Museums of Lecce



To better understand the history of the city of Lecce, from its Messapian and Greek origins through the Roman roots and the splendor of the 'Baroque of Lecce', you must visit its museums.

Lecce has several museums of great interest that collect various historical artifacts, from the Messapian, Greeks and Romans remains to the various modern paintings.


Museo Archeologico Provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano

This is the oldest archaeological museum in Puglia. It covers the history of the region from ancient times, like the reconstructed prehistoric cave of Grotta dei Cervi in Porto Badisco, all the way to the 20th century.

Address: Viale Gallipoli, 28
Telephone: +39 0832 683503
Opening times: from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.30 to 19.30, Monday to Sunday Closed Sunday afternoon and bank holiday.
Entrance: free

Museo Storico Archeologico (MUSA)

The MUSA is an exhibition space set up to highlight and promote, in a didactic way, the results of researches made by archaeologists and historians of the Salento University in the last decades.

The exhibits cover the main stages of the course of research campaigns carried out by archaeologists and historians, whilst presenting an up-to-date outlook of the latest research developments in the Salento area, from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages.

Address: Via Di Valesio
Telephone: +39 0832 455008
Opening times: from 09.00 to 13.30, Monday to Friday - from 15.00 to 17.30, Tuesday and Thursday
Entrance: free

MUST - Museo Storico della città di Lecce

The MUST is located in the heart of the historical centre of Lecce, next to the church of Santa Chiara and the ancient Roman Theatre.

At the entrance of this museum there is a large room that houses a contemporary art gallery with a permanent exhibition of the works by the sculptor Cosimo Salento Carlucci.

On the first floor, a series of rooms display exhibits from the various periods of the history of Lecce: from Messapian and Roman times, the Middle Ages, all the way to the 20th century.

Address: Via degli Ammirati, 11
Telephone: +39 0832 682988
Opening times: from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00, Tuesday to Sunday, Saturday from 15.00 to 23.00 Closed on Monday and on 25 December and 1 January
Entrance: free

Museo Diocesiano di Arte Sacra

This museum, located in the Palazzo del Seminario in Piazza Duomo, was founded with the aim to preserve and protect the works of art from religious institutions.

The paintings on display span a period from the end of the 15th century to the end of the 18th century. Other exhibits include sculptures and silver objects, such as chalices and censers, many of which were part of the liturgical treasure of the Duomo of Lecce, and date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 11
Telephone: +39 0832 333506
Opening times: from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 16.00 to 19.00 (during winter) - from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 17.00 to 20.00 (during summer) - Monday and Friday closed in the afternoon - Closed on Sunday
Entrance: with a fee

Museo del Teatro Romano

Adjoining the ancient Roman Theatre, this museum displays findings from archaeological excavations carried out at the beginning of the last century.

It also holds an exhibition entitled "Rome. The scene of life" in collaboration with the Sovrintendenza Archeologica of Rome and the Sovrintendenza Archelogica of Puglia, on the theme of stage design and the use of illusion to represent reality in the Roman world.

Address: Via degli Ammirati
Telephone: +39 0832 279196
Opening times: from 09.30 to 13.00, Monday to Saturday Afternoon visits by reservation only
Entrance: with a fee

Mostra Permanente dell'Artigianato Salentino

This permanent exhibition displays artefacts by local craftspeople of the Salento, using materials such as papier mâché, pietra leccese (the soft local stone), ceramic or wrought iron.

Address: Via Rubichi, 21
Telephone: +39 0832 246758
Opening times: from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.30 to 20.00
Entrance: free

Pinacoteca d'Arte Francescana e Biblioteca Caracciolo

This picture gallery is located in the 16th century Palazzo Fulgenzio. It displays hundreds of paintings, mostly by anonymous monks from the Franciscan convents of Puglia and particularly of the Salento.

Address: Via Imperatore Adriano, 79
Telephone: +39 0832 455008
Opening times: from 9.00 to 12.00 Monday to Friday - from 16.00 alle 18.30, Monday, Wednesday and Friday Closed on Saturday and Sunday and during all month of August
Entrance: free

Museo Papirologico

The Museo Papirologico was created to house the University of Salento's collection of Greek, Hieroglific, Demotic, Hieratic and Coptic papyri, in addition to more than 400 artefacts on the theme of writing in ancient times.

Address: Via Di Valesio
Telephone: +39 0832 294457
Opening times: from 9.00 to 13.00, Monday to Friday - from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00, Monday and Thursday
Entrance: free


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