Miniature Armies



Miniature Armies
Models from the collections of the War Museum


Torbole sul Garda, ex Colonia Pavese
20.04.2019 – 30.10.2019


Opening times
Tuesday – Sunday | 16-21

Ticket 4 €
Free admission up to 14 years

With the exhibition ticket, reduced admission to the War Museum of Rovereto.


Colonia Pavese, a former holiday camp in Torbole sul Garda, hosts this exhibition about the different uses of models in the military. Objects and documents from the collections of Rovereto’s War Museum can be seen, along with important loans from other collections. Particular attention is given to the cultural importance of modelling, looking beyond the technical aspect to explore the context of leisure time.

Since ancient times, reproducing objects to scale has been part of everyday life. Yet, the practice has changed over time: from devotional objects used in burials or as votive offerings, to models for increasingly complex purposes.

Before the digital age, reproducing battlefields to scale was an important tool for defining military tactics and strategies. Models were used as prototypes for military equipment but also as sculptures or memorials.

In colonial times, models reproducing scenes from distant conquered lands sparked a taste for the exotic in the civilian population. The 20th century saw modelling, in its broadest sense, become a means of making scale reconstructions of significant historical events. Only in the last few decades have models become collector’s items and toys.

The exhibition examines these different aspects, offering a glimpse into the evolution of military modelling through models, dioramas and figures. The project is enriched by collaborations with numerous modelling and collector’s associations, who will organise activities and events for the exhibition’s opening.


Con il contributo di
Provincia autonoma di Trento, Comune di Nago Torbole, Bim dell’Adige



In collaborazione con
Associazione Culturale Benàch, Associazione Raggruppamento SPA, Comitato ricostruzione carro armato Fiat 2000, Dolomites Bricks, Federazione Italiana Flames of War, GAR Gruppo Aeromodellisti Rovereto, G.M.T. Gruppo Modellistico Trentino di studio e ricerca storica, Your Command!







Partner della mostra
Azienda per il Turismo Rovereto e Vallagarina, Azienda per il Turismo Garda Trentino



Azienda agricola Madonna della Vittorie – Arco (TN), Distilleria Marzadro – Nogaredo (TN)