Carnival Museum, Viareggio
Address Cittadella Carnevale, Via Santa Maria Goretti, 5 - 55049, Viareggio, LU

A Journey through 150 years of Viareggio Carnival’s history. Explore a timeline of the years 1873 to 2001, the year of the inauguration of the Carnival Citadel, now a symbol of creativity, culture, and history. Images on display document the artistic evolution of the event, while models tell the story of the places in the city where Carnival was born and developed, thanks to the artists’ dedication and passion.

The attractions of the Carnival Museum.

The Carnival Museum’s first floor is a journey through time, featuring documentary evidence and accurate three-dimensional reconstructions. But it is also the story of contemporary Carnival, with its year-round productivity: from the organization of Masquerade Courses to the preparation of sketches to the demolition of buildings to make way for the new inventions of the masters.

In addition to the timeline, visitors can discover the art of paper casts, the secrets of movement, a selection of model floats from the past, and elements from allegorical constructions. Also, on the second floor, there is a room dedicated to Burlamacco, which has been recently renovated. Visitors can then view Beppe Domenici’s 1953 canvas, which fully encapsulates the colors, shapes, and exhilaration of Carnival.

In the center of the permanent exhibition, you can find a space – in the next phase of set-up – that will be dedicated to Burlamacco and Ondina, which will also house the original testimonies of Uberto Bonetti’s creative work. Original sketches and posters will be displayed on suitable structures, rotating for six months.

The new layout also includes a space for temporary exhibitions. The first one is dedicated to “Viareggio in Maschera”, the magazine that has been working  since 1921, including a variety of historical photographs and documents, reporting on the allegorical works of the Viareggio Carnival.

The Viareggio Carnival Museum has been awarded the status of regional significance. The attribution, relative to the year 2020, is from the Region of Tuscany.

  

Opening
Hours

September 15 to May 31

Wednesday to Sunday hours 15-19
Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

June 14 to September 13

Wednesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Tickets

Full: €5.00

Reduced: €3.00. Reserved to Italian Touring Club Members and possessors of University of Tuscany’s Student Card.

Free admission for children under 11 (who must be accompanied by a paying adult), Citizens of the European Union with disabilities and an accompanying person, group leaders and accompanying teachers of school groups.

 

Reservations and ticket purchase 

You can purchase tickets directly at the ticket office up to 30 minutes before the Museum closes or make reservations:

By phone: +39 342.9207959
By e-mail: cittadelladelcarnevale@ilcarnevale.com