One of the pleasures in Italy is the increasing effort being given to its museums, many of which for too long have suffered neglect and general apathy. Not so long ago such places as the Stibbert and Bardini museums in Florence were floundering in dust and inattention. Now they are good examples of revalued collections with much improved documentation of their exhibits, more helpful staff and insightful exhibitions.
This reappraisal of many of Italy’s national collections of the country’s inestimable heritage has been encouraged by the appearance of new museums. In Florence, for example, we have the Strozzi Palace with its stimulating exhibitions (see http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/?lang=en), and also the children’s museum in the Palazzo Vecchio (see http://www.turismo.intoscana.it/site/en/highlights/The-Childrens-Museum-Palazzo-Vecchio-Florence/)
It is, therefore, somewhat depressing to note that in London the reverse trend as to opening museums seems to have taken place. There were some excellent places we used to visit on a regular basis which are now closed. Do see my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/going-going-gone/ to find out some of London’s marvellous museums which, apparently have gone, or are going for ever.
In our part of the world there are the following museums still open or open by appointment. In each case I’ve said where they are, what type of exhibits they contain and whether I have a post on them. (Not having a post doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t visited them!)
The opening times may be subject to change. In any case, it is prudent to phone up and check whether the museum is open.
CASA MUSEO DI GIOVANNI PASCOLI
Castelvecchio Pascoli, Via Caprona, 4 Loc. Castelvecchio Pascoli, Barga
Type: Giovanni Pascoli’s house.
Summer opening times: 1 April – 30 September from Wednesday to Sunday 10.30 am 1 pm., 3 pm – 6.45 pm. closed Mondays.
Winter opening times: 1 October – 31 march. From Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 1 pm. 2.30 pm 5.15 pm. Closed Mondays and 25th December.
MUSEO ETNOGRAFICO DON LUIGI PELLEGRINI
San Pellegrino in Alpe, Castiglione di Garfagnana
Via del Voltone, 14 San Pellegrino in Alpe, Castiglione di Garfagnana
Tel. 0583/649072 – 0583/417297
Type: Ethnographic: collection of by-gone farming and domestic items
Summer opening times: 1 June – 30 September 9.30 am – 1 pm, 2.30 pm – 7 pm. Closed Mondays except during July and august…
Winter opening times: 1 October – 31 march. Weekdays from 9 am to 12 am and 2 pm to 5 pm… Closed Mondays
MUSEO CIVICO DEL TERRITORIO “ANTONIO MORDINI”
Palazzo Pretorio, Piazza dell’Arringo del Duomo, Barga
Tel. 0583/711100 – E-mail: email@example.com
Type: palaeontological, mineral, prehistoric, mediaeval collections. Sacred artefacts including paintings and textiles from the 11th to the 17th centuries.
Summer opening times: 1 June – 30 September 10.30 am- 12.30 pm., 2.30 pm – 5 pm Closed Mondays.
Winter opening times: By appointment
MUSEO DEL CASTAGNO
Via Fratta – Loc. Colognora – Pescaglia
Tel. 0583/358159 – 0583/954465
Type: Chestnut museum with everything to do with traditional chestnut farming.
Summer opening times: 3 pm – 6 pm. Other days by appointment.
Winter opening times: 3 pm – 5 pm. By appointment other days.
See my post at https://longoio.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/old-chestnuts/
MUSEO DEL MOLINO MENICONE
San Martino in Freddana, Pescaglia
Loc. Menicone, n.2, Loc. S. Martino in Freddana, Pescaglia
Tel. 0583/38090, 0583/358159, 0583/954465
Type: working mill, agricultural equipment.
Opening times: daily from 3.30 to 7.30 pm. Mornings by appointment.
ESPOSIZIONE PERMANENTE ARCHEOLOGIA DEL TERRITORIO
Palazzo Pelliccioni-Marazzini, San Romano in Garfagnana
Via Giovanni Poli, San Romano in Garfagnana
Tel. 0583/613181, 0583/358159, 0583/954465
Type: archaeological items from bronze to medieval times
Opening times by appointment.
Via Meletori 27, loc. Celle dei Puccini, Pescaglia
Tel. 0583/467855, 0583/359488, 347/6746398, 347/4226189
Type: Puccini’s original family home
Summer opening times: by appointment
Winter opening times: Saturday and Sunday from 3.00 to 7.00 pm
Closed Mondays, 1st January, 1st May, 25th December.
See my post at https://longoio.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/celle-dei-puccini/
MUSEO DELLA FIGURINA DI GESSO E DELL’EMIGRAZIONE
Palazzo Vanni, Via del Mangano, 17 Coreglia Antelminelli
Type: traditional plaster of Paris figurine collection.
Summer opening times: 1st June – 30 September, weekdays 9 am – 1 pm, pm – 7 pm.
Winter opening times 1st October – 31st May 9 am – 1 pm
MUSEO DELLE CERAMICHE RINASCIMENTALI
Rocca di Camporgiano, P.za S. Giacomo, Camporgiano
Type: terracottas and ceramics from digs in the area.
Summer opening times: 1st June – 15 September Saturdays 3 pm – 6.30 pm Sundays 9 am – 12.30 am
Winter opening times Saturdays 3 pm – 6.30 pm Sundays 9 am – 12.30 am.
MUSEO DELL’IDENTITA’ DELL’ALTA GARFAGNANA “OLINTO CAMMELLI”
Località “Chiesa Vecchia” Gorfigliano, Minucciano
Summer opening times 1 June – 30 September Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 12 am, 2 pm 7 pm. On weekdays open by appointment:
Winter opening times: 1 October – 31 May open by appointment
MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO DEL TERRITORIO DELLE GARFAGNANA
Grotta Ariostesca, Piazzetta Ariosto, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Type: archaeology remains from prehistoric, bronze and Etruscan times.
Summer opening times: 15th June – 14 September Sundays 10 am – 12.30 am, Mondays 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm. From Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 12.30 pm, 3.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Winter opening times 15th September – 14th June Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 12.30 am.
MUSEO DEL TERRITORIO
Via Umberto I (Presso la biblioteca). Borgo a Mozzano
Type: archaeological remains including Etruscans. Fossils and minerals.
Open by appointment: tel 0583/888881)
CIVICO MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO DI CAMAIORE
Palazzo Tori Massoni, Via Vittorio Emanuele, 181, Camaiore
Type: archaeological remains from prehistory through to renaissance.
At present closed to the public.
MUSEO DELLA PIETRA PIEGATA
Via IV Novembre 70, Levigliani Stazzema
Type: marble industry, museum.
Opening times: by appointment
MUSEO DELLE FORTIFICAZIONI DELLA GARFAGNANA
Fortezza di Mont’Alfonso, Castelnuovo di Garfagnana
Type: documents fortifications in Garfagnana.
Open when offices are open.
MUSEO STORICO DELLA RESISTENZA
Sant’Anna di Stazzema
Via Coletti 22, Sant’Anna, Stazzema
Type: deals with the area’s resistance movement in WWII from 1943 to 1945.
Summer opening times: 1st march – 31st may: Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30 am– 4.30 pm. Closed Mondays and 1st may. 1st June – 31st October. Wednesdays to Saturdays 9.30 am – 7 pm. Closed Mondays.
Winter opening times: 1st November – 28th February. Open Thursday – Saturday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. Close 1st January, 25th December.
MUSEO DEL LAVORO E DELLE TRADIZIONI POPOLARI DELLA VERSILIA STORICA
Palazzo Mediceo, Via del Palazzo, 358 Seravezza
Type: daily life in olden times.
Summer opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays 4.30 pm – 10.30 pm. Tours can be organised in the mornings for school groups and for French, German and English groups. Closed Mondays.
Winter opening times: From Tuesday to Sunday 3 pm – 7.30 pm. Tours can be organised in the mornings for school groups and for French, German and English groups. Closed Mondays.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I would add the following museums which have recently opened in our area.
Museo casa Catalani, Colognora.
Museo di arte sacra, Benabbio.
Museo del cavaliere di San Cassiano.
It’s a real pity that with all these museums around there’s not a single museum in Bagni di Lucca. There should definitely be a place where one can discover the great history of our comune with regard to its importance as a Spa town.