The Lace Museum is housed on the ground floor of Palazzo Rospigliosi; the same building hosts the Rospigliosi and Diocese Museums. The Lace Museum is dedicated to the conservation, maintenance and exhibition of textile lace material that the Pistoia area has been historically famous for.The palazzo, built between the 16th and 17th centuries, was the residence of the Rospigliosi family, who gave the world Pope Clement IX. The Lace Museum was created thanks to the contribution of the City and Province of Pistoia along with the MOICA housewives association dedicated to safeguarding local traditions.
Pistoia’s lace tradition began in the 19th century due to the growing request for personal lingerie and trousseaus enriched by complex lace work which highlights the social level of those who owned it. The documents, sources and numerous reports from the 17th and 18th centuries confirm the lace productivity in Pistoia and the surrounding areas, mainly in convents and monasteries but also girls’ schools who kept the needlepoint tradition and its related customs alive.
Hours: Tuesdays to Thursdays 10-13; Fridays and Saturdays 10-13/15-18; open the second Sunday of the month 10-13/15-18.Closed Mondays.
Price: full € 3,50; reduced € 2,00 (military, groups). Free ( under 18, over 60, CTS and ISIC students, study purposes, school trips) Cumulative (Museo Civico, Musei Diocesani and Rospigliosi, Museo Marino Marini )
Handicap access: Yes
via Ripa del Sale, 3
Tel. 0573 358016