Puccini Museum - Casa Natale

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Puccini Museum - Casa Natale

Puccini Museum - Casa Natale
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 - 19:00
Monday
10:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 19:00
Thursday
10:00 - 19:00
Friday
10:00 - 19:00
Saturday
10:00 - 19:00
Sunday
10:00 - 19:00
About
The museum is located in a flat on the second floor of an ancient building in the heart of Lucca, where Giacomo Puccini was born on December 22, 1858. In this house the composer spent the years of his childhood and first youth. The birth home was transformed into a museum in 1979 and carefully restored in 2011: today it looks like when young Giacomo lived there. The museum preserves Puccini’s Steinway & Sons piano on which he composed Turandot, autograph scores of youthful compositions, letters, photographs, precious drafts, such as the “libretti” of Tosca, La fanciulla del West and an extraordinary musical sketch of La bohème. Noteworthy the costume of Turandot worn by Maria Jeritza at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York in 1926. The birth home is a central element of Puccini Museum, the articulate museum complex that, following a journey along the footprints left by the great composer, rediscovers his personality, his passions, his genius.
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Lillemusen
Stockholm, Sweden2,397 contributions
Not really interesting
Sep 2021 • Couples
The fee of 10€ is a bit on the high end, given that surely over 60% of the exibition is correspondence, that is letters written by and to Puccini. There are some interesting costumes and the actual piano Puccini used is worth seeing. Done in30 min. It is deffinitely not a must.
Written 6 September 2021
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Nicole A
Los Alamos, NM803 contributions
It's a Nice Museum for Opera Fans
Jan 2020
Beautiful costumes and a decent amount of information about Puccini. It was very interesting to learn about him and his life. But the costumes were my favorite.
Written 26 January 2020
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Michael R
Phoenix, AZ297 contributions
Not Particularly An Opera Fan, but Enjoyed This Museum
Nov 2019
I can take opera or leave it (although some of the music is well known outside the opera house), but when in Lucca, this museum is fascinating, We bought our tickets at the office & bookshop on the plaza (Piazza Cittadella; where the Puccini statue is), and the museum is well-marked on a street off of it. We walked up a long flight of stairs to the museum (there is a lift, but we read later that it has to be booked to use "at least 2 days before the visit" at the ticket office. We were welcomed by a very knowledgeable staff person who would occasionally stop in a room to tell us about something special (it wasn't crowded). We wandered around the rooms, following the map. Many items of the era and Puccini's life and creative works were displayed. Of particular pride was the Steinway piano and autographed scores and markings of modifications or interpretations. The 1926 costume of Turandot from the NY Metropolitan Opera amazing even to a opera neutral such as me. We saw the upper room (garret?) where he composed and could just see the "angel" statue over the rooftops from the Cathedrale San Michele--an inspiration. I've been to many homes of significant authors and composers, sometimes disappointed and sometimes inspired myself; this one was worth the time and entrance fee.
[The map/program says no pictures or video recording, but the staff person said it was okay.]
Written 21 December 2019
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jock16
West Sussex, UK249 contributions
Is there anybody there.
Sep 2019
Once in the museum there are more than enough exhibits costumes and scores to keep the opera buff satisfied. It is getting inside that is the problem. Firstly the ticket office is across the square from the museum which is rather odd. With ticket in hand one then approaches a security door and presses a buzzer. In our case to no effect resulting in a return to the ticket office then back again with a member of staff who had a similar lack of success. He eventually had to make a phone call before we were allowed in.Note there are steep stairs to the Puccini apartment. So irritating but worth the wait
Written 2 December 2019
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,397 contributions
Fantastic if you love opera
Aug 2019
I visited the Puccini Museum - Casa Natale in August 2019. I happen to be an opera fan and so it was very interesting to visit this place. Outside there is a square with a statue of Puccini. On one side are some cafes and on the other side is a bookstore where you buy your ticket to the museum. The bookstore has opera books, discs of opera music and many other things. I paid 7 euros for my ticket. The museum is on the second floor of a house located not far from the square with the Puccini statue. Two things that stand out in my memory are Puccini's piano and the costumes from one of the first performances of Madame Butterfly. I found the Puccini Museum a very worthwhile place to visit. You can go through it in about 30-40 minutes.
Written 15 November 2019
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Eddylevel
Glastonbury, UK175 contributions
Not much fun
Oct 2019
I’m no Puccini fan but was happy to wander around with my partner. It was only €5 for us over 65’s, so I can’t really complain, but we found it hard to find some of the rooms shown on the plan and we ended up intruding on private living quarters by mistake!
Written 15 October 2019
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sodesa
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam766 contributions
Had to visit since I was visiting Lucca
Oct 2019
This small intimate former residence turned museum of Puccini is worth visiting, if you’re a fan & lover of opera. Faithfully restored, and with collection of some of his personal letters, it didn’t do much for me. Found the entry fee of 8 euros high
Written 4 October 2019
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tnn182
Brisbane, Australia23 contributions
If in Lucca, surely you have to visit the house of Puccini.
Apr 2019
I'm not a big opera fan. My sister-in-law is, and a Puccini fan. We visited 'the house of Puccini' when in Lucca. She loved it. I found it interesting. I appreciated the fact that the interior was 'just as it would have been'. It is a small home by today's standards, there is not a lot to see. Some significant documents for opera buffs.
Written 25 September 2019
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Kato122
Cambridge, UK237 contributions
Lovely museum, with music and costumes
Aug 2019 • Couples
Well laid out museum, with memorabilia from Puccini and his operas. Music from the different operas follow you through your tour. It also contained interesting pieces of his furniture and Art Deco decoration of the rooms.

It is well worth also viewing the video showing at the ticket office. The shop there has done quirky items too.

We enjoyed this museum and visit to the house greatly.
Written 10 August 2019
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Ronnie S
Strathdon, UK1,369 contributions
Right next door to the Tosca tearoom!
Jul 2019 • Couples
There is much to see and study if you are a true musician and wish to study, otherwise it is a quick walk around the piano and a squint at the costumes. It could be much better. Where is the sound of his music?
Written 29 July 2019
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