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, a joiner's workshop and a candle factory.
The museum from November 2018 to the current date is closed due to the need for security adjustments.
via del Voltone, 14 san pellegrino garfagnana
Type of collection
Agricultural work tools, artisan work tools, household furnishings, environmental reconstructions.
Historical critical 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 cobblers reproducing the workshop of a shoemaker from the nearby village of Chiozza, the blacksmiths and the carpenters 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.
- 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