Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome

All about La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome

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La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna is a spectacular collection of modern art in Rome. It came into existence in 1883, just after the creation of the Italian state. It was originally housed in the Palace of Exhibitions. The exhibitions focus on art from the 19th century onwards.

The Short history of Galleria Nazionale D’Arte Moderna Rome

The National Gallery of Modern Art Rome is housed in the Palazzo delle Belle Arti, which is in close proximity to the Villa Borghese, as well as the Ertruscan Museum.

The Villa was built in 1911. It’s debut was the International Exhibition of Rome, which was celebrating 50 years of the Italian state. The idea to have a national contemporary gallery was part of a plan to create a national Italian identity.

Bazzani designed the building to replicate a Greek Temple, in a neoclassical style.

Galleria Nazionale D’arte Moderna Rome floor plan

The building spreads over 3 levels centred around the beautiful “Room of Ceremonies” into which floods natural light from the ceiling. The ground floor has 18 exhibition spaces. The middle floor has a further 25 rooms and 2 fountains whilst the upper levels contain just 8 smaller rooms.

Check out the entire floor plan with this detailed map here.

Most famous Museum of Modern Art Rome artworks

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The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna artworks collection boasts many famous pieces. There are in total over 5000 works of art and sculptures on display. There are also said to be 13,000 drawings.

Amongst the 19th century artists featured are:

The Hercules and Lica sculpture by Antonio Canova: is here, as is the Cleopatra by Alfonso Balzico.

Galleria Nazionale D’arte Moderna Tickets

Tickets for this massive museum are very reasonably priced. For just €10 adults can get in. EU nationals aged 18-25 pay just €2, whilst under 18s are free.

Get your tickets online for the National Contemporary Art Museum Rome here today.

Plan your visit Museum to the of modern art Rome

La Galleria Nazionale in Rome

Once you have booked your tickets to the museum, it’s time to work out when it is best to go. The National Gallery is a nice place to visit after a couple of days facing the crowds of the Vatican City.

It is generally not crowded to the extreme at any time of day. On top of that, there is a very good and elegant restaurant – so maybe head there in the morning with a view to eating lunch there.

The museum is closed on Mondays, but open for the rest of the week including Sundays. Opening hours are 8.30am to 7.30pm.

Why not couple your visit to the exhibitions here with a visit to the Etruscan Museum (tickets here) or the Villa Borghese (tickets here)?

How to get there?

Take the metro line A to Flaminio, or Bus line 88. Even better, walk there through the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens!


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Here we have gathered the top asked questions about the National Modern Art Gallery Rome for you!

Is the Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna visit free?

No, you will need to get a ticket. But luckily for you the price is pretty reasonable. Pay 10 euros for adult tickets, or just 2 euros if you are aged between 18 and 25, and have proof of EU residence.

What artwork is the most famous at Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna?

There are a number of famous pieces in the museum. Works from the 19th century include those of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Monet amongst others. There are also famous sculptures, as well as the Cleopatra by Alfonso Balzico.

Does the Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna make money?

The entrance fee goes a small way to maintain both the building and the artwork, as well as pay the staff. The Art Newspaper, an online art magazine, reports of “declining government funding”.

It goes on to mention government cutbacks in the 2019 budget, when the government “unexpectedly slashed €1.5m from the €2m annual subsidy provided to MAXXI in Rome, Italy’s pre-eminent state-funded museum of contemporary art; the same sum was also cut from the funds allocated to the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, also in Rome”

What is the Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna famous for?

The art gallery is famous as being the centrepiece for establishing an Italian national identity, as well as for the vast collection of works housed in the collections. The building itself is vast, and there are thousands of pieces of art, sculptures and drawings.

When was the Galleria Nazionale D'arte Moderna was built?

The art gallery was built in 1911, just in time for the Exhibition of Rome.

Our opinion

Museum of Modern Art in Rome entrance

It is nice to see the other side of Rome – the old history is for sure iconic, but modern sculptures, pop art and interesting new fads are also worth seeing.

Oh and one tip from us – don’t get the National Museum of Modern Art Rome confused with the Galleria d’Arte Moderna!

“National Museum of Modern Art Rome” and “Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna” are the same. It is located “Viale delle Belle Arti, 131, 00197 Roma”.

BUT there is another with almost the same name located “Via Francesco Crispi, 24, 00187 Roma”. It is called “Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale”.

In short, you can be confused with the 2 locations if you just say “Galleria d'Arte Moderna”.


One for art lovers who appreciate 19th and 20th century art. You could spend HOURS here exploring the collection. Since it is so reasonably priced, you should take a few hours, then head over to the Villa Giulia and the Etruscan Museum for a completely more ancient experience!

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