The instinct to collect things of beauty & art goes deep into history. Museums not only display but also save these art and cultural things for the coming generations. There are plenty of things to do in Verona and with Verona being an ancient city and it’s an ideal spot to visit for anyone who is concerned about art, culture and history. These museums provide a very antique collection of art and cultural treasures from Italy. Mostly Verona’s museums are located close to many other tourist attractions in the city that I covered in my recent post on the Italian city.
If you’re on traveling purpose to explore art, culture and history in Verona then look no further, and here is the list of most known and famous museums in Verona having the best art.
7 Best Museums in Verona
Below are the very best of Verona museums you need to add to your list of places to visit.
○ Roman Theatre Archeological Museum
○ Museum of Castelvecchio
○ Museum of Frescoes
○ Maffeiano Lapidary Museum
○ Palazzo Della Ragione / Galleria D’Arte Moderna
○ Museum of Natural History
○ Museo Della Radio
1 Roman Theatre Archeological Museum
The Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theatre was opened in 1924 in the former monastery of Gesuati, which was built in the late 14th century behind the theatre. The Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theatre, in one of the most appealing and archaeologically ideal locations in Verona, is a perfect symbol of a city museum. Located on the other side of the Adige River from the main part of town, Teatro Romano is well worth heading out of the main part of town for.
What to see at Theatre Archeological Museum?
This is much more than just a Roman theatre – there is a great museum showcasing some excellent artifacts and you are afforded some wonderful views over the city from the top of the site. Drop in to the church on the site while you are here. It’s in the process of being restored but lovely none-the-less. About 600 works of art are displayed in the museum and some 150 more can be seen displayed within the external cloister and the Theatre area whereas some thousand pieces are preserved in store-rooms.
How to Get Roman Theatre Archeological Museum
The Roman Theater and Archaeological Museum are located just across the Adige River from the historic center of Verona. These sights are easily approachable on foot or via public transportation by crossing the Ponte Pietra Bridge. Located: Rigaste Redentore 2, 37129, Verona, Italy
2 Museum of Castelvecchio
Castelvecchio is a castle in Verona, northern Italy. It is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the middle Ages. Castelvecchio was built in the 1350s by Cangrande II and it gets little damaged by Napoleon and during WWII bombings. After that the museum was completely renovated and recondition by known Italian architect Carlo Scarpa.
This is a large size museum with a nicely display of early renaissance art. The fortress was made to protect the family from rivals and to give them enough time to escape. The Castelvecchio Museum is appealing to both medieval art and contemporary architect enthusiasts. The palace was used to stored military arms and munitions in the 1400s. The artifacts are perfectly placed and labeled on each floor so you don’t see them as a clutter of mix items.
What to see at Castelvecchio Museum?
The collections of the Castelvecchio Museum include paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics, and antique weaponry from the Middle age to the 18th century. Museum outside is like a fairytale: colors, silence of water or noise of the waves. Sculptures from the 12th to the 15th century are presented on Ground Floor. A lot of sensational paintings by Pisanello, Jacopo and Giovanni Bellini, Pieter Paul Rubens, Vittore Carpaccio, Andrea Mantegna and many others famous artist are displayed on 1st and 2nd floor. The museum also features an interesting collection of weapons. This stop not to be missed for fan of Italian art. The museum also features a compelling collection of weapons. There are almost 500 Sculptures and bronzes, nearly 2500 paintings and 300 pieces of weapons.
How to Get Castelvecchio Museum
Verona, one of the main city in Italy’s northern region of Veneto, is well connected by train to Milan, Florence, and Venice. The Castelvecchio Museum, located in the city’s historic center, you can reach by s walk from the main train station. Location Address: Corso Castelvecchio 2, 37121, Verona, Italy
3 Museum of Frescoes
The convent complex of San Francesco al Corso dates to the 13th century. In 1935, Antonio Avena, director of the Civic Museums, opened to the public the so-called “Tomb of Juliet“. This site, according to myth, is where the sarcophagus holding the bodies of Romeo and Juliet was saved, and it generally became a tourist attraction. The museum mainly houses numerous frescoes from the Middle Ages and modern times which have been separated from the walls of palaces and churches around the city between the 19th and 20th century; in the garden there is a lapidary with a collection of inscriptions and sculptures of Verona’s origin between the 10th and the 18th century.
During the excavations in the Adige River area the underground level contains a collection of Roman amphorae from the first century B.C. Antique and latest lapidary material (both architectural and sculptural) is stored in the courtyard, pending the insertion of a lapidary exhibition. The wall paintings of ancient Thera are famous frescoes find by Spyridon Marinatos on the digging of Akrotiri.
What to see at Frescoes?
You will find the fascinating Serbian medieval visual art under the roof of one small museum. In their technique and style the paintings are vital piece of study and grab the attention of archaeologists, artist historians, zoologists, botanists, and chemists. Location Address: Via del Pontiere, 35, 37122, Verona, Italy
4 Maffeiano Lapidary Museum
The Lapidario Maffeiano is one of the ancient public museums in Europe established in 1738. It carried a huge collection of stone carvings and inscriptions, mostly Greek, Etruscan, and Roman. This museum presents the 30 years’ hard work of Maffei as he gathered hundreds of inscriptions by himself. Some of their tombstones still in the same position and shows real paints.
What to see at Lapidario Maffeiano Museum?
This museum is mostly visited by specialist, archaeologist, students and art scholars. Plenty of inscriptions, reliefs, and sculptures are placed at the entrance and two main rooms.it has two floors and a courtyard. The experience of walking in the courtyard under the sky, where lot of writings are arranged is amazing. On the second floor there is a display of roman sculpture. In early ages the Maffeiano was the most visited Museum of Verona for the foreign travelers
How to Get There Lapidario Maffeiano Museum
Lapidario Maffeiano is situated between the walls of Piazza Bra and Castelvecchio. This museum is very easily accessible. You can reach there by bus, Taxi or by foot as it’s close to largest piazza in Verona. The closest stations to Piazza Bra are: Largo Div. Pasubio and Palazzo Pirelli. Outside of the station there are plenty of busses. You can take line 11, 12. There should be a bus every 5 minutes or so. Location Address: Piazza Bra’ 28, 37121, Verona, Italy
5 Palazzo Della Ragione / Galleria D’Arte Moderna
Galleria D’arte Moderna is a public art gallery representing modern art having a large collection of paintings and sculptures. This museum is in the same building as the Torri dei Lamberti tower. You will get the combined ticker of tower and museum in an approximate €5. I’ll suggest you to visit this place if you have at least 2 to 3 hours because this is something which really needs time to examine the dark Italian art
What to see at Palazzo Della Ragione / Galleria D’Arte Moderna
The great work of Italian artists during the era of 1840 to 1940 has been displayed here. The huge collection of sculptures and paintings of famous artist like Giorgio Morandi and Umberto Boccioni are the great attraction for the lovers of modern art. This gallery also displayed old photographs of Verona along with paintings. Different programs for families and young one are available. Every year a variety of decorative and historical art has been displayed on exhibitions.
How to Get There?
The gallery is in the Palazzo della Ragione in Verona’s city center, at the corner of the old market. You can get access of this location by foot from many other places in the center, and also local buses as well as hop-on-hop-off tour buses made different spot in the city center too. Location Address: Vicolo Volto Due Mori, 4 | Palazzo della Ragione, Verona.
6 Museum of Natural History
The Civic Museum of Natural History is located in the reputable palazzo Pompei. This is one of most important buildings in Verona from historical prospective. The Natural History Museum of opened in 1853. It plays a vital role in scientific research and in the publication of essays. This is a perfect place to take kids. This ticket cost includes 4.5 euros and I am sure it will value your money. You will find this museum interesting for all ages. The scientific material mostly gathered by Museum researchers and by many biologists in five centuries.
What to see at the Museum of Natural History?
You will find here different scientific sections devoted to the study of minerals and rocks, zoology, and botany. One of main room is the assigned to the fossils of Bolca which includes specimens of more than 250 species of animals and 200 species of vegetal. This museum consists of 16 exhibition rooms, library, storage rooms and its offices. The area of Veronese mountains is well known all over the world due to its beauty.
How to Get There?
Palazzo Pompei is one of the most important building built in Renaissance style.To reach to this museum you can use different bus line options near Palazzo Pompei are: 11, 70, 72, 73. The closest stations to Palazzo Pompei are Vr P.Vittoria & Porta Vittoria which you can use to reach there. Location Address: 9 Lungadige Porta Vittoria Verona, Veneto 37129
7 Museo Della Radio
This place is surely not of everyone taste but if you have interest in history of communication, telegraphy and television production you must visit this museum. This is small museum located in the basement of ITT Galileo Ferraris. The museum is devoted to Guglielmo Marconi, an inventor of radios having huge collection of radios.
What to see at Museo Della Radio?
In the basement you can see the collection of radios, TVs and opera. The collection is mostly European makes and models like table top, floor model and bakelite radios, oddly shaped transistor radios, tubes, horns, crystal sets, phonograph you will rarely see.
How to Get There?
It’s located in the basement of ITT Galileo Ferraris, just cross the street from Tomba di Giulietta. The closest stations to Istituto Tecnico Galileo Ferraris are Tribunale and Via Del Fante and you can use bus stop nears ITT Galileo Ferraris are 102, 72, 90, 98. You can use these station by reaching at main and by 4 to 5 minutes’ walk you will be at Museo Della Radio. Location Address: Via del Pontiere, 40, 37122 Verona VR, Italy.
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