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Museo Etnografico Don Luigi Pellegrini

Collection: Attrezzi da lavoro agricolo, attrezzi da lavoro artigianale, suppellettili domestiche, ricostruzioni ambientali
Area: Garfagnana
District/Locality: Castiglione Garfagnana
Address: via del Voltone, 14
Phone: 0583-649072; Centro Tradizioni Popolari 0583-417297
Fax: 0583-649072

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.

facilities for handicapped:yes (only first hall)

guided tours:Upon request
Historycal news

Between 1960 and 1970 Don Luigi Pellegrini collected material for an exhibition that, with its over 4000 exhibits, would be representative of a rural culture that has now nearly completely disappeared. The success of this exhibition together with the restoration works on the ancient Hospital promoted by the Monuments and Fine Arts Office of Pisa allowed the opening of further exposition rooms. Some are particularly interesting on account of their unique character, for example the spinning and weaving room with its large hand driven looms and samples of cloth, the cobbler¿s reproducing the workshop of a shoemaker from the nearby village of Chiozza, the blacksmith¿s and the carpenter¿s with all their old instruments. A workshop with its set of tools and rare ingenious devices well illustrates the art of candle-making for household and religious uses.
The Museum was donated in 1984 to the Province of Lucca that is now responsible for its management and activity of research.
Summer time

1 June/30 September 9.30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m-7 p.m.. Closed Mondays except in July and August and holidays.
Winter time

1 November/31 March: Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sundays and holidays 9.30 a.m.-1pm and 2-4.30 p.m. Closed for Christmas.

Ticket price

Euro 1,55 intero; Euro 0,52 ridotto per scolaresche.
How to reach

mezzi pubblici:in treno stazione di Castelnuovo (linea Lucca - Piazza al Serchio). Autobus linea CLAP da Lucca.

- AA.VV., Il museo di San Pellegrino in Alpe e l´affresco di Luciano Guarnieri, Amministrazione provinciale di Lucca-Centro Tradizioni popolari, Lucca, 1987
- Biagioni P.L., Il Museo etnografico di San Pellegrino in Alpe, Lucca 1990

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