The Historical Museum of the War of Liberation was founded in 1988 as a joint initiative of the members of the "Associazione Toscana Volontari della Libertà" and those of the "Centro Educazione Democratica", part of the larger "Federazione Italiana Volontari della Libertà". This Museum is unique in its kind in so far as it reconstructs the history of the Italian army, navy and air force during the 1940-1943 period of WWII. It preserves relics, photos, maps and uniforms; in a special section are kept the urns containing earth from Italian military graveyards and Italian villages or towns where massacres by the nazis occurred.In future the over 1000 volumes deposited here will be rearranged and catalogued to form a library. CLOSED PENDING RESTRUCTURING
Palazzo Guinigi, Via S. Andrea, 43
Type of collection
Documents, objects and materials of military equipment, uniforms, photographs, memorabilia from the Italian Liberation Corps and the Allied Armed Corps.
Historical critical news
The Museum occupies five rooms each dedicated to a different section. The entrance hall illustrates the Russian Campaign (1941-1943). The first room is dedicated to the 1938-1943 period: here we find documents on the racial laws, officers' uniforms, photographs showing the damage to Italian towns and cities, maps with all prison camps marked on them. The second room shows relics and photos of clergymen murdered by the nazis.The third room is the largest: here we find a large number of showcases with relics of the "Corpo Italiano di Liberazione" and the Allied Troops that took part in the Italian Liberation War (1943-1945) together with a substantial collection of photographs. The fourth room, finally, illustrates the contribution of citizens to the liberation of the Province of Lucca.
- ROSI C. G., Arcangelo Toschi, diario di una vita, Pagnini Editore, Firenze 1997
- MARIANI S., ROSI C. G., Cuore 1944, Antologia della Resistenza europea, edizioni il Centro di Educazione Democratica, Lucca 1976
- AA.VV. (a cura del Comitato Provinciale Patrioti Lucchesi), profili di Patrioti della Provincia di Lucca.