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Palazzo Branciforte

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Address: via Bara all'Olivella, 2, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 888 7767
09:30 - 19:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 19:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Opened to the public in May 2012, Palazzo Branciforte, which extends over...

Opened to the public in May 2012, Palazzo Branciforte, which extends over an area of 5.650 square meters, houses some of the Fondazione Sicilia important collections.

On display on the ground floor is the archaeological collection; the main floor houses the stamp, coin and sculpture collections, along with the historical Library which preserves about 50,000 books from the Fondazione Sicilia collection. From here you can make your way to the splendid spaces of the Monte di Santa Rosalia, a rare surviving example of wooden architecture in the nineteenth century, where you can admire the Giacomo Cuticchio's sicilian Puppets collection.

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Fascinating slice of history.

Stumbled across this place by chance. Old Palazzo that has been refurbished part as a museum part restaurant and part preserved to show its past use as a pawn shop. Fascinating... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2016
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Stumbled across this place by chance. Old Palazzo that has been refurbished part as a museum part restaurant and part preserved to show its past use as a pawn shop. Fascinating private tour for 4 euros which was conducted by a highly articulate and knowledgable member of the museum staff.. .....apparently the banking family that owned the building moved to... More 

Thank popsExeter
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2015

This was a slightly boring , short tour of the Palace. The benefits are that it is air-conditioned, with a guided tour. The drawbacks are that the tour guide doesnt know much other than her usual speech, the actual things to see in the palace are generally dull, especially the coin and stamp collection and library, and there is a... More 

Thank jamespM28NZ
Locarno, Switzerland
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

I've been there two times and every time is a new discovery. Visits are always accompained by a well prepared guide and you can discover the only contemporary architecture restoration in town, signed by architect Gae Aulenti. The "monte di pietà" sector is simply moving...

1 Thank LaBoiteVisualArt
Emeryville, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2014

Beautiful renovation of this museum, a must when visiting Palermo. Excellent guide who speaks both Italian and English.

1 Thank nancypeter123
Sofia, Grad Sofiya, Bulgaria
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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2014

Nice Palace, located in downtown Palermo. Interesting architecture. It could be used for different events. There's nice rooms that could be seen

Thank inikolova
The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We went here after reading about it on TA when we were walking around the neighborhood. What a great experience, this new museum is a restored palace and they used a good architect to do this. As we were the only 2 people there we got our tour in English, and got great explanations and had all our questions answered.... More 

1 Thank Foxtroit
Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

This is a relatively new museum not far from the Archaeological Museum which looks like it will be closed for a long time. I didn't miss the old museum one bit as the Palazzo Branciforte is an historical gift to be cherished. Where else can you find exquisite artifacts from Selinunte and other archaeological sites so artfully displayed that your... More 

7 Thank LeahPhiladelphia_PA
Gold Coast Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully restored and unusual fragment of Palermo's past. The lovely Alice, a perfect,enthusiastic guide. The people's pawn shop relic absolutely intriguing, the archaeological display so well done.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2013

This visit was a great experience, made even better by the charming and ever-so-enthusiastic Alice B. who showed us around and told us all about the palace in English. TIP: if you get there at 09.30 and there are no other visitors, Alice can do the tour in English – otherwise it is in Italian, but would still be well... More 

1 Thank Alwrites
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

On a recent (second) visit to Palermo w friends, our guide strongly recommended a visit to this rebuilt palazzo. A beautiful place w well informed guides explaining interesting exhibits of ancient pottery, library, stamps and coins. Originally built for a wealthy family, the neighborhood declined and the family moved but opened a huge pawn shop for the poor. Part of... More 

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