Visiting the Aquarium in Genoa is like going on an exciting journey across the immensity of the sea. A unique experience to discover a universe full of life, curious forms and strange creatures. Seals, dolphins, penguins, sharks, fish of all shapes and colours are only a few of the friends you will meet along this journey to discover the marine world. Since the inauguration of the facility on 12 October 1992, 15,000,000 visitors have been able to admire the 10,000 animals housed in the 70 tanks of the aquarium.
Galata Sea Museum
The Galata Sea Museum is the largest sea museum in the Mediterranean area. The Galata building is the oldest surviving building remaining from the shipyard of the Republic of Genoa. This was where the Genoese galleys were built in the 17th century. Today, in continuity with the past, it has become a place where visitors can get to know the centuries-old relationship between mankind and the sea. In an innovative and interesting staging, the faithful reconstructions of a 17th century Genoan galley and of a 19th century brigantine, the thought-provoking Sala Tempesta (Storm Room), the “Italian transatlantic liner” exhibition and over 6000 original objects tell the tale of the fascinating adventure of men at sea. From Christopher Columbus to the transatlantic liner Rex.
After the latest restoration work which lasted 10 years, the palace is now not only a historical building, but also and especially a multi-purpose centre. A centre for cultural ideas and initiatives, it is the true “beating heart” of the city. As from 1992, the year when it was reopened, the Palace has been the venue for many events and a number of particularly important exhibitions the echoes of which have gone beyond the frontiers of Italy. The quality of its historically and artistically prestigious interiors is well suited to a series of exhibition, cultural (library, archives, associations) and conference purposes. In places which in the past housed the Magistracies of the Republic, today there are even commercial operations: bars, restaurants, art galleries, information services and craft workshops linked to the tradition and the culture of the Liguria region.
The Children’s City
Building a house, observing the mysterious world of ants, toy boats that sail along channels of water and rock as they float in the locks: these and other pastimes from times gone by, now impracticable in modern cities, along with an easy and understandable approach to modern technologies - such as, for example, creating a class news programme in an authentic television studio - are normal activities in the Children’s City, the largest play - teaching space for children from 3 to 14 years old in Italy, created on franchise from the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie La Villette in Paris.
National Antarctic Museum
The National Antarctic Museum is managed by the Ministry of Universities and was set up in 1996 to provide information on the Antarctic and on the scientific research that Italy has been conducting there since 1985 as part of the National Antarctic Research Programme. The Museum has three separate sections located in Genoa, Siena and Trieste. The Genoa section -currently the only one not reserved for experts- deals in particular with the biological aspects of this huge icebound continent with faithful and often spectacular reconstructions of the environments in which the birds, fish and mammals of the South Pole live. The life of man in that extreme environment is well documented with scale models of the Italian base: the full organisation of a base camp and a remote camp. There is an excellent educational centre, with a fully-equipped modern bio laboratory, a multimedia room and availability of study notes for more in-depth information.
Castello D’Albertis - Museum of World Cultures
This neo-Gothic castle, which dominates the city of Genoa, houses the ethnographic, archaeological and nautical collections put together by Captain D’Albertis during his travels to America, Africa, Oceania and Asia. The museum complex also houses the ethnographic collection of his cousin Luigi Maria and the collections of the American Catholic Missions (artefacts, archaeological exhibits, utilitarian and ritual objects, clay and textile materials).
Modern Art Gallery
Formed from the nucleus of the collection belonging to Prince Oddone of Savoy and from subsequent bequests and purchases, the Gallery is housed in the 17th century Villa Saluzzo in Nervi and has over 2,500 painting, sculptures, drawings and engravings, dating from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. The numerous artists present include Ernesto Rayper, Tammar Luxoro and Renato Guttuso. The museum will reopen in 2004.
Palazzo Bianco Gallery
It contains an important collection of European, Italian and Genoese paintings from the 16th to 18th centuries: alongside excellent masterpieces and paintings by Italian artists (Caravaggio, Veronese), Flemish masters (Hans Memling, Gerard David, Jean Provost, Rubens, Van Dyck), artists from Holland (Steen), France (Vouet, Lancret) and Spain (Zurbaràn, Murillo), there is a huge collection of paintings by Genoese artists from the 16th to the 17th century (Magnasco, Cambiaso, Strozzi, Piola). A very important exhibit is a Byzantine pallium (1261).
Palazzo Rosso Gallery
A luxurious setting, made up of frescoes by the most important 17th century Ligurian painters and by valuable furnishings houses the collection of paintings put together by the Brignole-Sale family over a span of over two centuries. Artists on show in the gallery of this noble Genoese palace include: Veronese, Guercino, Strozzi, Grechetto, Carbone, Van Dyck, Dürer and many more.
Giacomo Doria Municipal Natural History Museum
The museum, founded in 1867, is well-known in world scientific circles for its three and a half million exhibits from all over the world. Its collections, which have a high scientific value, are above all zoological, but there are also include botanical, mineral, rock and fossil exhibits. The ornithological collection, the mammal collection, the extensive collections of insects and the room devoted to Palaeontology are worth special mention.
Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art
The Villa Croce museum boasts an art collection with over 3,000 Italian and foreign abstract art works from the period 1939-1980; Genoese and Ligurian art from the second half of the 20th century; late 20th century Italian graphic art; and houses the important Maria Cemuschi Ghiringhelli collection of abstract art with over two hundred work by some of the most important Italian artists. There is also a library and archive open to the public.
Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art
A very rich collection of Japanese and oriental art, put together during the Meiji period by Edoardo Chiossone is now on show in the Villetta Di Negro. The museum houses Japanese works of art from various periods: paintings (from the 11th to the 19th centuries), arms and armour, enamels, ceramics, lacquerware, china, polychrome prints, musical instruments, theatre masks, costumes and fabrics, bronzes, and a vast collection of large sculptures from Japan, China and Siam.
Museum of the Risorgimento (Casa Mazzini)
The museum is part of the Mazzini Institute, together with the archive and the historical library. Giuseppe Mazzini's birthplace houses documents and mementoes that either belonged to Mazzini or regard the Risorgimento (autographed documents, arms, uniforms, flags). The exhibits cover over 120 years of history from Balilla to Giovine Italia, the Expedition of the Thousand and ending in two rooms with objects and artefacts that once belonged to famous personages such as Garibaldi, Mameli and Bixio.
Museum of the Treasure of the San Lorenzo Cathedral
Masterpieces of goldsmith's and sacred art from the 11th to 19th centuries, antique silverware of exceptional artistic importance, linked to the Cathedral and the history of Genoa. Some of the most significant items in the museum are the "Sacro Catino"; the Byzantine "Zaccaria Cross"; the Ark of the Ashes of St. John the Baptist and other objects linked to the veneration of St. John.
Ligurian Archaeology Museum
The museum exhibits the largest collection of Ligurian archaeological finds: prehistory and protohistory in Liguria; palaeolithic burials Arene Candide cave, the very rich funerary accoutrements from the pre-Roman necropolis in Genoa; the excavations of the cities of Roman Ligura; Prince Oddone of Savoy's collection of Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities; two rooms dedicated to the Egyptian collection and Roman marble collection.
In the convent of Sant'Agostino dating from medieval times (13th century) is a museum containing sculptures, Italian and Ligurian frescoes removed from walls, stone exhibits from the 10th to 18th centuries. Alongside works by F.M. Schiaffino, V. Castello, Domenico Piola, Luca Cambiaso and F. Parodi, there are also masterpieces by Giovanni Pisano, Pierre Puget and Antonio Canova. There is also an important Topographic Collection, with maps from various epochs that are significant both from the historical and documentary point of view.
Museum of Peasant History and Culture
Farm equipment, furniture from peasant houses, hand-made tools and photographs illustrating cultivation cycles for chestnuts, cereals, vines, olives and hemp can be admired in a villa on the heights of Valpolcevera. The museum provides extensive documentation on the region's peasant culture and folklore (historical Ligurian settlements, peasant houses, family life, traditional trades and folk religiousness).
Giannettino Luxoro Museum
Since 1951, this Museum, housed in an elegant villa in Nervi, in 17-18th Genoese style, has exhibited the collections of Luxoro family: paintings, furniture, furnishings, pottery, silverware, mirrors, carved frames, antique fabrics; a series of precious objects prevalently made in Ligura in the 17th and 18th centuries; a collection of antique clocks and pendulum clocks, a collection of 17th and 18th century nativity scene figurines; a series of 18th century portraits by artists belonging to the Genoese School.
Genoese naval collections dating from the 11th to 16th centuries are on show and set In the Renaissance villa that once belonged to Giovanni Andrea Doria. Exhibits include underwater archaeology finds (bombards and culverins, pieces of artillery); documents, armour, paintings, drawings, navigating instruments, valuable portolans, models of old ships; various types of craft and navigating instruments.
Frugone Collection Museum
This museum has been housed since 1993 in the 18th century Villa Grimaldi Fassio, purchased by the Municipality of Genoa in 1979. The major collections of 19th and 20th century art belonging to the Frugone brothers include paintings, sculptures and drawings by Italian and foreign artists active from the second half of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Artists represented include Bistolfi, Fontanesi, Mancini, Messina, Segantini, Signorini, Boldini, Rubino, Milesi, Tito, Michetti and Sorolla y Bastida.
Palazzo Spinola National Gallery
The National Gallery of Liguria is housed in the charming setting of a 16th century palace where the atmosphere of a 17-18th century residence remains intact: the picture gallery boasts works by major Ligurian, Flemish and European artists, as well as an important pottery collection. The paintings on show include works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Grechetto, Valerio Castello, and many other artists.
Palazzo Reale Museum
The magnificent 17th century palace, patrician home of noble families (Balbi, Durazzo, Savoy), has retained all its furnishings, works of art and everyday objects (17-19th centuries). Its rooms house an extensive picture gallery that includes works by many Italian and foreign artists (Van Dyck, Tintoretto, Strozzi) and those of the Genoese School (Piola, Grechetto, Schiaffino), as well as sculptures by Filippo Parodi. There is also an interesting collection of 17-18th century Genoese furniture.
Palazzo del Principe Museum
In the halls of this prestigious palace, which Andrea Doria had built in the 16th century, there are frescoes, paintings and sculptures by major Ligurian, Italian and foreign artists as well as a valuable series of tapestries. Artists on shown in the museum include Perin del Vaga, Piola, Tavarone, Cambiaso, Tiziano and Castello. In the Italian style garden there is the monumental marble fountain of Neptune, the work of the Carlone brothers.
Emanuele Luzzati Museum
Since 2001, this museum has been housed in the picturesque Porta Siberia venue in the Old Port of Genoa. It exhibits numerous works and stage setting by Emanuele Luzzati (mezzari, tapestries, drawings). The museum is designed in particular for young children and teenagers: in addition to the rooms used for teaching and animation, it has a multimedia area and a library. Exhibitions of stage designs, costumes, sketches, models and mock-ups are held here periodically.
Felice Ippolito National Antarctic Museum
This museum, located in the Porto Antico area of Genoa, was set up to provide information on the Antarctic and on the research conducted there during the Italian expeditions to the Antarctic. A tour of the museum includes films, reconstructions of environments, sample and exhibits from the Antarctic (glaciological, geological, mineralogical and palaeontological collections). Visitors may consult the library as well as the catalogues of the collections and the environmental sample data bank.
The Science Festival continues to attract interest on the Web and very many visitors who will take advantage of weekend to dive into science. An occasion that is once again being confirmed as a privileged window onto the world of scientific information, rarely so easy to obtain.