Museo del Novecento

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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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The area
Neighbourhood: 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 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.
How to get there
  • Duomo • 2 min walk
  • Cordusio • 5 min walk
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1,919 reviews
Very good

Jan D
Avelgem, Belgium212 contributions
Interesting experience
Aug 2021
Museo del Novecento offers a very nice variety of recent and modern art , all very good presented. No classical art or paintings here
Written 17 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy301 contributions
May 2021
Have you always wished to admire “The Fourth State” by Pellizza da Volpedo? Or “Forme Uniche Nella Continuità dello Spazio” by Umberto Boccioni? Or even “Me**a d’Artista” by Piero Manzoni? Well, you should come to this museum! Another fantastic thing is the view on Milan Cathedral and its square.
Written 27 July 2021
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New Jersey2,415 contributions
Excellent museum and it is open on Monday afternoons
Dec 2019
I visited the Museo del Novecento in December 2019. It is one of the few museums that is open on Mondays as most Milan museums are closed on Mondays. I had to wait in a long line to buy a ticket which cost 5 euros. There were a few paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Kandinsky. But most of the museum is dedicated to Italian artists with a focus on the years 1920 to present. As you work your way up to the top floor, you can get a great view of the Duomo and Piazza del Duomo.
Written 19 February 2020
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Lille, France656 contributions
Extraordinary museum
Dec 2019
I truly enjoyed the experience at the Museum del Novecento. It has a wonderful collection of contemporary italian Artists (e.g. Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Salvatore Scarpita) in a beautiful setting right next to the Duomo. There are few early XX artists as well. The place is huge and while I was there it had some intriguing optical art exposition. If you are overwhelmed by classical renaissance art (Brera), , this could be a nice break. On the down side, there is not cafe and the gift shop was poor; I was expecting more from this venue.
Written 2 January 2020
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Milan, Italy95 contributions
De Pisis exhibition
Nov 2019
This is not a very well known museum although in central Milan and well worth a visit. It is an old building which has been modernised well with excellent galleries, good lighting and polite, helpful staff. At the moment there is an large exhibition of the works of an Italian painter, de Pisis. His paintings are later than the Impressionists, very vital, you can see he spent a lot of time outside capturing the moment on canvas and the results are to be admired.
My only complaint is the really atrocious English translations. What a pity! They mar a very pleasant exhibition.
Written 24 November 2019
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Reading, UK199 contributions
Enjoyable, reasonably priced gallery
Nov 2019 • Family
We visited with our 3 teenage children and were pleasantly surprised by the entrance fee.

We all enjoyed the visit, but the highlight for my children were the experiential modern pieces on the top floor.

It’s a good sized gallery with a good balance of styles and pieces.
Written 15 November 2019
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San Juan Islands, WA436 contributions
"Must see" for its Italian Futurism in 1910-20s and also Milan modern in 195-60s
Oct 2019
The real hits of this modern art museum are on its entry floor -- fabulous Italian Futurist paintings and sculpture. We were happy but "visually full" when we reached the top-most floor with a really outstanding collection of Milan modernism in the 1950s-60s -- straight out of MOMA or something!
(Some wacky text accompanies the novocento movement during the Fascist 1920s . . .)
Written 8 November 2019
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United Kingdom257 contributions
A True Pleasure
Oct 2019
Some lovely pieces of art in this museum (I particularly loved seeing the Boccioni works) and the 'flow' of the museum works well. Altogether, from a friendly welcome, the museum has a nice feel. However, it seems to come to a rather abrupt end and then there's nothing but escalators down to the exit. Very good value compared to some museums, with only €5 entrance ticket, so I hope to revisit!
Written 6 November 2019
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Ireland218 contributions
A Dream Fulfilled
Oct 2019
For decades I have admired the works of Umberto Boccionni and had hoped to see his sculptures in situ. Today was the day. I was not disappointed! The bronze form (on Italy’s .20 euro coin) was beautifully displayed as were about a dozen paintings that show the progression of his approach to painting. And! Wonder of wonders, photography is allowed. Other floors and rooms featured modern artists and their works. All displayed without overcrowding (Louvre, I’m looking at you). Hours of enjoyment for €3. Hard to believe.
Written 5 October 2019
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Johns Creek, GA11 contributions
fun museum with great view of Duomo Square
Aug 2019
This museum contains lots of fun art from the 1900s, especially the Italian futurists. But the most surprising part was that the top level has floor to ceiling windows, with great views of the Duomo and surrounding plaza.
We were there on a Sunday. The museum was supposed to open at noon, but it did not open on time. We had to pay admission in cash because they said that the credit card machine was broken. Also it cost extra for the audio guide.
Written 22 September 2019
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Museo del Novecento is open:
  • Sun - Sun 09:30 - 19:30
  • Mon - Mon 14:30 - 19:30
  • Tue - Wed 09:30 - 19:30
  • Thu - Thu 09:30 - 22:30
  • Fri - Fri 09:30 - 19:30
  • Sat - Sat 09:30 - 22:30
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