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National Museum of Villa Guinigi

Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi-photo: www.comune.lucca.it

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.

Tickets:
4,00 euros
2,00 euros (from 18 to 25 years old)
Free entrance: younger than 18 years old, and older than 65

Cumulative ticket with Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Mansi:
6,50 euros
3,25 euros (from 18 to 25 years old)
Gratuito fino a 18 anni e oltre i 65 anni

Opening hours:
From Tuesday to Saturday: 8:30-19:30
Sunday: 8:30-13:30
Closed on Mondays

For further informations:
Ph: +39 0583496033
Fax: +39 0583496033

Web site:
Lucca e le sue terre

Address:
Via della Quarquonia, 55100 Lucca (LU)
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