Museums are either the product of a clear-sighted institutional design, or the result of the perseverance and passion of a single individual who - having at heart a personal remembrance or a cultural heritage - finds the resources and builds the human context to carry out such a venture. Determination, passion and complicity are critical components of these intricate endeavors. The Museo Laboratorio della Mente (Museum Lab of the Mind founded by the Local Health Unit ‘ASL Roma E’) was created thanks to these valuable human components, truly basic in the field of mental illness. In our times of oblivion, this museum responds to the critical need to keep alive the memory of the past discriminatory practices of mental asylums and also to commemorate Franco Basaglia’s unconventional, often radical approach in mental health. These two critical aims require careful research work to develop original ways in displaying effectively these issues.
Keywords: Psychiatric hospital, society, stigma, museum, narrative, multimedia.