Accademia Carrara
Accademia Carrara
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
The Accademia Carrara Museum, founded in 1796 by Giacomo Carrara, is considered the museum of the Italian collectors and a collection at European level. The new exhibition, renewed in 2023, presents more than three hundred works, with masterpieces by Pisanello, Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, Raffaello, Tiziano, Lotto, Moroni, and other masters of the Italian painting. The visit is a real journey through the art history that is articulated throughout a five-century time span, from the beginning of the fifteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Robert21647
    Wellesley, Massachusetts283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bergamo gem
    Delightful art collection with wide ranging European art coverings centuries. Surprisingly not highly promoted and definitely not crowded. Pleasant way to spend 2 -3 hours in this wonderful city
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2024
  • SB01
    Sonning Common, United Kingdom869 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Small Museum
    I had the absolute privilege of being part of a small group who had a private tour after hours with the curator. With her enthusiasm and expertise she brought selected pictures from the temporary and permanent collection to life. Even without her, this is a special place. The galleries are immaculate, beautifully decorated and the pictures hung so that you can see them really well. To my surprise there were a number of paintings by the masters, including Raphael and Botticelli. Even those by less well known artists were high quality. Away from the paintings of course the richly decorated stairwell and elevator is worthy of the attention it receives. Great credit to the gallery for having the vision and guts to take the risk and dare to be different. Overall, highly recommended.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written June 1, 2024
  • Faye P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Experience — Thank You!
    We visited this museum yesterday and we really enjoyed our time there! The exhibits were very beautiful. There was quite a lot to see so you can spend a while there. They give you bracelets so that if you want to leave for lunch and come back you can, which is what we did! The best part of our trip was how friendly the staff were! My partner’s shoe unfortunately broke upon entering and they were so kind as to get us some tape, and spent their time helping us put it back together. Upstairs, another member of staff helped us find the best way to see the exhibit and walk around. We definitely recommend visiting here!
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 7, 2024
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy672 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Art is one of the things I love most in my life. It makes me dream, relax, and gives me deep emotions. I grew up reading books about art history and watching documentaries on TV, plus, as an Italian, I’m really proud of our rich heritage envied by several countries in the world.
I visited Accademia Carrara back in October 2016, when my university experience in Bergamo (my grandmother and my mother’s hometown, by the way) was just at its beginning, and I was astonished of being in such a breathtaking and stimulating place. Definitely recommended during a Bergamo holiday!
Written June 24, 2021
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Meowistan
Budapest, Hungary47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
The Accademia offers a well curated exhibition of paintings and some sculptures from different eras and also gives explanations about them. It’s easy to go atound and to spend there 1-2 hours.
The only thing which was a bit disappointing, was the Rembrandt exhibition. There were big posters about it on the outside and the inside of the building and also they gave a detailed explanation about the painter’s life. After this an exhibition of a few rooms would be expected, but there was only one small portrait in a small room in the middle of the museum.
Written October 30, 2021
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Tatyana M
Minsk, Belarus151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
A must see in Bergamo! You can discover here a beautiful selection of Renaissance artworks under the most approriate lighting. Very nicely done.

Special thanks to Stanley who sells tickets who was very friendly to sing "happy birthday" to my mum and explained us that she was eligible for a free visit to this beautiful place
Written April 10, 2023
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SB01
Sonning Common, UK869 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
I had the absolute privilege of being part of a small group who had a private tour after hours with the curator. With her enthusiasm and expertise she brought selected pictures from the temporary and permanent collection to life. Even without her, this is a special place. The galleries are immaculate, beautifully decorated and the pictures hung so that you can see them really well. To my surprise there were a number of paintings by the masters, including Raphael and Botticelli. Even those by less well known artists were high quality.
Away from the paintings of course the richly decorated stairwell and elevator is worthy of the attention it receives. Great credit to the gallery for having the vision and guts to take the risk and dare to be different.
Overall, highly recommended.
Written June 1, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EuropeaninNY
New York City, NY24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
A lovely space with a fabulous collection of work which we were surprised to see in a small place like Bergamo. The pictures and sculpture were very well curated and displayed. We only needed an hour. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly.
Written June 24, 2022
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Faye P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We visited this museum yesterday and we really enjoyed our time there! The exhibits were very beautiful. There was quite a lot to see so you can spend a while there. They give you bracelets so that if you want to leave for lunch and come back you can, which is what we did!
The best part of our trip was how friendly the staff were! My partner’s shoe unfortunately broke upon entering and they were so kind as to get us some tape, and spent their time helping us put it back together. Upstairs, another member of staff helped us find the best way to see the exhibit and walk around.
We definitely recommend visiting here!
Written June 7, 2024
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Robert21647
Wellesley, MA283 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Delightful art collection with wide ranging European art coverings centuries. Surprisingly not highly promoted and definitely not crowded. Pleasant way to spend 2 -3 hours in this wonderful city
Written May 21, 2024
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Champers530
Glen Rock, NJ148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
A wonderful art museum where we literally saw only 3 other people. It's heavy on Italian, religious art and the Renaissance however there some significant sculptures. Of course, as always, the audio guide is essential to better understanding many of the pieces. Two hours is all you need for an excellent dose of culture. An easy enough walk down from from Citta Alta.
Written July 26, 2018
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Oleg B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Compared to museum grands, like Le Luvre or The Hermitage, Accademia Carrara is small.
And this is its greatest advantage. You should not run like hell among hundreds of halls throwing cursory glances to tens of thousands masterpieces.
Modest, selective, thought through, atmospheric, whispering the spirit of age closely to your soul - that is the experience, I consider personal.
Bernini's Andromeda staying alone in a stance made especially for her, set against the doorway of Bergamo School of Arts with students sitting on steps holding their sketchbooks - a picture worth remembering.
You will not find halls devoted to dozens of pictures from the same painter, which make your experience comprehensive, but overloaded.
Instead of this you meet in the same Hall # 1(rather a chamber than a full-sized hall) Mantegna's and Crivelli's Madonnas col bambini to think, feel and observe, how much difference in painting can less that a decade make in the buzzing environment of quattrocento.
It will take half a day, but the experience is so tensed - you will consider every minute worth an hour hurrying gigantic paths of major global museums.
Written November 7, 2018
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JohnTheBear
Toronto, Canada4,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
This lovely museum, established from a private collection, offers an overview of painting from the various regions of Northern Italy. There are many famous artists represented here, though the collection seems to focus on smaller canvases or lesser know works. All is of highest quality, however. The paintings are displayed exceptionally well and almost every one has detailed information in Italian and English. The first floor, focusing on early and high renaissance art was a bit more interesting to me than the collection of mannerist, baroque, and later paintings on the second. At the time of my visit, there was a special exhibit about a painting in the collection that had been recently determined to be an authentic Mantegna after it had been restored. By all means visit if you are in Begamo!
Written May 19, 2019
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