The Puccini Museum is dedicated to the great 19th-century composer ofLa Bohème andMadama Butterfly in his native Lucca. A highlight of music-themed walking tours of this Tuscan city, the Puccini Museum is one of several city attractions tied to the Puccini family. Tours also visit the Cathedral di San Martino, where the Puccini family were music directors for 124 consecutive years; and the Teatro del Giglio opera house, where Puccini’s works have been performed.
Things to Know Before You Go
Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather if joining a walking tour of Lucca.
Access to the museum for wheelchair users is via a stairlift, but two interior rooms are not accessible.
There is a small book and gift shop that sells items relating to Puccini and Italian opera.
The museum often hosts activities for children and families on Sunday afternoons.
How to Get There
The Puccini Museum is located in Corte San Lorenzo in the heart of Lucca’s old town, a short walk from the train station and from most important sights in the historic center.
When to Get There
The museum is closed on Tuesdays in winter, but open daily from April through October. The city of Lucca also holds the Puccini e la Sua Lucca Festival in summer, with evening performances of works by Puccini at the Church of San Giovanni to pair with a visit to the museum.
Highlights of the Puccini Museum
In addition to his awards, including the Messa a Quattro Voci (1880) and Il Capriccio Sinfonico (1883), the museum holds a rare collection of letters written by Giacomo Puccini, his wife Elvira, his son Antonio, and his publisher, Giulio Ricordi. Visitors can also see a costume fromTurandot worn by Maria Jeritza at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York in 1926.
- Church of San Michele in Foro (Chiesa di San Michele in Foro)
- Lucca Clock Tower (Torre delle Ore)
- Cathedral Museum Complex (Complesso Museale e Archeologico della Cattedrale di Lucca)
- Puccini e la sua Lucca International Permanent Festival
- Lucca Cathedral (Duomo di Lucca)
- Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
- Guinigi Tower (Torre Guinigi)
- Via Fillungo
- Devil's Bridge (Ponte del Diavolo or Ponte della Maddalena)