The Museum had the didactic aim of fostering the development among the Italian youth of patriotic feelings
("was intended to instil in the youth an idea of a common Fatherland ").
In just a few months the Museum received a lot of donations: single items such as red shirts and medals belonging to the Thousand Garibaldini; mementos with emotional and symbolic meanings, such as the bread given to Frizzoni by a Croatian, a Milanese needlewoman skull, a lock of Garibaldi's hair, a clod of earth bearing Garibaldi's footprint, a shred catched from an austrian banner. These mementos played a central role when the Museum was opened in 1917 and afterwards when it was reorganized in1959, because they hinted at the deeds of the italian heroes, at the extreme sacrifices endured by people for their fatherland, at moments of joy
Today these mementos have lost much of their emotional and symbolic value men ascribed to them in the past but they are still useful to understand the tastes and the approach to the study of history of the period.