Accademia Carrara

Accademia Carrara, Bergamo: Hours, Address, Accademia Carrara Reviews: 4.5/5

Accademia Carrara
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The picture gallery of the Accademia Carrara, founded in 1796 by Giacomo Carrara, is considered to be the fruit of Italian collecting and one of the finest European art museum. Over six hundred artworks are on display in the museum, arranged in 28 rooms over two floors. They include masterpieces by Pisanello, Mantegna, Bellini, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Lotto, Moroni and other leading Italian painters, offering a journey through five centuries of Italian art history, from the beginning of the fifteenth to the end of the nineteenth century.
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debutant95
France163 contributions
Very nice museum with art from Renaissance until 19th century. I especially liked the organization, the explanations of the painting, making it for example much more understandable than Pinacoteca di Brera in Milano.
The size of this museum is big enough so that you have a lot to see (so, no doubt you will find something that you like) and not too big, so that you can make the visit in less than 2 hours, no risk of getting bored.
Written August 16, 2021
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Boris K
Tel Aviv, Israel167 contributions
A human-size gallery containing a good collection of Italian paintings. Do not expect the level of Uffizi though, enjoy a rich collection of portraits by Giovanni Moroni and several good works by more known and less known painters. The gallery is well-organized, air-conditioned, so your visit will not be too tiring.
Written July 26, 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy561 contributions
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, Hungary17 contributions
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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Kate Y
Dundee, Scotland123 contributions
Really enjoyed our visit to this wonderful gallery. Notice boards in all of the rooms guide the visitor through centuries of art, mainly of religious subjects, but also many portraits and other scenes. If you want to come and go, staff are quite happy for you to do that so long as you hold onto your ticket.
Written January 13, 2020
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EuropeaninNY
New York City, NY19 contributions
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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Champers530
Glen Rock, NJ162 contributions
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
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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, Canada4,540 contributions
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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LolaTS52
Melbourne, Australia52 contributions
Solo
For the hefty entrance fee without audio included, the gallery was overreaching in its descriptions of "best collections" . Most of it is religious art from 1500 on, saints, saints, saints, madonnas madonnas madonnas, crucifixions , crucifixions etc etc. The interesting works were the portraits of non religious individuals. There was little if any sculpture, textiles, ceramic art or anything else. The Durer looked to be one he did very early in his career and probably One he would like to have removed if he came back from the grave in light of the genius of his later work. Like hearing John and Paul sing off key at the Cavern Club. Anyway, the museum is probably something to do in a rainy day in Bergamo but don't expect any wow moments.
Written May 10, 2017
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Accademia Carrara is open:
  • Mon - Mon 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed - Thu 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Fri - Sun 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM