Antonio Mordini Civic Museum

An itinerary to discover Barga's past


The museum is housed in the medieval Palazzo Pretorio, which was the residence of the commissioner and chief of Barga. The painting gallery takes the name of the person who opposed the Grand Duchy and was exiled before embarking on a tormented political career and being nominated Senator of the Kingdom of Umberto I in 1896. The museum documents the paleontology of the Serchio Valley, the archaeology of Barga (Ligurian tombs and Etruscan bronzes) and the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The first two rooms feature archaeological and paleontological fossils. Three rooms are dedicated to the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance, themes of great importance for the relevant artistic implications of this period, including the Duomo.

Going down to the ancient jail, recent studies made it possible to reconstruct the furnishings of a secret torture chamber where visitors can understand the differences between justice in the past and present.The relics were found by members of the Gruppo Ricerche Storiche Archeologiche di Barga and the Gruppo Paleontologico e Mineralogico di Fornaci di Barga, who donated the material to the city on the condition it would be exhibited at the Civic Museum. The sacred pieces from the Middle Ages and Renaissance were given to the museum by the Diocese of Pisa.

From June 1 to September 30: 10.30-12.30 and 14.30-17.30.
Open upon reservation during the rest of the year.

3,00 € full price;
2,00 € reduced for children 6-14 years;
1,50 € groups of 20 or more;
0,50 € school groups
The ticket provides access to the Casa Pascoli museum.

Handicap access:

Palazzo Pretorio - Piazza dell`Arringo del Duomo
Tel: 0583 711100; 0583 724759 (city museums office); 0583 724743 (urp)

A pretty medieval town nestled between the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the Apuan Alps
A town of centuries-old traditions, dating to the Longobard era in the early Middle Ages (6th-8th centuries), Barga lies in a striking location between the slopes of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines and the majestic Apuan Alps. The kaleidoscope of colours, mild climate, myriad artworks and the warm welcome of the people add to the sheer beauty of the Barga Mountains. ...