A Visit to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (or National Gallery of Modern Art) was founded in 1883 and is entirely dedicated to modern and contemporary art. When I visited, I was one of the only people in the whole building. Lucky me. I know. It was really early in the morning and I was technically working, I was covering a press release.

It was in Italian, though, and after hyper-focusing on the language for an hour (Italians talk a lot), I zoned out. Learning a language is hard.


Temporary Exhibits

The temporary exhibit, E Solo un Inizio 1986 or “It’s Only a Beginning,” lasts from October 03, 2017 until January 14, 2018. Honestly, unless you are a total modern art enthusiast, it is a bit hard to understand. I’ll leave you with my favorite piece from the exhibit below and let you interpret the rest for yourself…

The other temporary exhibit is called Time is out of Joint. It is one of the most advertised of the events at the Galleria Nazionale and rakes in a ton of attention (and money) from the highly publicized hashtag, #timeisoutofjoint.

The gallery itself is actually a work of art because it’s a palace. The Palazzo delle Belle Arti, or Palace of Fine Arts, was designed by Italian architect Cesare Bazzani, and completed in 1915.

The front is so grand that it gives off a big city vibe. Standing in front of it, I almost felt like I was standing in front of some building in New York City or Washington D.C.! Yes, I am aware that the architectural style in the USA copied Rome and Greece but… you get my point.

Thankfully, the museum was very popular, so it was expanded in 1934, then again in 2000. Today it has about 1,100 paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is actually one of the largest collections in Italy!

Being an Italian national gallery, many Italian artists are represented here. The most popular include Boccioni and Canova.

There are also plenty of foreign artists displayed here, including Cezanne, Duchamp, Monet, Rodin, and Van Gogh.

My favorite here (surprisingly not the Van Gogh this time) was one of the 250 paintings of Water Lilies by Monet. And boy, I was determined to find the one. I had to ask three different people where to find it. It’s a big gallery…

Overall, I was beyond impressed with my trip to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. I have been living in Italy for two years and did not know about this place until recently! Sometimes I think Rome has an infinite amount of things for me to see…

That being said, I think because the gallery is less “touristy” than other places in Rome, it was a lot less catered to the average English speaker. For example, their website, press release, and all news about events, are in Italian.



Viale delle Belle Arti, 131
00197 Roma


How to Get There:

From the Metro: Line A – Stop Flaminio (Around 600 meters)
Tram: 3 and 19, Stop: Viale delle Belle Arti
Bus: 61 – 89 – 160 – 490 – 495, M, Stop: Piazzale del Fiocco



Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
Last entrance is 45 minutes before close.



Ticket price: € 10,00


Other notes:

Photos are allowed but no flash.

13 thoughts on “Visiting Rome’s National Gallery of Modern Art”

  1. An enjoyable tour, Cassidy. Pics were excellent. Love surprises like this when you visit/live in large cities.

  2. A lot of beautiful art and the place looks beautiful, would love to visit it one day. You have amazing pictures by the way xp :)).

  3. Will have to put it on my list for the next time I visit Rome. That building is reason enough to visit. Thanks for sharing this hidden gem!

  4. I’ve been to this gallery before and it really is just a stunning place. If you’re an art lover, it’s easy to spend hours wandering around! I find it quite difficult to take nice photos of museums or galleries and I think you did a lovely job! The photos of you looking at the paintings are beautiful! 🙂

  5. I walked by this place a few times when I was in Rome, but never went inside. I’m loving all the art, especially the #timeisoutofjoint exhibit. Whenever I’m back in Rome, I need to stop by this place and really explore it. Thanks for sharing!

  6. That’s definitely somewhere to add to my list. The modern art temporary exhibition looks fascinating; that’s a great reason to look out for cheap flights.

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