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Museo del Novecento

Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 8844 4061
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a modest, modern museum in a nice building

The building looks like it has seen the Guggenheim, but still worth a look. A lot of so-so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard R
Pennington, NJ
Great collection

The museum was opened in 2010 with great collection of mostly Italian modern artists. It is housed... 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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 02 8844 4061
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The building looks like it has seen the Guggenheim, but still worth a look. A lot of so-so derivative Italian artists, but also some good stuff, mostly at the end of the route. A very fine dedicated display of one artist was there in Sept.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was opened in 2010 with great collection of mostly Italian modern artists. It is housed in the Palazzo dell’Arengario, a Fascist-era complex of two symmetrical buildings that was designed in 1936 but finished twenty years later. The gallery brought a new life into...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 1 week ago

With the exception of a few pieces, we were sorry to waste the time here, although it had been highly recommended by local Milanese friends. There is a spectacular view of the cathedral from the top floor and an interesting work made with moving magnets,...More

Thank internationalvoyager
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

... but also for the building and the view on Piazza del Duomo. Nice museum, not too big with easy access. Very impressive top floor with masterpieces from Lucio Fontana.

Thank Am_et_Mat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For one of the best views of the Duomo, visit Museo del Novecento. Located inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Piazza del Duomo, it hosts a collection of over four thousand works that catalyzed the development of 20th century Italian art. With a grand spiral staircase...More

Thank Jenelle W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Definitely worth a visit for art lovers, plus it is not crowded and hs stunning view of the Duomo from the top floors. Lovely and cool too and not too crowded.

Thank GMS161
Reviewed 18 July 2017

A vertical Museum, each floor a diferent surprise, all modern art, and a must see! with de Chirico, Giacomo Balla and others contemporaries. Rare works.

Thank silviaroesler
Reviewed 17 July 2017

A really good modern art gallery in the heart of Milan, inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Piazza del Duomo. 20th Century Italian art alongside travelling exhibitions. Well worth a visit. The cafe is more of a restaurant and pricey. If you just want drinks you...More

Thank Jacqueline M
Reviewed 14 July 2017

Cool interiors and unique exhibitions. Not the typical religious artwork. Much more contemporary. View from top floor off the Galleria is great.

Thank Judy B
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Location is simply fantastic since you are sitting in a glas balcony looking to the Duomo and square. They even have an open air terrace but be aware, its for smokers and actually the wind blew the smoke into the restaurant which did disturb our...More

Thank Roger S
MuseodelNovecento, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo del Novecento, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

The restaurant is not directly managed by the Museo del Novecento.

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
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Response from Drestothrill | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly it is free admission.