Ceramic vases in a museum in Liguria

Museums and galleries in Liguria

Art, archaeology, culture - Liguria’s museums and galleries host a variety of exhibitions

As an art lover you shouldn't miss interesting galleries and exhibitions, as well as the religious museums which have fine antiquities and paintings

Interested in art or archeology?

For those who love art, Genoa offers the best historical and religious collections - particularly within the walls of the Rosso Palace (Italian: “Palazzo Rosso”), the White Palace (Italian: “Palazzo Bianco”), and the national gallery at Spinola Palace (Italian: “Palazzo Spinola”). For those with an interest in archaeology there are the caves of the Red Rocks (Italian: “Balzi Rossi”) in the west and the caves of Toirano in the east; the archeological museum in Pegli, in the city of Genoa; and the Archaeological Museum of Finale Ligure - a town in the province of Savona. 

There is a lot to discover in Liguria!

Who wants to get to know the region better should visit one of the museums Ethnography, for example in Cervo or Triora (Imperia province).

To learn about Ligurian culture and the region’s history, the ethnographic museums in the towns of Cervo and Triora - and, of course, the Olive Tree Museum (Italian: “Museo dell’ Olivo”) in the city of Imperia - are the places to go.

Museums in Genova > Genova (City)

    Acquario di Genova
  • Address:    Ponte Spinola, Area Porto Antico
  • Telephone number   010/23451
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Acquario di Genova
  • Description
    • In the aquarium of Genoa you can gaze into the underwater world. The aquarium is for everyone and an ideal family trip; it has 71 tanks and 800 species. A special highlight is the touch-pool where you can pet the rays.

  • In the aquarium of Genoa you can gaze into the underwater world. The aquarium is for everyone and an ideal family trip; it has 71 tanks and 800 species. A special highlight is the touch-pool where you can pet the rays.
    Archivio Storico della Pubblicità
  • Address:    Historisches Archiv für Werbung
  • Telephone number   +39 10.275.8934
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Archivio Storico della Pubblicità
  • Description
    • The rooms of the Palazzo del Principe offer space for this museum. Here you will find the first collection in Italy that is devoted to the production of advertising art, comprised of about 150 works. The original archive was procured by Barabino & Graeve, and was later expanded through purchases and gifts of original material. The archive documents the Italian as well as European production markets from about the end of the 19th century until the 1970s. The tour of the museum is designed to bring a closer understanding of the development of advertising.

  • The rooms of the Palazzo del Principe offer space for this museum. Here you will find the first collection in Italy that is devoted to the production of advertising art, comprised of about 150 works. The original archive was procured by Barabino & Graeve, and was later expanded through purchases and gifts of original material. The archive documents the Italian as well as European production markets from about the end of the 19th century until the 1970s. The tour of the museum is designed to bring a closer understanding of the development of advertising.
    Castello d'Albertis - Museo delle Culture del Mond
  • Address:    Corso Dogali 18
  • E-mail:    castellodalbertis@comune.genova.it; castellodalbe
  • Telephone number   010 2723820 - 010 2723464
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Castello d'Albertis - Museo delle Culture del Mond
  • Description
    • In the earlier residence of captain D'Albertis (1846-1932) you will find the Museum of World Cultures. It contains many differents things which the captain himself has collected and brought back from his journeys through Africa, America and Oceania.

  • In the earlier residence of captain D'Albertis (1846-1932) you will find the Museum of World Cultures. It contains many differents things which the captain himself has collected and brought back from his journeys through Africa, America and Oceania.

Museums in Genova > Rapallo

    Civico Museo del Pizzo - Villa Tigullio
  • Address:    Via G. Maggio
  • Telephone number   +39 185.273.925
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Civico Museo del Pizzo - Villa Tigullio
  • Description
    • In the estate of 'Mario Zenaro' the commune of Rapallo has turned the vast rooms of this 17th century villa into an interesting collection of lace artifacts. This museum offers an overview of the activities of lace making in Rapallo. The museum allows the visitor to follow the history of lace making throughout this region. The municipality recently acquired five more rooms to showcase Haute-Couture dresses and a valuable communion furnishing. There is also a new multimedia system which gives information about the collections in the museum.

  • In the estate of 'Mario Zenaro' the commune of Rapallo has turned the vast rooms of this 17th century villa into an interesting collection of lace artifacts. This museum offers an overview of the activities of lace making in Rapallo. The museum allows the visitor to follow the history of lace making throughout this region. The municipality recently acquired five more rooms to showcase Haute-Couture dresses and a valuable communion furnishing. There is also a new multimedia system which gives information about the collections in the museum.

Museums in Savona > Savona (City)

    Civico Museo Storico Archeologico
  • Address:    Fortezza Priamar, Corso Mazzini 1
  • Telephone number   019/822708
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Civico Museo Storico Archeologico
  • Description
    • Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 9.30-12.30, 3.00-5.00; Sat: 10.00-12.00, 3.00-5.00; Sun: 3.00-5.00

  • Opening hours: Tues-Fri: 9.30-12.30, 3.00-5.00; Sat: 10.00-12.00, 3.00-5.00; Sun: 3.00-5.00

Museums in Genova > Val Graveglia

    Ecomusei - Ökomuseum
  • Address:    Strada Provinciale 17
  • Telephone number   +39 185.971.091
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Ecomusei - Ökomuseum
  • Description
    • The slate street combines towns, quarries and museum pieces. It allows the visitor, with the help of a guided tour, to gain insight not only into the world of slate, but also the cultural importance of the area surrounding the slate street. Starting from the church, which required large amounts of slate, to the arts and crafts such as 'Damasco', to the archealogical by products. Not far away in Val Graveglia, you watch the mining of manganese. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional methods of mining and transporting slate and manganese.

  • The slate street combines towns, quarries and museum pieces. It allows the visitor, with the help of a guided tour, to gain insight not only into the world of slate, but also the cultural importance of the area surrounding the slate street. Starting from the church, which required large amounts of slate, to the arts and crafts such as 'Damasco', to the archealogical by products. Not far away in Val Graveglia, you watch the mining of manganese. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional methods of mining and transporting slate and manganese.

Museums in Genova > Genova (City)

    Galleria di Palazzo Reale
  • Address:    Via Balbi 10
  • Telephone number   0039-01027101
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Galleria di Palazzo Reale
  • Description
    • Paintings of van Dyck and other artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Paintings of van Dyck and other artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.
    Galleria di Palazzo Rosso/Bianco
  • Address:    Via Garibaldi 18 und 11
  • Telephone number   0039-0105574741
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Galleria di Palazzo Rosso/Bianco
  • Description
    • Famous Genuesian paintings of the 16th until 18th centuries

  • Famous Genuesian paintings of the 16th until 18th centuries
    Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola
  • Address:    Vico della Tartaruga
  • E-mail:     galspinola@libero.it
  • Telephone number   102705300
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Galleria Nazionale di Palazzo Spinola
  • Description
    • Since 1959 the National Gallery has been situated in the Palazzo Spinola (1593), which was a villa belonging to noble families in the past. Today you can still see furniture and decorative arts from the Renaissance as well as a collection of paintings from Italian, Genoese and European artists like Strozzi, Cambiaso and Parodi.

  • Since 1959 the National Gallery has been situated in the Palazzo Spinola (1593), which was a villa belonging to noble families in the past. Today you can still see furniture and decorative arts from the Renaissance as well as a collection of paintings from Italian, Genoese and European artists like Strozzi, Cambiaso and Parodi.

Museums in Genova > Nervi

    GAM- Gallerie Modern Art
  • Address:    Via Capolungo 3
  • E-mail:    gam@comune.genova.it
  • Telephone number   010 3726025 - 010 5574739
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • GAM- Gallerie Modern Art
  • Description
    • Opening times: Tues to Sun: 10.00 until 7.00. Closed on Mondays. Prices: adults: € 6,00, reduced to € 5,00. Total museum card of Nervi (GAM-R. Frugone-M.Luxoro): 7,00 €

  • Opening times: Tues to Sun: 10.00 until 7.00. Closed on Mondays. Prices: adults: € 6,00, reduced to € 5,00. Total museum card of Nervi (GAM-R. Frugone-M.Luxoro): 7,00 €

Museums in La Spezia > Levanto

    Mostra Permanente della Cultura Materiale
  • Address:    Via Don E. Toso, 19
  • Telephone number   +39 187.817.776
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Mostra Permanente della Cultura Materiale
  • Description
    • The exhibition is located in an oratorio, in a side building of the church S. Andrea. Its objective is to document everything which has something to do with the local rural culture, the crafts and sea faring. It also has an impressive exhibition of the ligurian dialect. The whole collection is computer catalogued

  • The exhibition is located in an oratorio, in a side building of the church S. Andrea. Its objective is to document everything which has something to do with the local rural culture, the crafts and sea faring. It also has an impressive exhibition of the ligurian dialect. The whole collection is computer catalogued

Museums in Genova > Cicagna

    Museo - Biblioteca dell’Attore del Teatro
  • Address:    Piazza IV Novembre, 3
  • Telephone number   +39 10.586.681
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Museo - Biblioteca dell’Attore del Teatro
  • Description
    • The collection is made up of an extensive bibliographic and archival division, as well as collections of costumes, scene sketches and a vast array of other material from different shows. One of these is a puppet theatre from the 18th century, complete with stage and background.

  • The collection is made up of an extensive bibliographic and archival division, as well as collections of costumes, scene sketches and a vast array of other material from different shows. One of these is a puppet theatre from the 18th century, complete with stage and background.

Museums in Savona > Finale Ligure

    Museo Archeoligico del Finale
  • Address:    Via Nicotera, 36
  • Telephone number   19690020
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Museo Archeoligico del Finale
  • Description
    • Opening hours: July-Aug, Tues-Sun: 10.00-12.00, 4.00-7.00; Sept-June, Tues-Sun: 9.00-12.00, 2.30-5.00

  • Opening hours: July-Aug, Tues-Sun: 10.00-12.00, 4.00-7.00; Sept-June, Tues-Sun: 9.00-12.00, 2.30-5.00

Museums in La Spezia > La Spezia

    Museo Civico Amedeo Lia
  • Address:    Via del Prione
  • E-mail:    conservat.museolia@comune.sp.it
  • Telephone number   +39 187.731.100
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Museo Civico Amedeo Lia
  • Description
    • This is the youngest and possibly most famous Ligurian museum, and quite possibly the most elaborate and splendid in the country. The nick name “the little Louvre” has stuck, and Frederico Zeri has claimed it to be one the most important private collections in Europe. It contains impressive collections of antique, medieval and modern art, and was opened in November 1996 in a ex church and convent of the Pauline monks of the 17th century. Amedeo Lia collected painting for almost 50 years before giving it to the municipality of La Spezia himself. The collection is comprised of paintings from the 13th to the 18th century, ivory and silver objects from the middle ages and Renaissance, and objects made from ceramic, glass and crystal from different periods, as well as other interesting written material.

  • This is the youngest and possibly most famous Ligurian museum, and quite possibly the most elaborate and splendid in the country. The nick name “the little Louvre” has stuck, and Frederico Zeri has claimed it to be one the most important private collections in Europe. It contains impressive collections of antique, medieval and modern art, and was opened in November 1996 in a ex church and convent of the Pauline monks of the 17th century. Amedeo Lia collected painting for almost 50 years before giving it to the municipality of La Spezia himself. The collection is comprised of paintings from the 13th to the 18th century, ivory and silver objects from the middle ages and Renaissance, and objects made from ceramic, glass and crystal from different periods, as well as other interesting written material.

Museums in Genova > Nervi

    Museo del Raccolte Frugone
  • Address:    Via Capolungo
  • E-mail:    raccoltefrugone@comune.genova.it
  • Telephone number   010-322396
  • Language:
    • English
    • Italian
  • English Name
    • Museo del Raccolte Frugone
  • Description
    • In the Villa Grimaldi Fassio there are two collections of Italian and international art works of the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • In the Villa Grimaldi Fassio there are two collections of Italian and international art works of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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