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MUSEUMS IN LUCCA

Museo della Cattedrale (Cathedral Museum):
can be found beside the Church of San Martino in Piazza Antelminelli. The architecture is an articulate complex of mediaeval origin, to which a 13th Century Tower connects as well as a Renaissance Oratory. The collection is in chronological order and contains works originating from the Cathedral, the old City Cathedral and the Church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata. Precious illuminated choral parchments can be seen here, as well as Renaissance works, liturgical furnishings and sculptures.


Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi (National Museum of Palazzo Mansi):
faces onto Via Galli-Tassi. The Palazzo consists of a nucleus constructed between the end of the 16th Century and the beginning of the 17th Century, but also contains more ancient structures. There are additions from the 19th Century. The museum has been hosted here since 1977. The paintings conserved in the Art Gallery Section – all the Palazzo can be visited to view the rooms and living furnished living areas which belonged to the Mansi Family – are chronologically connected between the 16th and the 18th Century and number works by Bronzino, Tintoretto and Vasari. There are also Flemish tapestries conserved here.

Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi (National Museum of Villa Guinigi):
can be found just outside the City walls. It’s an imposing construction from 1413, erected on the wishes of the Lord of Lucca. In 1924, it became the seat of the Civic Museum and in 1968, that of the National. The collections are very articulate, but have a common factor of collecting works from Lucca or produced for Lucca and its rural areas. The exposition is divided into sections: archaeological – medieval – from the 13th-14th Century – the 16th Century – from Mannerism to the 18th Century.


Casa natale di Giacomo Puccini (Native home of Giacomo Puccini):

in the Cittadella Square. Established as a museum which conserves recollections, documents, musical instruments and portraits of the Puccini family (Giacomo’s father was a famous local musician).

 

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