The museum is located inside the medieval hostel for wayfarers and pilgrims. It is one of the most important collections of material cultural objects in central Italy. The exhibited material is an expression of the artisan, peasant and pastoral tradition of the Serchio Valley and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and covers a period of time that goes from the beginning of the 19th century to nowadays.
The exhibition is divided into 14 rooms organized according to different themes: from the reconstructions of environments related to the rural house (the kitchen, the cellars, the bedrooms), to the proposition of production cycles (bread-making, spinning and weaving and dairy).
A considerable number of tools documents the agricultural work, with reference to the different moments of the farmer’s activity (plowing, harvesting, processing and conservation of the products) and the artisan one, re-proposing the workshop of the blacksmith, carpentry and the candles.