The Museums of Villa Pauline is located in the historic center of the city of Viareggio. Villa Paolina is a historic building that belonged to Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister. The villa was built in 1822 in the place where you think, Percy Bysshe Shelley died as a result of a shipwreck. Pauline was very fond of the artist's poems much that he decided to pay homage to a villa near the sea. Today the villa is home to the Civic Museums of Viareggio which are comprised of: the archaeological museum, the museum of musical instruments and art gallery. The archaeological museum exhibits prehistoric materials found in the north - western Tuscany. The Musical Instrument Museum is packed with more than 400 pieces from all over Europe, Africa, Asia and America from various eras. Finally, the Art Gallery is dedicated to Lorenzo Viani, originally known contemporary artist from Viareggio. In addition to exhibiting the works of Viani, are part of exposure twentieth century masters such as Carlo Carra and Giorgio de Chirico. The Civic Museums offer a 360 degree view of the history of Viareggio and the artistic evolution from prehistory to contemporary art.