The Museum of Plaster Statuettes and Emigration

A vast range of plaster statuettes from all over the world are on display

Coreglia Antelminelli
The Museum of Plaster Statuettes and Emigration, unique in its kind, explains the art of modelling plaster and the associated phenomenon of the statuette makers’ emigration from their homes in the mid Serchio valley between 1600 and today. In its showcases we find a vast range of plaster models produced in all parts of the world. One section is dedicated to the plaster statuettes and includes XVII century figures of cats, busts of historical and literary characters, copies of Greek and Roman sculpture as well as a XIX century Christmas crib. Another section, on the ground floor, preserves documents on the emigration of the statuette makers such as passports, letters and photographs. Finally, much space has been devoted to the illustration of the methods used in making the figures and to the display of the religious statuettes that made the fortune of so many artisans in the second half of the XIX century. This Museum is a must for all those interested in the history and development of plaster statuettes.

Museo della Figurina di Gesso e dell´Emigrazione
Via del Mangano, 17
Coreglia Antelminelli
telephone number: 0583-78082
fax number: 0583-78419 (Municipality)
e- mail:

How to get there:
By car: From Lucca state road 445 towards Garfagnana, follow the signs to Coreglia.
Parking area just before you enter the village
Public transport: CLAP buses from Lucca

Summer hours:
1 June/ 30 September: weekdays 9.30am - 12.30pm, Sundays and holidays 10am - 1pm and 3 - 6pm.

Winter hours:
1 October / 31 May: weekdays 9.30am - 12.30pm. Closed 1st January, 1st May, 25th December and Easter Day.

Opening hours are subject to changes

€ 2 full price; € 1 reduced.

Coreglia Antelminelli
Ancient history and the celebrated art of plaster figurines
Situated in the middle of the Valle del Serchio, Coreglia Antelminelli is a lovely hillside town at 595 meters above sea level, framed by the Apennine mountains. The oldest records of Coreglia date back to the X century. It first belonged to the Villa della Pieve di Loppia when the bishop Gherardo gave up power and handed over the city to Rodilando of the Rodilandinghi. ...