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Paolo Cresci Foundation for the History of Italian Emigration

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Neatham wrote a review Jun 2017
UK611 contributions312 helpful votes
This museum is set inside a beautiful little church, which is itself one reason for visiting. There's a video which you can ask to have played in various languages (they have at least Italian, English, French and Spanish). There are many display boards with photos, explaining the reasons why so many Italians emigrated and lots of fascinating artefacts (tickets, ships' menus etc) to help you understand their journey. It's quite small so you only need half an hour to look round. It helps to be able to read Italian as not everything has an English explanation.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Maddalena1958 wrote a review Nov 2016
Marina di Carrara142 contributions50 helpful votes
This museum is located in Lucca,Palazzo Ducale,Via Vittorio Emanuele,3 tel. 0583 417483.Also known as the Paolo Cresci Foundation,who was a scientific phootographer and collector of documnts regardingthe history of emigration.The various museum sections take you through all the steps of emigration.It is a bonsai Ellis Island.Enjoyed it very much, takes about 1.30/2 hours to visit. Daniele and Anna are wonderful. Opening hours 1 Oct - 30 April 9.30. -12.30 14.30 -17.30 1may- 30th September 10.00-12.30 - 15.-18.00 Closed on Monday-free admittance
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Date of experience: November 2016
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Minkitoria wrote a review May 2016
Melbourne, Australia49 contributions13 helpful votes
We just happened across this small and very moving museum in an old chapel. Most people seem to just be walking past, but it is well worth a visit (FREE entry!). Fabulous photos, old letters, 'memorabilia' and excellent commentary about the experiences of emigrants from Italy (especially Tuscany) to countries all over the world. Most of the items were part of a private collection (of Paolo Cresci) which were then preserved and 'put forward' by his family (bravo!). It's a shame that this museum isn't more on the 'tourist itinerary' ... It's right in the centre of Lucca and is such a moving record of the social history of those forced to leave this beautiful region. Especially interesting to me were the experiences of Italian emigrants to other parts of Europe, as well as countries like US, South America and Australia. There's also a little bookshop were you can buy a short summary of the collection (with excellent photos).
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Date of experience: April 2016
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margarete p wrote a review Oct 2014
Sao Paulo, SP332 contributions134 helpful votes
I found this small expo a little bit out of the busy center of Lucca. It seemed so nice, specially for me that come from a country which received so many italian immigrants. It has photos and objects that tell the the story of the emotional italian immigration in the world. Since it´s a little bit out of the center it´s not crowded. Very nice girl receiving people in the room.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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