Sicily Art Galleries
Although most will agree that art is best appreciated at the Sicily Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale di Sicilia) in Palermo, there are a number of good alternatives dotted around the island.
Located in Ortygia, on the south-eastern side of Sicily, the Regional Museum of Medieval and Modern Art (Museo Regional d'Arte Medioevale e Moderna) is a gallery with a difference, while those passing Cefalu may well like to pay a visit to the Mandralisca Museum (Museo Mandralisca). Back in Palermo, the Modern Art Gallery (Galleria d'Arte Moderna) is packed with exuberant contemporary pieces in all sizes.
Sicily Regional Gallery (Galleria Regionale di Sicilia)
Address: Via Alloro 4, Palermo, Sicily, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 091 623 0011
Situated in a grand building not far from the waterside in Palermo is the Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, the capital's main art museum. It primarily displays medieval works, including Francesco Laurana's Bust of Eleanor of Aragon. The massive 15th-century fresco Triumph of Death is also impressive, while the building itself, the Gothic Palazzo Abbatellis, is worthy of a visit.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday - 09:00 to 13:00, Friday to Monday - 09:00 to 13:00, 14:30 to 19:00
Palermo Modern Art Gallery (Galleria d'Arte Moderna)
Address: Ex Convento di Sant'Anna alla Misericordia, Via Sant'Anna 21, Palermo, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 091 843 1605
The Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Palermo is to be found within a stylish new building. The gallery itself features a number of impressive masterpieces, the best of which include a collection of paintings and sculptures by 20th-century artists, both originating from Sicily and elsewhere in Europe. The Galleria d'Arte Moderna is also home to a series of temporary exhibits, as well as a bookshop and library.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:30 to 18:30
Admission: charge, free to under 18s
Regional Museum of Medieval and Modern Art (Museo Regional d'Arte Medioevale e Moderna)
Address: Via Capodieci 14, Ortygia, Sicily, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 093 169 617
Housed within an especially grand Catalan-Gothic mansion, the Regional Museum of Medieval and Modern Art is home to a very noteworthy collection of both paintings and sculptures, which date as far back as the Middle Ages and right up to the present day. Visitors should expect to find innumerable Byzantine icons and religious paintings, many of which could be considered to be a little on the blood-thirsty side.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 13:30, Sunday - 09:00 to 12:30
Mandralisca Museum (Museo Mandralisca)
Address: Via Mandralisca 13, Cefalu, Sicily, Italy, IT
Tel: +39 092 142 1547
The Museo Mandralisca is situated within the charming fishing village of Cefalu and features a large collection of archaeological and artistic treasures, which include an array of Arabic and Greek ceramics, old paintings, valuable coins and shells. There is also a well-stocked library containing some 6,000 volumes, with a selection of texts from the 16th century.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 19:00
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