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The Mansi Museum
Street Galli Tassi, 43 Lucca
Tel: 0583-55570 Box-office 0583 583461 fax: 0583-312221
Schedules of Opening: summer work 8.30-19.30 - festive 8.30-13.30 closed on Mondays
Winter work 9-19 - festivi 9-14 closed on Mondays
The Mansi Palace that goes back to the end of the 500’s, was bought by the state, in 1965 by the heirs of the Mansi family, to be restored and turned into a museum.  The museum which was opened in 1977, occupies the whole of the mansion, 32 exhibition halls.  On the ground floor there is a functional weaving laboratory, exposing a series of looms and handcrafts, a donation of Maria Memack.  On the upper floors, apart from the mansion’s luxurious furnishings, in the picture gallery we can admire, thanks to the donation of Leopoldo II from Asburgo Lorena to the city on the occasion of their annexation with the Granducato of Tuscany,  works of Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiziano, Luca Giordano and other Italian artists from the Roman/Flemish  e Tuscan schools.  On the 1st floor we can admire the most precious hall in the mansion, the music hall, with a stage for orchestra decorated with frescos by Gian Gioseffo del Sole 1688 and architectural cornices by Marcantonio Chiarini.  Other halls worth taking a good look at are “the alcove room” “ the hall of mirrors” and the “chapel”.
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Civic museum of the territory
The museum is housed inside the Palazzo Pretorio, built halfway through the 300’s to give hospitality to the mayor sent from Florence to conduct the town.  In the entrance hall, which is also the biggest where formerly the mayor used to give hearing to the local people, and also where criminals were sentenced, on the wall in front of the main door, stands out the painting of an image of Our Lady of the Assumption in heaven, with St. Christopher (patron saint of Barga) by her side and St. Arsenio (worshipped since 1521) and a writing in Latin under the fresco invoking divine protection for the people and for justice.
                                                                                          We entrust to thee, o Virgin in the sky
                                                                                           The people of Barga and their fathers
                                                                            Who have since times of old chosen with you to protect
                                                                                       So that with your help our justice cannot fail
The other halls of the museum contain archaeological findings from the area, tools and utensils from the first human settlements, which took place after the glaciations, Etruscans and Ligurians.  In the vaults, antique prisons may be visited, while on the outside of the mansion, on the parapet wall which divides the external stair which leads to the jail and the open gallery of the mansion, we will find still today the measuring utensils used in Florence in those days, for length “il braccio fiorentino” which on the right side show the measures of the “coltelli” and for quantity the “staio Fiorentino” and the “mezzo staio”
Museo Civico del Territorio Alcuni stemmi dei vari Podestà di Barga appesi sulla facciata del palazzo
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The Chestnut Museum
Colognora (Pescaglia)
Web  www.museodelcastagno.it       Contacts  info@museodelcastagno.it
At Colognora (600 asl) a small town under the municipality of Pescaglia, located in the luxuriant and verdant valley of Roggio, is situated the Chestnut Museum, a wonderful example of safeguard and conservation of the traditions tied up the chestnut tree, a plant that for hundreds of years has supported the economy of Colognora and many other places in the area of Lucca.  The museum was founded in 1985 and has been based in an antique house in the village, and has a detachment on the outside of the building.  This has a cabin where the chestnuts are dried, and also a wood including a coal shed and a straw cabin.  Inside the museum there have been prepared two itineraries, the first shows the chestnut wood being worked, how the woods are cleaned, the chestnut harvest, the drying and beating of the chestnuts and finally the grinding.  The second itinerary finishes off by showing the conservation and use of the alimentary products obtained from chestnuts. 
Falegnameria antichi torni Museo del Castagno Cucina
Antichi attrezzi del fabbro Cucina
Cucina Tronco ingresso museo
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Museum of the figurine and the emigrant
Coreglia Antelminelli
Street Del Mangano, 17    Tel. 0583 78082   Fax 0583 78419
Web    Comune Coreglia Antelminelli           Contacts   museofigurina_coreglia@tin.it
The museum founded in 1975 on the premises of the Palazzo Vanni, wants to tell its visitors all about the antique trade of the pedlar of statuettes.
The pedlar of statuettes where craftsmen who created handmade articles in plaster, travelling often by foot, like nomads from one city to another and even from one state to another. When they arrived to the city, the first thing they would do was to find a place to set up shop/home and using the appropriate moulds and very few utensils which normally they would bring with them, they would begin to create their statuettes, often working through the night, and selling them during the day going from door to door. It wasn’t an easy life, every day having to fight the hunger, bad weather illness, never stopping, searching always ways of making a little money to help their families left back home in their villages.
The collections on exhibition in the museum are made up of statuettes made between the 700 and 900’s by the best craftsman, ther also shown the tools used to make the moulds
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Provincial  ethnic-geographical museum "Don Luigi Pellegrini"
S.Pellegrino in Alpe (Castiglione Garfagnana)
The museum was opened in 1970 thanks to don Luigi Pellegrini who was the parish priest at that time at San Pellegrino in the Alps, who patiently went round collecting from the houses in the village, tools and utensils left lying around in lofts and cellars, to prepare an exhibition on rural civilization in Garfagnana and in particular the area of the tuscan/emilian Appenines , in an old medieval hostel which was found within the sanctuary. This first preparation of over 4000 articles gave life to the “Museum of the Countryside, and the Lives of Yesterday”.  In 1987 the museum was donated to the Province of Lucca who dedicated the name to its founder.  Today the museum is arranged in 14 halls in which we can admire the various ambiences of everyday rural life at the beginning of the XIX c, bedrooms, cellars, the shoe menders shop, the blacksmith with a collection of keys hanging on the wall, the wax-chandler’s shop etc  


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