The museum is made up of large exhibition halls and a multi-purpose room which is used for conferences and as a venue for temporary exhibitions. The layout allows the visitor to follow the story of the phenomenon of migration, especially to the Americas, through special eduactional panels with captions and message boards. There are also exhibits with original artifacts and documents such as passports, certificates, tickets and passenger lists. The photographic images and small objects guide the visitor through a journey of "real life" that is actually made up of many individual stories.
After the introduction, the partially completed museum leads the visitor to learn about the experiences of the Italian-American Pascal D'Angelo through his literary works. The phenomenon of the "Great Migration" to America is described through original documents, sound and images. An educational area of study is available to anyone who wants to learn more about the stories concerning the migration from Abruzzo.
The visitor experience can be enhanced by the consultation of other documents which are stored in the specialist library attached to the museum.
Historical NotesOpened in June of 2011 in a wing of the historic Palazzo Trasmondi, the museum is recognised by the Abruzzo region. It was named for the Italian - American poet and writer Pascal D'Angelo, who was born in Introdacqua in 1894 and who emigrated to America in 1910 in search of better luck.
The museum contains in its rooms one of the latest segments of Abruzzese history, resulting from the important and growing phenomenon of migration that has involved thousands of local people since the last two decades of the 19th century. In the museum, the history of Pascal D'Angelo is intertwined with that of his emigration from Abruzzo to America. His modest beginnings and his tough childhood, where he was made to work in the fields. Then his journey in search of the "American dream" which was followed, however, by years of hard work, sacrifice and deprivation; the stubborn obstinacy which prompted him to stay and, finally, the fulfilment of his desires.
In this sense the figure of Pascal D'Angelo, the poet of the shovel and pick, "son of Italy", really embodies the emigration of the people of Abruzzo, and this is consistently shown in the exhibition rooms of the museum.