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- Casa Museo 'G. Puccini'
Loc. Corte di S. Lorenzo, Via di Poggio, 9
tel. 0583584028
www.puccini.it

The Museum is in the old house (XVIth century) of Giacomo Puccini’s ancestors at the centre of the village from where the family originated. The house is a good example of sixteenth century mansion, with an elegant first floor, a cellar and an attic. Giacomo, fifth and last musician of the Puccini family, loved the place very much; here he spent long months of his childhood and early youth. The Museum has two purposes: the first is to show a typical country house with all its furniture, utensils and farm tools and the second is to exhibit in the apartments on the first floor the Puccini relics that were donated by the musician’s nephews.

Open since 10.00am to 6.00pm, everyday since 01/06 to 30/09. Since 10.00am to 1.00pm and sice 3.00pm to 6.00pm everyday in the rest of the year. Close on Monday.
Entrance: €3,00 full price and €2,00 reduced price.

 

- Gipsoteca dell'Istituto d'Arte 'A. Passaglia'
P.za Napoleone, 29
tel. 0583492776

Open on request on Monday (since September to May), free entrance ticket.

 

- Museo Civico di Storia Naturale del Liceo Classico "N. Machiavelli"
Palazzo Lucchesini, via degli Asili, 35
tel. 058346471

Open since 4.00pm to 7.00pm, third Saturday of each month (since October to May). Free entrance ticket.

 

- Museo del Risorgimento
Palazzo della Provincia, Cortile degli Svizzeri, 6
tel. 058391636 - 0583955765

The Risorgimento Museum occupies several rooms of the Palazzo Ducale and illustrates the period of Italian history between 1821 and WWI, known as Risorgimento, through a series of interesting exhibits. Some of them are particularly noteworthy, namely the flag of the ¿Carbonari¿, gift of the Province, the flags of the National Guard and of the XIIth battalion, as well as the relics of Garibaldi and Mazzini. Arms of different periods and from different countries are also on exhibition. The Museum can be visited by appointment only.

Open on request, free entrance ticket.

 

- Museo della Cattedrale
P.zza Antelminelli, 5
tel. 0583490530

Founded by the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca and opened at the end of 1922, the Museum is housed in a complex consisting of a XIIIth century tower house, a XVIth century church and a XIVth century main building. The Architectonic complex that contains the Museum of the Cathedral is therefore composed of three buildings, erected in different periods between the XIIIth and XIXth centuries and variously connected according to the needs.
In converting this architectonic complex into a Museum care was taken to restore and preserve both vertical as well as horizontal structures, creating exhibition space on a series of communicating offset levels. Inside the Museum are on display objects of art that prove a century long tradition of devotion and affection to the Cathedral and the Volto Santo figure, an ancient crucifix, object of worship since the Middle Ages when it was known in the whole of Europe.
Altar cloths, liturgical objects, choir books, sacred silverware and paintings, together with many marble statues and fragments all come from the Romanesque Duomo.

Open since 10.00am to 6.00pm since Monday to Sunday (in summer).
Since 10.00am to 6.00pm since Monday to Friday and since 10.00am to 6.00 on Saturday and Sunday (in winter).
Entrance: €3,50 full ticket and €2,00 reduced ticket.

 

- Museo della Liberazione 1943-45
Palazzo Guinigi, via Sant'Andrea, 43
tel. 0583342010 - 0583490294
www.beniculturali.provincia.lucca.it/luccaedintorni

The Historical Museum of the War of Liberation was founded in 1988 as a joint initiative of the members of the “Associazione Toscana Volontari della Libertà” and those of the “Centro Educazione Democratica”, part of the larger “Federazione Italiana Volontari della Libertà”. This Museum is unique in its kind in so far as it reconstructs the history of the Italian army, navy and air force during the 1940-1943 period of WWII. It preserves relics, photos, maps and uniforms; in a special section are kept the urns containing earth from Italian military graveyards and Italian villages or towns where massacres by the Nazis occurred.
In future the over 1000 volumes deposited here will be rearranged and catalogued to form a library.

Open since 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Wednesday to Saturday and the third Sunday of each month. Open in the other days on request.
Free entrance.

 

- Museo e Pinacoteca Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi
Palazzo Mansi, via Galli Tassi, 43
tel. 058355570

The National Museum of Palazzo Mansi is housed in one of the most luxurious mansions of the town, built between the end of XVIth and the beginning of the XVIIth century. The Mansi family bought the building in 1616 and transformed it into a representative palace between 1687 and 1692: austere on the outside and sumptuous in its interiors according to the Baroque taste of the time.
When it became state property in 1965 the palace had lost most of its original furniture which had been scattered and sold on antique fairs in the middle of the past century; the magnificent first floor, however, decorated with frescoes and precious tapestries, was near to intact. Between 1965 and 1977 the palace was restored and adapted to house a museum that was opened to the public in 1977; it also contained an Art Gallery with paintings from the Medici and Grand Dukes¿ collections.
During the 80¿s renovation works on the whole structure and on the museum have been completed together with the restoration of the monumental apartments. The lost original furniture was replaced by pieces from other town mansions and the Art Gallery enriched by acquisitions from private collections. Today the rooms on the ground floor are used for temporary exhibitions, while the second floor hosts the exhibition of XIXth century painting from Lucca as well as the textiles section.

Open since 8.30am to 7.00pm since Tuesday to Saturday and since 8.30am to 1.30 pm on Sunday. Close on Monday.
Entrance: €4,00 full ticket, €2,50 reduced ticket, €6,00 full trought ticket with Villa Guinigi and €3,00 reduced trought ticket with Villa Guinigi.

 

- Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi
Via della Quarquonia
tel. 0583496033

The National Museum of Villa Guinigi is in one of the most ancient and illustrious town palaces. Paolo Guinigi, lord of Lucca, built his residence just outside the XIIIth century walls, towards Porta San Gervasio. Work began in 1413 on an imposing long large scale building, almost entirely made of brick, with open galleries on the two façades and a series of three-mullioned windows with slender columns on the main one. The interiors, gathered around a central hall, are vast and must have been decorated with wall paintings.
The art collections on display are among the richest connected with the history of Lucca. The works, almost all intended for devotional purposes, are representative of the development of figurative arts in Lucca and its region from the early Middle Ages until the XVIIIth century. They document the activity of local as well as foreign artists who worked in Lucca on ecclesiastic or lay commission. The archaeological section of the Museum on the ground floor is also important; it has become richer in recent years following a series of major finds.

Open since 8.30am to 7.00pm since Tuesday to Saturday and since 8.30am to 1.30 pm on Sunday. Close on Monday.
Entrance: €4,00 full ticket, €2,50 reduced ticket, €6,00 full trought ticket with Palazzo Mansi and €3,00 reduced trought ticket with Palazzo Mansi.

 

- Civica Raccolta e Ceramiche Rinascimentali
Camporgiano
Rocca Estense, P.za S. Giacomo
tel. 0583618888

The museum is housed in the main tower of the Rocca di Camporgiano. The origin of this monumental rocca is Medieval; in 1446 it passed from the Malaspina family to the Dukes of Este who gave it its present day form. The collection is displayed on the two floors of the main tower; it contains Renaissance terracotta and ceramics from excavations on the territory.

Open since 9.00am to 12.00am since Monday to Friday and since 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday (since june to august). Open on request in winter with free entrance ticket.

 

- Mostra Etnografica Perm.te per un Museo Contadino della Piana di Lucca
Capannori
Via Romana, 16
tel. 0583935808 - 0583935494

The aim of the cultural society "Ponte", created in 1985 in Capannori, is to discover, restore, exhibit and make available all traces of the past peasant life in the Plain of Lucca. In the last years the society has organised 4 exhibitions on specific topics and collected material concerning the life and habits of the local peasantry and artisans. Two of these exhibitions have now become permanent, retaining their original division in topics: 1. Spinning and weaving in the past, 2. Wheat: from field to table. The other two, i.e. 3. Transport and lifting of weights and 4. Woodwork according to the tradition of Lucca’s peasantry, are still waiting for an adequate placement. Typical cultures of the Plain are documented not only by tools, but also by photographs and other old documents. In addition to this the society has prepared two travelling exhibitions of photographs, "Images of traditional peasant life in Lucca 1880-1960" and "Images of Capannori in the first half of the XXth century".

Open on request with free entrance ticket.

 

- Villa Torrigiani
Capannori
loc. Camigliano
tel. 0583928041 - 330644211

Open since 10.00am to 12.00am and since 3.00pm to 6.30pm since 01/03 to 30/10. Close on Tuesday. Open in winter on request for groups.
Entrance: €9,00 full ticket and €7,00 reduced ticket.

 


- Mostra Permanente Archeologica "I Liguri Apuani"
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Rocca Ariostesca, P.zzetta Ariosto, 1
tel. 058362746

Open since 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturday and since 10.00am to 12.00am on Sunday. Close on Monday and Friday.
Free entrance.

 


- Mostra Permanente Archeologica 'Il Mesolitico'
Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Via Vallisneri, 10
tel. 058362746

Open since 9.00am to 12.00am and since 1.00pm to 3.00pm on Tuesday. Since 9.00am to 12.00am on Friday. Close the other days.
Free entrance.

 


- Museo Etnografico "Don Luigi Pellegrini"
Castiglione di Garfagnana
fraz. San Pellegrino in Alpe, Via del Voltone, 14
tel. 0583649072 – 058368604 - 0583417297
www.provincia.lucca.it

The Don Luigi Pellegrini Ethnographic Museum is housed in the medieval Hospital of San Pellegrino (XIth-XIIth century) where travellers and pilgrims crossing the Apennine along this route could find shelter and assistance. It is one of the most important collections focusing on material culture in central Italy. The exhibits reflect the traditions of the artisans, peasants and shepherds of the Serchio Valley and the Tuscan and Emilian Apennines from the beginning of the XIXth century until today. The Exhibition is divided into 14 rooms dedicated to different topics, from the reproduction of the interiors of a peasant house (its kitchen, cellars, bedrooms) to the representation of production cycles (planning, spinning and weaving, cheese making). A great number of tools shows the work on a farm (ploughing, harvesting, processing and conservation of different products), as well as that of the artisans with the reproduction of a blacksmith’s, a joiner’s workshop and a candle factory.

Open since 9.00am to 1.00pm since Monday to Friday, since 9.00am to 12.00am and since 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday and holidays, since 01/10 to 31/03.
Since 9.00am to 12.00am and since 2.00pm to 5.00pm since 01/04 to 31/05.
Since 9.30am to 1.00pm and since 2.30pm to 7.00pm since 01/06 to 30/09.
Close on Monday (except July, August and holidays).
Entrance: €2,50 full ticket and €1,00 reduced ticket.

 

- Museo della Figurina di Gesso e dell'Emigrazione
Coreglia Antelminelli
Palazzo Vanni, Via del Mangano, 17
tel. 058378082

The Museum of Plaster Statuettes and Emigration, unique in its kind, explains the art of modelling plaster and the associated phenomenon of the statuette makers¿ emigration from their homes in the mid Serchio valley between 1600 and today. In its showcases we find a vast range of plaster models produced in all parts of the world. One section is dedicated to the plaster statuettes and includes XVIIth century figures of cats, busts of historical and literary characters, copies of Greek and Roman sculpture as well as a XIXth century Christmas crib. Another section, on the ground floor, preserves documents on the emigration of the statuette makers such as passports, letters and photographs. Finally, much space has been devoted to the illustration of the methods used in making the figures and to the display of the religious statuettes that made the fortune of so many artisans in the second half of the XIXth century.
This Museum is a must for all those interested in the history and development of plaster statuettes.

Open since 9.00am to 1.00pm in working days.
Since 9.00am to 1.00pm since Monday to Friday, since 10.00am to 1.00pm and since 3.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, since 01/06 to 30/09.
Entrance: €2,00 full ticket and €1,00 reduced ticket.

 


- Casa Museo dei Puccini
Pescaglia
fraz. Celle dei Puccini, Via Meletori, 27
tel. 0583359154

The Museum is in the old house (XVIth century) of Giacomo Puccini’s ancestors at the centre of the village from where the family originated. The house is a good example of sixteenth century mansion, with an elegant first floor, a cellar and an attic. Giacomo, fifth and last musician of the Puccini family, loved the place very much; here he spent long months of his childhood and early youth. The Museum has two purposes: the first is to show a typical country house with all its furniture, utensils and farm tools and the second is to exhibit in the apartments on the first floor the Puccini relics that were donated by the musician’s nephews.

Open since 9.00am to 12.00am and since 3.00pm to 7.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, on request in the other days.
Entrance: €1,50.

 


- Museo del Castagno
Pescaglia, Loc. Colognora
tel. 0583358159 - 0583954465
www.museo-del-cappello.it

The Chestnut Museum was set up by volunteers to provide evidence for and explain the historical importance of the chestnut tree in the Valle di Roggio area. There is evidence of chestnut cultivation in this area dating back to the Middle Ages; in 1985 a parchment was found dated 828 that testifies to the cultivation of chestnuts for culinary use in Colognora.
Long and painstaking research and restoration work has allowed for the recovery of items that had been collected and temporarily exhibited in the parish church annexes since 1979.

Open since 3.00pm to 5.00pm on working days in winter and since 3.00pm to 6.00pm in holidays in summer; on request in the other days.
Free entrance.

 


- Mostra Didattica Archeologica
Porcari
Via Roma, 30
tel. 0583211832

At present the exhibition is housed in a small room of the Public Library, i.e. in the former “Casa del Fascio” of Porcari. Set up in 1981 in order to show the archaeological finds from Porcari and its surroundings, the exhibition in time became permanent; it includes a collection of minerals and fossils, gift of the Municipality. Didactic activity is carried out by volunteers of the Cultural Association “Sextum” of Porcari.

Open on request.
Free entrance.

 


- Museo Naturalistico del Parco dell'Orecchiella
S. Romano di Garfagnana, Loc. Orecchiella
tel. 0583619098 - 058365169

Between the rocks of the Apuan Alps and the beech woods of the Tuscan Apennine, in Garfagnana, is a vast protected area, the Orecchiella Natural Park. The landscape is that of an open highland dominated by the calcareous massif of the Pania di Corfino: an area of more than 5000 hectares that reaches from 600 to 2045 metres a.s.l. where nature is sovereign, though here you can find also structures for receiving the numerous visitors that come here every year. The visitors¿ centre, run by the “Corpo Forestale dello Stato” is housed in a three storey building and represents an important reference within the park (that includes an Orto Botanico as well). It has a technical office, guestrooms, a library and a research centre together with a meeting room and a Natural History Museum. The Museum aims at promoting interactive didactic activities for schoolchildren and adults alike. It focuses on environmental issues with reproductions of typical habitats and other features of Orecchiella’s nature: its beech woods, grasslands, crags and pastures.

Open since 9.00am to 7.00pm everyday since 16/06 to 15/09, since 10.00am to 5.00pm since Easter to 01/11. On request in the other months.
Entrance: €1,50 full ticket and €0,50 reduced ticket.

 

 

 

 

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