Art and culture

Museum Palace: Estense Gallery painting collections

Piazza Sant' Agostino, 337 - c/o Palazzo dei Musei - Modena - MO - 41121

Phone: +39(0)59/4395711

Fax: +39(0)59/230196



Monday 11th July: closed; Tuesday 12th July to Saturday 16th July: 8.30 a.m. – 14.00 p .m.; Sunday 17th July to August: Tuesday to Saturday: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p .m.; Sunday and public holidays: 2.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.; Monday: 2.00 p.m. – 7.30 p. m. Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. On the first Sunday of the month the Gallery is open all day and entrance is free. Sunday 7th August the Museum will be open from 2.oo p.m. to 7.30 p.m.. On the last Sunday of the month the Gallery is close.


FREE GUIDED TOURS (from 18th April to 29th July, 2016)
On Monday and on Friday: at 10.30 am (in italian) and at 11.30 am (in English).
For any information contact the Museum Palace: + 39(0)59/2033125

Entrance fee:
Estense Gallery: Euro 4,00; reduced price Euro 2,00 .

Since 1884 the Gallery has been housed in the Palazzo dei Musei, ex poorhouse, designed by the architect Pietro Termanini on commission of Francis III and completed in 1771.

Since the end of 1800 to date the collections, kept on the top floor of the building, have several times changed arrangement dictated by diversified exhibition formulas.

From Adolfo Venturi, first curator of the Gallery, to Serafino Ricci, Roberto Salvini and Rodolfo Pallucchini to the most recent curators, only a part of the works could be exhibited to the public: still today, after the environmental transformation of the seventies, entire nuclei cannot be viewed for reasons of space.

At present, the rationally upgraded Gallery is equipped with all the tools and systems required to best preserve the works.
The picture gallery comprises paintings, drawings, objects, bronzes and medals which belonged to the ducal family and came to Modena when the court moved to the new capital. Depauperated in 1746 following the sale of one hundred masterpieces to the elector of Sassonia for the sum of one hundred thousand sequins, it was subsequently enriched with new acquisitions.

Today it holds numerous masterpieces, gold oddments, tablets of the Flemish masters and Venetian and Emilian painting. Among other things stand out the bust of Francis I by Bernini, the portrait of the duke of Velasquez, the triptych of El Greco and the paintings of Correggio, Tintoretto, Veronese, Guido Reni, Guercino, Salvator Rosa among the most well-known.