that period, but there are many other exhibits in the collection that are waiting patiently for visitors to engage with.


The logo chosen for the museum fully reflects the contrast between war and peace told by De Henriquez with his collection. It is in fact the capital letter H, the initial of the collector's last name. The vertical lines are gray, cold, leaden, like the war artifacts. The horizontal section of the letter, on the other hand, is defined by the colors of the rainbow and with its ends towers above the two vertical rods. This is because peace ultimately prevails over war.

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A unique place. The life's work of a man who managed, through the vicissitudes of war, totalitarianism and reconstruction, to accumulate enough archaeological, war and cultural material to set up a museum.


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