Salento Museums: which ones to visit, opening hours and prices [2023]

Among the wonders our territory has to offer, we cannot exclude the many museums of Salento, unmissable attractions. It is a pity that many are not aware of all the opportunities this land offers to discover history, art, ancient traditions, culture and entertainment in the numerous museums scattered around the Salento peninsula. We therefore came up with a guide to the museums to visit in Salento suitable for young and old people.

Museo provinciale Sigismondo Castromediano foto di Sailko
Musei del Salento – foto di Sailko da Wikipedia

Sacred Art Museums in Salento

Discover the Sacred Art museums of Salento:

  • Diocesan Museum of Nardò-Gallipoli
    Via Antonietta De Pace – c/o ex Seminary – 73014 Gallipoli – Tel. + 39 0833.871659/266858
    Ticket price: 3 € (check the website for possible reductions)
  • Diocesan Museum of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca
    Via dei Cesari – 73059 Ugento – Tel. + 39 0833.55.5030
  • Lecce Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art
    Old Seminary – Piazza Duomo, 5 – 73100 Lecce – Tel. + 39 0832.1827289
  • Treasure of Saint Catherine of Alexandria in Galatina
    Parish of St Catherine of Alexandria – Piazzetta Orsini, 15 – 73013 Galatina – Tel + 39 0836.558411/568494
    Opening by reservation only
    Ticket price: € 1.00
  • Diocesan Museum of Otranto
    Piazza Basilica – 73028 Otranto – Tel. + 39 0836.801434
    Opening hours: 10:00-13:00 / 15:00-21:00
    Closed on Mondays
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: € 1,50 (check the website for possible reductions)
  • Pompilian Museum
    Via Pirrotta, 2 – 73012 Campi Salentina – Tel + 39 0832.791034
    Open by appointment only
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Free entrance
  • Museum of Frescos in the Crypt of Santa Maria degli Angeli
    Piazza Episcopio – 73037 Poggiardo – Tel. + 39 0836.904350
    Opening hours 9:00 / 12:00 – 16:00 / 19:00
    Closed on Mondays
    Guided tours by appointment
    Educational activities for school groups
    Ticket price: € 3,10 full price € 1,05 reduced

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Natural History Museums in Salento

Discover the natural history museums of Salento:

  • Natural History Museum of Salento in Calimera
    S.P. Calimera-Borgagne, km 1 – 73021 Calimera (Lecce) – Italy – Tel. +39 324 8890790
    Opening times: 9:30-12:30/17:30-20:30 (summer timetable in force from June to October)
    closed on Mondays
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket price: € 2.60 full price € 1.60 reduced
  • Malecological Museum of Clays in Cutrufiano
    Contrada Lustrelle – S.S. Cutrofiano/Aradeo – 73020 Cutrofiano – Tel. +39 328.2855414
    Opening times: by appointment 18:30-20:00 (summer timetable from June to September)
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Free entrance
  • Naturalistic Museum Aquarium in Torre San Giovanni
    Torre San Giovanni – La Pedata Gallipoli – 73014 Gallipoli – Tel. +39 0833.261701
    Opening: by appointment only
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket cost: free
  • La Cutura Botanical Garden in Giuggianello
    S.S. Maglie-Poggiardo, km 5 – 73030 Giuggianello – Tel and fax +39 0836.354164
    Guided tour: by appointment only
    Ticket price: € 3,60 (full price) children free of charge
  • Chinese Missionary Museum of Natural History
    Via Monte San Michele, 4 – 73100 Lecce – Tel. +39 0832 314101 / 0832 455008 – Fax 0832 455010
    Opening hours 9:00 / 12:00 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
    Guided tour by appointment
    Free Entrance
  • Museum of Marine Biology Porto Cesareo
    Via Vespucci, 13 – c/o Marine Biology Station – 73010 Porto Cesareo – Tel. +39 0833.569502
    Opening times: 9:00-13:00/16:00-18:00 (winter opening hours)
    10:00-12:00/16:00-21:30 (from June 15th to September 15th)
    Activities: guided tour and educational activities
    Ticket price: free

Museums of Salento Traditions

Discover Salento’s museums of traditions:

  • Provincial Museum of Popular Traditions in Casalabate
    SP. Squinzano-Casalabate – Loc. Casalabate – Tel. +39 0832.361176
    Opening times: 9:00-13:00/14:30-19:30 closed on Mondays
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket price: free
  • Messapic Civic Museum in Alezio
  • Wine Museum in Parabita
  • Museum of Salento Rural Civilisation in Tuglie
  • Museum of the Roman Theatre in Lecce
  • Municipal Museum of Ceramics in Cutrofiano
    Piazza Municipio, 12 – c/o Municipal Library – Cutrofiano – Tel. +39 0836.512461
    Opening hours: 9:00 / 12:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays – 16:30 / 20:00 Wednesdays – Closed Sundays (winter timetable)
    16:30 / 20:00 Monday to Friday – Closed Saturday and Sunday (June to September)
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: free
  • Multimedia Museum of the Grecìa Salentina in Corigliano d’Otranto
    Castello de’ Monti – 73022 Corigliano d’Otranto – Tel. +39 333.9204977
    Opening times: 17:00 / 20:00 Monday to Sunday
    Ticket cost: free
  • Museum of Rural Civilisation in Supersano
    S.S. 476, km 35 c/o Casale Sombrino – 73040 Supersano – Tel. +39 0833.631272 – Fax 0833.632061
    Opening: by appointment only
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Free entrance
  • Open Museum of Rural Life
    Piazza del Popolo – c/o Palazzo Ducale – 73054 Presicce – Tel. +39 339.7474418
    Opening: by appointment
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Free entrance

Museums in Lecce

  • Faggiano Museum
    Via Ascanio Grandi, 56 – 73100 Lecce – Tel. +39 0832 300528 – +39 360722448
    Opening Hours: from 9.30 to 20.00 every day
    Ticket price: € 5,00 (consult the website for possible discounts)
  • Sigismondo Castromediano Museum
    Viale Gallipoli, 28 – 73100 Lecce – Tel. +39 0832 683503
    Opening hours: 9:00 / 13:30 – 14:30 / 19:30 Monday to Sunday (closed Sunday afternoon)
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: free
  • Jewish Museum
    Via Umberto I, 9 – Lecce – Tel: +39 0832.247016
    Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00* – Sunday and holidays: 10:30 -13:30
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: € 9.00 (visit the website for reductions)
  • Apulia Railway Museum
    Via G. Codacci Pisanelli 3 – 73100 Lecce – Tel: +39 0832 228821 – +39 335 6397167
    Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00, Saturday and Sunday from 16:30 to 20:30 (from June 1st to September 30th) – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 13:00, Saturday and Sunday from 16:00 to 20:00 (from October 1st to May 31st)
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price
  • MUST (Lecce City History Museum)
    Ex Convento di Santa Chiara Via degli Ammirati, 11, 73100 Lecce – Tel: +39 0832.241067
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 21.00
    Ticket price: € 5,50 (visit the website for reductions)
  • Vernazza Palace
    Vico Vernazza, 8, 73100 – Lecce – Tel: +39 0832 407011
    Opening Hours: Every day from 10:00 to 16:00 (except Tuesdays)
    Ticket price: € 6.00
  • Roman Theatre Museum
    Via degli Ammirati – Lecce – Tel. +39 0832.279196
    Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 09.30 to 13.00.
    Guided tours by appointment
  • Biscozzi Foundation | Rimbaud ETS – Museum
    Piazzetta Baglivi, 4 – 73100 Lecce – Tel: +39 0832 1994743
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: € 5,00 (visit the website for reductions)
  • MUSA – Historical-Archaeological Museum
    Opening Hours: Monday: 9:30-10:30; 11:30-12:30 – Tuesday: 9:30-10:30; 11:30-12:30; 15:30-16:30 – Wednesday: 9:30-10:30; 11:30-12:30 – Thursday: 9:30-10:30; 11:30-12:30; 15:30-16:30 – Friday: 9:30-10:30; 11:30-12:30
    Reservation required
  • Spada Museum
    Via Sindaco Lupinacci 11, Lecce – Tel: +39.328.7496672
  • Franciscan Art Gallery
    Via Imperatore Adriano,79 – 73100 Lecce- Tel. +39 0832.455009 – Fax 0832.455010
    Opening hours by appointment only
    Guided tours by appointment
    Free Entrance

 

Cosa vedere a Lecce - Museo Sigismondo Castromediano
Musei del Salento – Museo Sigismondo Castromediano Lecce

Art museums in Salento

Discover Salento’s art museums:

  • Vito Mele” Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Maria di Leuca
    Basilica of Santa Maria de Finibus Terrae – Santa Maria di Leuca – Tel. +39 0833.758636
  • International Marian Art Museum
    Piazza Don Tonino Bello – 73031 Alessano – Tel. +39 0833.781334
    Opening by appointment only
    Free entrance
  • “Ezechiele Leandro” Museum Artist’s House
    Via A. Cerundolo, 26 bis – 73016 S. Cesario di Lecce – Tel. +39 0832.200120
    Opening hours by appointment only
    Guided tours by appointment
    Educational activities for school groups
    Free entrance
  • Civic Museum in San Cesario
    Piazza Garibaldi, 16 – c/o Palazzo Ducale – 73016 S. Cesario di Lecce – Tel. +39 0832.20536
    Opening hours 8:00 / 12:00
    Closed Saturday and Sunday
    Guided tour by appointment
    Free entrance
  • “Pietro Cavoti” Art Museum in Galatina
    Piazza Aligheri, 51 – 73013 Galatina – Tel. +39 0836.561568 – fax 0836.561543
    Open: 9:30-13:00/15:30-19:30 Tuesday to Saturday
    Closed Mondays
    Summer timetable (May-September): 16:30-20:00 Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
    Guided tour by appointment
    Free entrance
  • Picture Gallery “Enrico Giannelli” Artistic Museum
    Via Vittorio Emanuele III – c/o Palazzo Ferrari – 73052 Parabita – Tel. +39 0833.392354
    Opening times: currently closed

History museums in Salento

Discover Salento’s history museums:

  • Miner’s Museum in Casarano
    Via Bonifacio IX, 8, 73042 Casarano – Tel. + 39 0833.599287
  • Poster Museum
    Via Vittorio Emanuele III – c/o Palazzo Ferrari – 73052 Parabita – Tel. + 39 0833.392354
    Currently closed
  • “Decio De Laurentis” Civic Museum of Palaeontology and Palethnology
    Via Vittorio Emanuele, 113 – 73024 Maglie – Tel. + 39 0836.485820
    Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00-13:00 – Monday to Friday 15:30-18:00 Closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket price: € 2.60
  • Museum of Borgo Terra
    Piazza del Popolo – c/o Palazzo del Principe – 73036 Muro Leccese – Tel. + 39 0836.343824
    Opening times: 10:00-12:00/17:00-21:00 (June to September)
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Free entrance

Archaeology Museums in Salento

Discover Salento’s archaeology museums:

  • “Emanuele Barba” Civic Museum in Gallipoli
    Via A. De Pace, 108 – 73014 Gallipoli – Tel. +39 0833.264224/260283
    Opening hours: 10:00-13:00/17:30-19:30 Tuesday to Friday – 10:00-13:00/18:00-21:00 Saturday and Sunday
    closed Mondays (June to September)
    Ticket price: € 0.50
  • Salvatore Zecca Archaeological Museum in Ugento
    Via della Zecca, 1 – c/o ex Convento dei Francescani- 73059 Ugento – Tel. + 39 0833.555819/343824
    Opening hours: 9:00-13:00/16:00-21:00
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket price: € 2,00
  • Museum of Messapic Civilisation in Vaste
    Piazza Dante c/o Palazzo Baronale – 73029 Vaste – Tel. + 39 0836.904350
    Opening hours: 9:00-12:00/16:00-19:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (winter opening hours) – 17:00-20:00 (from June to September)
    closed on Mondays
    Guided tour: by appointment
    Ticket price: € 2.10
  • Museo Archeologico dei Ragazzi – Museum Laboratory of Archaeology
    Via Poli, 5D – 73100 Lecce – Tel. + 39 0832 631164 – Cell. + 39 320 9581398
    Opening hours by appointment
    Guided tours by appointment
    Free Entrance

Other museums Salento

  • Sidereus Astronomical Park in Salve
    Contrada 2022Leopaldi, s.n.c. – Salve – Tel: +39 349 8470776
  • Radio Museum in Tuglie
    Via Vittorio Veneto – 73058 Tuglie – Tel. 0833.598001
    Opening hours: 9:30 / 12:30 Tuesday – Friday 16:30 / 19:30 Thursday 9:30 / 12:30 – 17:00 / 21:00 every day (from June to September)
    Guided tour by appointment
    Ticket price: € 1.00

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