Free admission (all visitors, all hours)
Children under 10 free
Separate rooms in the museum examine the lives of the two Italian men who shared this home for four years. Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was a general who personally led many of the crucial military campaigns that brought about the formation of a unified Italy in 1861. Antonio Meucci (1808-1889) invented a prototype of the telephone when Alexander Graham Bell was two years old. (Bell patented it.) The museum houses a schematic of Meucci’s teletrofono, as well as photographs, letters, memorabilia relating to both men and some of Garibaldi’s medals. There’s an extensive collection of military artifacts as well, including period rifles and uniforms and a giant cauldron used for making candles, the trade that sustained the two men through their years of poverty in America.