House of Music Cusani palace

Piazzale San Francesco, 1 - 43121 - Parma (PR)

Phone: +39 0521031170

Opening times

reception from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

April 25 and June 2: open from 10am to 6pm

Special opening of the exhibition “Viaggio nella musica di Miecio Horszowski”  April 1st from 10am to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm).

Palazzo Cusani cortile


Casa della Musica palazzo Cusani

Bourbon, a new function that entailed structural changes and the creation of different spaces in order to conform them to different needs. In 1820 thanks to Duchess Marie Louise, who had chosen to exploit huge buildings for administration and military purposes, Cusani Palace became the premises of the Law Court, thus completing a complex that already played host to the prison in the nearby San Francesco convent.

When in 1924 the Civil and Penal Court was moved to a another place, Cusani Palace became the seat of a primary school, thus involving further divisions of the great halls on the ground floor and the construction during the second world war of air-raid shelter that radically transformed the building appearance. Cusani Palace remained the seat of the primary school until 1983, when a earthquake seriously damaged it and doomed it to fall into disuse. Following accurate restoration works that have brought it back to its original splendour, the palace has been open to the public again since 2002. The building has nowadays a square shape and a total surface of 4500 square metres divided on three floors, with precious interiors decorated by original frescoes. At the centre of the inner court has been placed again the statue of Hercules and Anteus by the flemish Teodor Vanderstruck (1684-1687).