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Museo del Novecento

Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 8844 4061
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Free on certain days after 2

Located across from the Duomo and was free after 2 when we were there. I really wouldn't spend... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joyce P
Excellent Museum

We visited this museum when we went to see the Duomo. It is right next to the Duomo & the metro... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 02 8844 4061
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Located across from the Duomo and was free after 2 when we were there. I really wouldn't spend money to visit it with all the other great site of Milan to see

Thank Joyce P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum when we went to see the Duomo. It is right next to the Duomo & the metro stop Duomo is very close to the museum. The museum has excellent paintings & it is well worth a visit. We used the Museum...More

Thank RPanicher
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this museum. It is a bit complicated especially when you want to pass into temporary exhibition but as an architect and a tourist I can see this is a must. It has an amazing view of Duomo and the piazza in front of...More

1  Thank Hazal G
Reviewed 1 week ago

You shouldn't miss this museum if you want to learn more from the Italian art of the 19th and 20th century. There are for everybody who is art lover something to see. Most probably everbody visits to Milan will come to the PIazza Duomo and...More

1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There's a lot more to the museum than what you see from the Duomo plaza. This museum winds around and around, and up and down- heed the staff's suggestions regarding the route of your visit! There is such a wide variety of Italian modern art,...More

Thank sandy c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Halfway through the first floor I thought my visit was going to be a short one. An hour later I was thrilling at what I had seen, including a view from the top floor looking out and OVER the Duomo which has got to be...More

2  Thank artnik
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I have been to Milano at least 10 times and only on my last trip I went there...and I regret I did not before. First of all, the entrance is free 2 hours before closing! I thought it was reduced, but it was free! The...More

2  Thank Bob R
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

This museum on the Piazza del Duomo does not get anywhere near the volume of visitors as it's neighbors, the Duomo and the Duomo Museum. Which is a shame, because it is home to fantastic art, including important works by Picasso, Mondrian, Bracque, and numerous...More

2  Thank Jack G
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I opted to visit when entrance was free- two hours before closing. I found some of the sculptures and paintings quite admirable, but I found much of the art underwhelming. It is about taste and others may take the opposite view. It trended toward getting...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This is a museum that features 20th Century Italian art. It makes no claims about being the 'best' or the most inclusive. Unless you are an 'expert' on this genre of art or an 'art snob' whose reviews are intended to show just how much...More

Thank peter t
Centro Storico
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
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Rebecca K
24 August 2015|
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Response from Drestothrill | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly it is free admission.