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Museo del Novecento

Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
+39 02 8844 4061
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Fabulous (Two Museum) Show "New York, New York" & Marvelous Contemporary Collection

From now until September 17th, the Museo del Novecento AND the Gallerie d'Italia (both in Central... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New England
Good post 20th century art venue.

The MdN is great place for modern artwork starting from the 20th century. It is full of good... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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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: 14:30 - 19:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Via Marconi, 1, 20122 Milan, Italy
Centro Storico
+39 02 8844 4061
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From now until September 17th, the Museo del Novecento AND the Gallerie d'Italia (both in Central Milan near Duomo have a extraordinary exhibit "New York---New York: Italian Art Rediscovering America". This shows various contemporary Italian artists as they share their vision of the United States....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The MdN is great place for modern artwork starting from the 20th century. It is full of good contemporary, European artists that comprise of paintings, sculptures and displays. Especially, with Umberto Boccioni. There was a good New York exhibition on at the time. With regards...More

Thank hiphopsoul123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are Brera and Ambrosiana art galleries, the vast collections at Castello Sforzesco or Palazzo Reale, yet make sure you don't miss this much younger, scenic and rich in content museum. Located inside the Palazzo dell'Arengario on Piazza del Duomo, it houses collection of over...More

1  Thank ElenaNW87RL
Reviewed 12 May 2017

I visit the 900 every time I'm in Milan, and am never disappointed, even if it occasionally lapses into the trashant, as it has with a display of some - or is it just one; who cares? - Warhol pieces (dare none call them works)....More

1  Thank Mike G
Reviewed 12 May 2017

If you have had a enough of medieval and renaissance are in Milan then this museum of 20th centruy art is an absolute tonic! there is a good selection of often neglected Italian artist like Modigliani, de Chirico and Morandi as well as Atre Povera...More

Thank chris c
Reviewed 11 May 2017

This museum is right near the Duomo and has a nice collection of 20th century art with descriptions in English. You can also get nice views and pictures from the top floor of this museum.

Thank Howard S
Reviewed 22 April 2017

The literal translation of this museum’s name, “the museum of the 900” is a little confusing for non-Italian speakers. When referring to centuries, the Italians tend to drop the first millennium, so this is really “the museum of the 1900s”, i.e. what we would call...More

2  Thank Angela M
Reviewed 21 April 2017

On piazza Duomo, big, big collection, strange instalations, if you like that sort of things. Building is fantastic

Thank andrijana .
MuseodelNovecento, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo del Novecento, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for the review!

Reviewed 15 April 2017

I love modern art, and this was a good chance to see many Boccioni pieces, as well as a number of Italian artists I didn't know much about. Was lucky enough to be there when Andy Warhol's epic 60 Last Suppers was on display. Great...More

Thank S Brent P
MuseodelNovecento, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo del Novecento, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for your review!!

Reviewed 11 April 2017

A great antidote if you feel you've had too much religous or renaissence art, pricey restaurant (food excellent and artistically presented) on site with views accross Piazza del Duomo ( can get the same views from within the galleries).There is also an outdoor terrance for...More

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MuseodelNovecento, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Museo del Novecento, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

Thank you for the review!

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
Is anyone else finding it impossible to buy tickets online to this museum? I've tried their website, plus ticketone, and they both have bugs in their pages which disallow the completion of purchase, which is really annoying!
24 August 2015|
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Response from Drestothrill | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly it is free admission.