Discovering the Civic Museums of Parma costs nothing (free entry) but gives pleasant surprises.
The journey starts from the Pinacoteca Stuard, born in the mid-nineteenth century from the merger of the private art collection of the Parma benefactor Giuseppe Stuard and the patrimony of the Congregation of Charity San Filippo Neri, of which Stuard had been the administrator and whom he had left behind his property in 1834. There are first-rate works by artists such as Parmigianino, Annibale Carracci, Lavinia Fontana, Mattia Preti, Amedeo Bocchi. In the museum itinerary there is also the Sacello di San Paolo, which is perhaps the oldest raised building in the city. An essential visit to discover the artistic history of Parma.
The Castello dei Burattini is suitable for children, one of the most important Italian collections of the puppet theater, dedicated to Giordano Ferrari, a Parmesan puppeteer, a skilled carver but also a passionate researcher, who created a collection that today spans over three hundred meters. squares located inside the ancient Complex of San Paolo, with a patrimony of 2842 pieces including puppets, puppets, puppets, puppets, 637 pieces between backdrops and wings, 438 scripts (mostly manuscripts), a specialist library on theater figure and a paper archive that can be consulted by the public (containing posters, photographs, letters) for a stimulating and fun itinerary.
At the end, for opera and music lovers, we recommend the Opera Museum, which is located in the Casa della Musica or Palazzo Cusani, and through objects, posters, photographs, videos, music and computer tools, it illustrates four centuries of work in music in Parma, and then the House of Sound, an articulated exhibition itinerary where there is a rich collection of communication and sound reproduction instruments, from the phonograph to the mp3, and finally the Arturo Toscanini's Childhood House, which collects in small rooms from the bottom ceilings, memorabilia, objects and documents from the various houses where Toscanini lived. Finally, the musical itinerary can close at the Teatro Regio, famous for its intense opera season.