Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

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Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria

Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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Henrik T
Copenhagen, Denmark237 contributions
Recently renovated, the museum in Perugia has become a genuine pearl. Even if you are not interested in Italian art from 1250 to 1600, the museum is well worth a visit just for the interior architecture and new design of the exhibition rooms. Great sense of history, simplicity and estetics. Only a modest number of paintings are on exhibition, giving ample space for those on show to really shine. No sense of rushing to the next to make sure you cover all. The paintings are not surprisingly not at the same quality level as the paintings Uffici in Firenze, but especially the collection of early paintings is really worth spending an hoour seeing,
Written July 21, 2022
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Corciano, Italy7,469 contributions
Huge art space consisting of two floors on the main avenue of Perugia (Corso Vannucci). It contains a wonderful collection of Umbrian art, including Perugino and many others. It’s always a great pleasure to stroll between those beautiful paintings (most of which are on the religious subjects). In one of the rooms you can also find yourself standing behind the huge clock in the wall that shows time on Perugia’s tower. The gallery often has interesting temporary exhibitions. Last year we liked Federico Seneca and Wall of sound by Guido Harari. This year we’ve seen Closed Session by Jimmy Katz and La Madonna Benois by Leonardo da Vinci. When you enter, pay attention to the statues of the griffin and the lion. They are the originals that were on the outside of the Palazzo dei Priori and now are substituted there by the replicas. Griffin is the most important symbol of Perugia. You’ll find it all over the city. The entrance price for the museum is more than reasonable but if you happen to be around on the first Sunday of the month- it’s completely free and includes special exhibitions besides the main collection.
Written September 3, 2019
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Cody C
Cape Town17 contributions
I'm not generally considered to be a person who frequents galleries. No. I'm more likely to be found languidly supporting my mildly inebriated weight on the polished surface of some hidden bar or speakeasy. As a child my parents dragged me to so many galleries, exhibitions and poetry readings that I ended up associating art events with sore feet and dull adults. But here in Italy, the staggering beauty of centuries’ worth of art, the sheer weight of thousands of years of civilisation, well, it simply swept away any niggling issues I have with galleries like dust driven forth by a hurricane. I had just spent the previous two weeks hastily plastering over a lifetime of ignorance and barbarity by visiting the various galleries of London, which had been brilliant. I then went to visit some acquaintances in Northern Italy. I walked through piazzas, arm in arm with a beautiful Italian girl (a friend, but it was still fantastic.). I ate many cheeses. I cooked pastas and got drunk on the watery local Pinot Grigio. I was in Heaven. And then I went to Venice. And was immediately in Hell. Now I know why Venice is sinking: The sheer weight of obese foreign tourists, thundering along the pathways, the mass of millions of excess hamburgers is driving Venice further into the mud; one step at a time. I stayed for three hours before thinking Sod This. I took a train to Perugia. I knew nothing of Perugia. I arrived late at night, awoke in the morning, downed a small espresso, and went straight to the Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria. The exhibition here was, most certainly, the most staggeringly impressive thing I have ever seen. It began on the top floor, and worked its way down through the floors and the centuries, until finishing several floors below. I will not go into too much detail here, but I will say this to you now: Go there at once. Leave the office or apartment, wherever you are, get onto a plane, and go to this gallery. I was breathless a third of the way down, speechless halfway down, reeling and dumbstruck by the end. Yes, it’s partly because I’m a barbarian who is not entirely used to the charm of antiquity. But it’s more than that too, and I suggest you go there, and find out for yourself.
Written September 23, 2014
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Boynton Beach, FL5,390 contributions
I should have read the reviews for this museum before going as I was so impressed with the building itself I jumped at the chance to get inside. If you’re a fan of religious Renaissance Art you’re in for a real treat here. If not, I’d skip it and enjoy the building from its exterior and the free main level. There are a few rooms/galleries that still retain frescoes from the original construction as well as an interesting clock tower room. Although I had no interest in the exhibit, I must say that it was probably the most comprehensive collection of religious art I’ve seen anywhere.
Written February 26, 2020
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Mary B
Cardiff, United Kingdom12 contributions
This museum has literally rooms and rooms of madonnas and not much else. I was faintly interested by how many wretchedly unattractive madonnas were painted in the 1200s...then there’s a weird little stage when the angels turn into heads with wings. It’s like a morgue for Christianity.
Written January 5, 2020
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98 contributions
My visit started badly.

Firstly staff would not allow me bring my handbag so I felt I'll at ease. Given that recently a French tourist allegedly tried to rob artefacts at Pompeii, their distrust of tourists is understandable.

However after I put away my handbag I discovered the audio guide was a further €3.00 on top of the €6.50 I had already paid. Then they also wanted photo ID. In my country we do not have identity cards and I do not hand my passport to strangers. I made do with the information panels.

I should explain that personally I just don't like wooden altar pieces of bored looking Madonne and child. There seems to be an oppressive amount of them in the first 15 rooms of this museum. I almost left after the first 10 rooms.

I soldiered on, and thankfully things improve dramatically on the second floor. There are some fine examples of paintings with perspective.

I expect art galleries to be free so this gallery seems overpriced to me. The frescoes in San Severino 3 minutes walk up the road for €1 are a better option (€3 ticket covers 3 sights)
Written August 17, 2014
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,123 contributions
Pietro Vanucci, called Perugino was local and owes his name to Perugia. If you are wondering why you haven't seen many pictures of Perugian/ Umbrian painters, it's because they went from Medieval to Baroque to Gothic, by-passing the Renaissance. Perugia, as well as the entire Umbria was part of the Papal States, thus much of the Renaissance passed by unnoticed.

This Museum is on the Third floor of Palazzo dei Priori (which once upon a time hosted I Priori, the Big Honchos ruling Umbria) and contains a rather uninteresting collection of Medieval art. The only interest to me was the Sala Perugino because I had never seen so many of his paintings in one place. Rafaelle Sanzo was a student of Perugino and some Art historians think that he painted some of the faces in Perugino's paintings. There are also a couple of Pintoricchio, Beato Angelico and Piero della Francesca. Near the entrance, you can see two metal sculptures of the Griffin and the Lion, symbols of Perugia. They are the originals from the Palazzo dei Priori, a beautiful building itself. The Palazzo has copies of these originals now.

Since we will be in Umbria for a while, we bought a "family" pass, good for about a dozen museums in Perugia, up to four people, unlimited number of visits, Euro 35. The admission to this Museum alone was 16 Euros, you can see the savings right away. Upon paying the 35 Euro, you get a card with bar code but, strangely enough, they don't read the bar code: the Cashier explains that every time you visit a museum, you should stop at the cashier's office and get a "ricevuta", a paper receipt. You hand said paper receipt to the Attendant at the door of every museum respectively. Go figure! I guess this is only normal for the layers of bureaucracy of today's Italy.
Written April 19, 2013
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Philadelphia, PA180 contributions
I had been to this museum four years ago and found the collection quite good, very intelligently arranged, and in a "modern" museum mode inside an historic building. [If you have read about the Brera in Milan you will understand.] So this year I told my friends that it was worth the two hour drive from the Chianti area of Tuscany to go to Perugia to see this. Imagine my shock when we went in, and we were about to pay the entrance fee when I was told I could not carry my shoulder bag. I said "what?" The young woman pointed to a two-page list of rules, at the bottom of which it said no large bags or backpacks. I said that this was a regular-size shoulder bag -- not some big one. It was not a tote bag, let alone anything approaching a backpack. She was adamant. I had no pockets in my slacks or top, so I would have had to leave the bag with my wallet, all my credit cards, 300 euros, my passport, etc. There were no lockers, and no area with a guard. It seemed my handbag would be put on a shelf somewhere. There was only this one young woman in the entrance area/bookshop. Since I had carried this same bag four years ago (my trusty travel shoulder bag) I was shocked and asked to talk to a supervisor There appeared to be none. So we left. I write this so that potential future female visitors will know not to take their passport, wallet, credit cards, etc. -- or wear cargo pants!
Written July 12, 2016
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We are sincerely displeased for your unhappy experience with our gallery. The rules of our museum, like most of those similar facilities, provide security measures to avoid illicit acts as vandalism or robbery of the exposesd artworks as well as other crimes involving the security of our visitors. One of those measures is collecting visitors' bags inside the cloackroom of our ticket office, located at the ground floor. Every visitor must check there before entering the rooms at the third floor. The cloakroom is composed by individual and collective lockers, the latters generally used by school classes and tourist groups. Visitors are given a separate key for each locker. Individual lockers are located inside the ticket office while the collective ones are placed just next to the office window so that they are all guarded by the staff. Your experience is probabily a product of misunderstanding as our staff always encourage visitors to check at the ticket office and to put the bags into the lockers. If a visitor prefers to keep his personal belongings (cards, wallets, pockets, documents etc) while visiting the museum, he/she is given a plastic transparent bag at the ticket office so that they can be recognized by our security staff at the entrance. We also remember that umbrellas, bottles and food are not allowed in the museum. Permitted bags and equipments are: - cameras (taking pictures is allowed without flashlight); - bags carrying essential medications or medical devices; - bags carrying baby care products; - personal little bags not exceeding 25 x 15 cm (about 10" × 6") size. Bigger sizes of any kind of bag are not allowed inside the museums' rooms. We hope that the patience and understanding of our visitors will always be refunded with a pleasant walk through the rooms of the museum.
Written September 13, 2016
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Genoa, Italy1,651 contributions
I'm an audio guide junkie; if a museum is offering one; I'm renting it because I find it essential to learn about the art while viewing it. So I bought the 48 hour pass for 10 euros (great savings-admission to 5 museums over 48 hours) and the audio guide for 1 euro and started off. What a mess! For most audio guides you simply key in the room number or number for the piece of art you are interested in-simple!. This AG was continuous and went from one room to the next, skipping some rooms completely and even though there were numbers next to pictures, you couldn't key them in! It was difficult to use so I went back to the ticket office to make sure I understood the directions and that's correct you just let it run and don't key in anything. However when put on pause, it turns off after 30 seconds, so you start over or if you are lucky, you locate the listing of rooms which doesn't coincide with the actual content in the room! ridiculous and very frustrating. The actual explanations, when located were pretty good, but using it was miserable. Each room has general information in both Italian and English, so skip the AG. There was one Orazio Gentileschi and of course several Peruginos that I was interested to see; however the information by each painting is only in Italian. Most of the art is nicely displayed but trying to follow the room #'s to keep in chronological order isn't easy. Overall logically very disappointing but good art! Closed on Monday but long hours Tues-Sunday 8:30-7:30pm. Nice book shop and storage lockers.
Written October 13, 2013
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Perugia, Italy80 contributions
Last visit during the temporary exposition of Benois Virgin of Leonardo da Vinci. But, during years in Perugia, I come back many Times for a beautiful visit of wonderful paintings
Written August 7, 2019
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