Museum of the Lantern

Museum of the Lantern

The Lantern of Genoa , an authentic icon of the city, is the highest lighthouse in the Mediterranean (77 meters) , the second highest in Europe and over the centuries it has been a signal tower and an armed guard, a stage for tightrope walkers and a prison. It was built in its present form in 1543, its rotating optic is visible at a distance of 57 kilometers

The Lanterna now houses the Museo della Lanterna which, in the first rooms of the fusiliers, tells real “stories”: tales about Genoa and its province, seen through history, art, territory, characters, traditions.

Another section of the museum, known as the Cannon Hall, is dedicated to the use of maritime and signaling instruments at sea. Of particular interest is the Fresnel lens which simulates the rotating beam of light for the visitor.

Eight hours of archive footage allow for ever-new programming on the more than forty screens distributed in its halls. It is an integral part of Mu.MA - Institution of the Sea and Migration Museums of Genoa, which also has other exhibition venues such as the Galata Museo del Mare, the Commenda di Prè and the Naval Museum of Pegli.

The Museum of the Lantern also periodically hosts thematic exhibitions, workshops for families and educational activities.


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Via Rampa della Lanterna
16126 Genoa


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