Gallerie Estensi’s sites in Modena.

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Three centuries of history and culture in the Po valley’s small capital.

Modena has been part of the Este domain since the 13th century but became the capital of the Dukedom of Modena and Reggio in 1598 after the Este family was forced to leave Ferrara when the city returned to Papal rule.

The court thus moved to Modena with the substantial artistic heritage built up over the previous centuries. However, the Este family’s interest in art and their love of collecting did not stop, but was reinvigorated in the new capital. 

We can still enjoy the Este family’s passion for art, books, archaeology and collecting thanks to the collections at the Palazzo dei Musei in Modena, home to the Galleria Estense, Biblioteca Estense Universitaria and Museo Lapidario Estense.

Gallerie Estensi’s sites in Modena are at the top of the list of things to see in the city: alongside art collections featuring important paintings produced between the 14th and 18th centuries, the marble and terracotta sculptures are also outstanding, as are the applied arts objects, manuscripts, incunabula, maps, musical manuscripts, and archaeological collections, which result from excavations that, since the 19th century, have brought to light the Roman city of Mutina.


The Galleria Estense

Modena

The Galleria Estense opened to the public in 1854 by Francesco V d’Austria-Este and since 1894 is located on the fourth floor of the Palazzo dei Musei where it occupies four large halls and sixteen rooms. The museum is dedicated to the exceptional and eclectic art collections accumulated by the Dukes of Este from the days of their glorious Signoria Ferrarese and it comprises Italian paintings from...

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Getting here

Palazzo dei Musei
Exhibition hall, ground floor | The Galleria Estense, fourth floor

Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 337
41121 Modena (MO)
Italia

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Opening days and times

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

Opening days From Tuesday to Sunday
Opening hours from Tuesday to Saturday 8.30 - 19.30
Opening hours Sunday and holidays 10.00 - 18.00
Closure 1 January, 25 December

View and book the guided tours

Tickets

From 28 February 2019 tickets will allow access to the Gallery and the exhibition: Angelo Fortunato Formiggini. Ridere, Leggere e Scrivere nell'Italia del Novecento

Regular 6 €
FAI Reduced 5 €
Reduced coop partner 4 €
Reduced Teatro Comunale di Modena 3 €
Reduced young 2 €

Free entry on: 

Sunday 3 March
from 5 to 10 March
Thursday 25 April
Friday 17 May
Saturday 18 May
Sunday 19 May
Sunday 2 June
Friday, September 13th
Saturday, September 14th
Sunday 15 September



Services

Lift

Bookshop

Audioguide

Museo Lapidario Estense

Modena

The Estense lapidary was the first public museum established in Modena. Duke Francesco IV d’Austria-Este founded the ‘Museo Lapidario Modenese’ March 31st 1828. It was modelled on illustrious examples such as the Museo Lapidario Maffeiano in Verona (1738) and the Galleria Lapidaria in the Vatican Museo Chiaramonti (1800-1823), yet with a special civic function aimed at glorifying the city’s distin...

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Getting here

Palazzo dei Musei
ground floor

Largo Porta Sant'Agostino, 337
41121 Modena (MO)
Italia

How to get to Museo Lapidario Estense

Opening days and times

Si comunica che quest’Istituto s’impegna ad offrire al pubblico un orario di visita quanto più esteso possibile, nel rispetto dei criteri per l’apertura al pubblico, la vigilanza e la sicurezza dei musei e dei luoghi della cultura statali previsti dal D.M. del 30 giugno 2016, in attesa che vengano espletate le previste procedure concorsuali finalizzate al superamento delle attuali carenze organiche e al conseguente incremento del personale in servizio.

From Monday to Friday 8.00 - 19.30
Saturday 8.30 - 19.30
Sunday 10.00 - 19.30

Services

Lift

Bookshop

Audioguide