At the hub of 20th century art history
A dialogue with contemporary art


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. The Neon by Lucio Fontana represents a final embrace to the city.
The bookshop and the restaurant are the Museum’s meeting places. 
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.



Comune di Milano


Giuseppe Sala

Councillor for Culture

Tommaso Sacchi

Head of Culture

Marco Edoardo Minoja

Head Office culture strategic support

Caterina Concone

Press Office

Elena Conenna

Area Musei d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea


Gianfranco Maraniello

General Management

Simonetta Andolfo

Sponsorship and Acquisitions

Stefania Audenino


Elisabetta Ciccarelli
Adriana Ferrante
Andrea Manti
Rosa Pisani

Technical Office and Maintenance

Tiziano Barbieri
Emanuele Beda
Anna Maria Falcone


Rossella Molaschi


Maria Elena Pizzi


Ufficio Comando Custodi

Museo del Novecento


Gianfranco Maraniello

Chief Curator

Iolanda Ratti


Valentina Plebani

Loans Office, Iconographic Archives and Library

Chiara Ceccutti
Maria Grazia Conti
Margherita Scirpa
Dionigi Tresoldi 
Gabriella Zampino


Maria Elena Santomauro

Civilian Service

Sara Borghero
Arianna Campanelli


Come and visit

Come and visit

Discover a year of art

Discover a year of art

A look to masterpieces

A look to masterpieces

Museum & children

Museum & children


Museo del Novecento

Piazza Duomo, 8 Milano

T. +39 02 884 440 61
F. +39 02 884 440 62


Tuesday 10.00-19.30
Wednesday 10.00-19.30
Thursday 10.00-22.30
Friday 10.00-19.30
Saturday 10.00-19.30
Sunday 10.00-19.30

Last admission one hour before closing the museum.


Regular 5 €
Reduced 3 €