Museo del Novecento
Museo del Novecento
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
About
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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Neighborhood: 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
  • Missori • 5 min walk
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steve-norf
Norwich, UK170 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Some guide books say this is open on Monday, its not. (Tues – Sunday)
I have to say this is not a visitor friendly venue. The internal layout is complicated the main lift didn’t work and we were prevented from using some other lifts. The visit path is a one way progress that involves walking up a huge spiral slope. Some staff were not helpful, however others went out of their way for us. The temporary exhibition was very easy to miss as it wasn’t signed !
The exhibits are good and the labels very explanative, but there are very few places to sit down and the staff frowned pointedly if you perched on one of their seats for a moment.

The restaurant (it is a café but don’t expect a warm welcome if you just want a coffee) is hard work to reach with the out of commission lift and vv expensive with up themselves staff.

So stimulating exhibits but its actually a stressful environment that could easily be improved with a visitor oriented curator and staff team.
Written July 6, 2022
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gjhbknjmk
London, UK168 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A good museum, some interesting works in there and a useful introduction to more modern Italian art styles.

However, what absolutely ruins the place is the rudeness of the staff (not all, but the ones who aren't rude do not make up for the bad vibes from the rest). They stare and follow you round as you walk around the artworks, and are not at all helpful at telling you where to go next (confusing layout in the museum). One man got very angry that I did not know where to sign a waiver for looking behind a curtain at a piece. Another got very mad and shouted at me for going through a door with an unclear sign on it (see photo), after I'd checked with him if I should go that way and he'd grunted in assent. A simple 'No Entry' sign would alleviate any confusion here, surely?
Written December 21, 2023
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Rachel
Scottish Highlands, UK53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
The exhibition itself is great however the staff are not. Unfriendly, unwelcoming with no manners. They ignore you as you walk into each space, not even a smile or hello. I was told to get back from a piece of artwork that I was trying to get a closer look at. What’s the use of having detailed work if you can’t even look at it. I wasn’t touching, no where near, just looking. The woman was very abrupt about it. Made the whole experience negative as I felt like I was being treated like I was some potential criminal the whole time. Glad to have gone to see the Picassos and Kandinsky but would not go back.
Written September 7, 2023
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Quest817662
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Some wonderful works of art, particularly from the early 20th century. Alongside internationally famous names also some lesser known (to me) Italian artists whose works are just as impressive. The layout and system of lifts between floors was a little confusing, but I am sure that is only a temporary problem.
Written October 8, 2022
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Lilianitax
Miami, FL107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
I love museums, this was a treat! It’s bigger than I expected and it has plenty of contemporary art and incredible work from Italian artists. Some interactive pieces and things that will make you question reality and perception. I’ll love to go back soon and see the areas that were closed for the especial events in the city.
Written December 2, 2022
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ISyzigi
New York City, NY146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This excellent museum provides splendid views of Piazza del Duomo, interesting modern art, and refreshing air conditioning. The flow through the space is pleasurable and the collection has some real high points, such as Klee, Boccioni, and De Chirico (and some lulls through over-represented artists). There are evocative juxtapositions of old and new where artworks are positioned next to views of the piazza. The shop has some lovely fashion jewelry; more in the way of gifts would be welcome. Altogether, a worthwhile 90 minutes of enrichment in Milan.
Written July 20, 2023
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland5,423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
This museum displays twentieth century art in chronological order. It makes for a interesting trip through the decades. The building itself is impressive and gives some good views of the Duomo area.

Sometimes the layout of the tour can get confusing but plenty of staff there to point you in the right direction.
Written November 15, 2021
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Alessandra
Milan, Italy1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The problem with this place is the staff.
Oh they think they are smart and cool cause they know art but they are really rude and obnoxious. Well it is not fun to yelling at 17 years old girls. And when we asked for information they treated us like fools who make stupid question. At least we didn’t pay for this horrible experience.

Il problema di questo posto è lo staff. Si credono simpatici, divertenti e superiori a noi perché conoscono l’arte. Non lo sono, anzi, non è divertente urlare in faccia a delle ragazzine di 17 anni. E poi abbiamo chiesto un’informazione e ci hanno trattato da stupide, come se ci stessimo inventando cose quando non era vero.
Almeno per questa esperienza di 💩 non abbiamo pagato.
Written May 3, 2024
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DianeCWilton
Sydney Australia5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
A beautiful building and easy to negotiate. Loved many of the different perspectives of some modern Italian artwork over the last 100yrs. Extremely disappointing that there were almost no female artists. I think I may have found one with a first name of Carla. The world of the 21st century demands more. There could have been a few more seats as well - there is a lot of walking and some works deserve a lingering look.
Written September 12, 2023
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2020worldtraveler2020
Los Angeles, CA961 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Really enjoyed the architecture and the artwork in this modern art museum. The views of the Duomo are also spectacular. The shop was a little disappointing but we weren't there to buy things anyway. Very good stop after doing the Duomo; would recommend it.
Written February 16, 2023
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