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Museo del Novecento

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Centro Storico
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Address: Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0288444061
09:30 - 19:30
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Sun 09:30 - 19:30
Mon 14:30 - 19:30
Tue - Wed 09:30 - 19:30
Thu 09:30 - 22:30
Fri 09:30 - 19:30
Sat 09:30 - 22:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario in...

The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario in Piazza del Duomo, hosts a collection of over four thousand works that catalyze the development of 20th century Italian art. The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of spreading knowledge of 20th century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Beside its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation and promotion of 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience. With an eye toward the city, the Museo del Novecento develops around multiple locations. The Permanent Collection follows a chronological path where collective exhibitions alternate with solo art shows. The grand spiral staircase inside the building welcomes visitors and introduces them to the visit of the Museum with the Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate) by Pellizza da Volpedo. The bookshop and the restaurant are the Museum's meeting places. The Neon by Lucio Fontana represents a final embrace to the city. Reflecting Milan's feverish cultural dynamism, the Permanent Collection is essentially the story of several private collections that have been brought together thanks to the generosity and passion for art of many private collectors. Since its inception, the collection has been augmented by major gifts from artists, collectors and philanthropists who play an active role in the growth of the Museum's heritage, which today reflects the rich trajectory of art from the early 20th century through the present. An outstanding example of architecture and, today, an impressive installation communicating directly with the city, since 2010 the Palazzo dell'Arengario has accommodated the Museo del Novecento. This landmark building, designed by Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio, and Portaluppi, was renovated by the Rota Group to host a richly layered collection of 20th century Italian art. The transformation of the Palazzo dell'Arengario was dictated by the need to organize the composition of Milan's Civiche Raccolte d'Arte (Municipal Art Collections) around two distinct poles. While the historic premises of Villa Reale were meant to host collections dating from the 19th century, the Palazzo dell'Arengario was singled out for the exhibits of 20th century artwork. The latter was particularly meaningful for the harmony existing between its architecture and the collection it was meant to display. This project enabled to best exploit the interior premises, while turning the building into one of the major cultural places in Milan. The grand spiral staircase inside the building is probably the most impressive architectural feature of the Museum: a functional element that connects several levels, from the subway up to the panoramic terrace overlooking the Duomo.

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Interesting gallery of 20th century painting and sculpture

I visited on a Sunday and it was very quiet. I think also that some of the rooms including those in the Palazzo Reale part were closed, either because the exhibits had been moved... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Chambery, France
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Chambery, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I visited on a Sunday and it was very quiet. I think also that some of the rooms including those in the Palazzo Reale part were closed, either because the exhibits had been moved or because it was Sunday. But the entry price was also reduced. The paintings etc. are well laid-out, with explanatory notes in Italian and English.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Some wonderful pieces of work from Modern Art to Abstract Art. A must see when in Milan. The only downside is the confusing layout of the place as it feels like you are in a maze. Asides from that, it's a really good place to visit.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This large gallery on several levels has plenty of interest with a divers range o paintings, sculptures and installations. Very enjoyable.

Thank Nigel A
Solihull, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived on Monday at 2.30pm when they opened. There was one person selling tickets. A scrum of about thirty people quickly developed with no attempt to manage the queue. People were just shaking their heads in disbelief. With no chance of getting tickets without a long wait we left and returned thirty minutes later - but the situation was... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was intrigued by a museum of modern art just next to the Duomo in Milan. The architecture is interesting and the visit to the museum has been orchestrated so that you follow the signs and will have seen everything. No hidden treasures (at least I don't think so). The staff were all friendly and helpful (you don't get lost... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent location right next to the Duomo. A good collection of modern art mainly from the Italian painters of the 20th century. A good way to spend a few hours specially on a rainy day

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

I decided at the last minute to visit this museum and so happy that I did. There were many painting by Italian artists that I had seen in my books but not up close. Glad I stopped in and hope to bring my children there next time.

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MuseodelNovecento, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo del Novecento, responded to this review

We'll be waiting for you and your chlidren! Thank you so much! More 

Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

the museum content is good, the place is very attractive and well redesigned. still a bit confusing in terms of flow and gets quite cramped in days of high inflow . one of Milan attractions , but not in the top 10 modern art museums in the world

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Of course much of Milan is a post WW2 city, but when we think of Italy and Italian museums, generally we think "antiquity". So Museo Del Novecento opens up a new lens on Italy. The building itself is interesting with a very modern interior. The art on display includes paintings, sculpture and installations. There's a very good, upscale restaurant upsatairs... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is the second time I visit this museum, so much to see, and much more interesting done with a guided tour. You get to listen to amazing anecdotes, understand much better the modern pieces of artwork present throughout the museum in an amazing location. Just wonderful!

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The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
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