Gonzaga Museum

The Gonzaga Museum is hosted inside some rooms of the residence of the XV century, which is on the elevated floor of the Fortress.

Indirizzo e contatti

Piazzale Marconi, 1 - 42017 Novellara
+39 0522.655426 / 655453 - Municipality
e.ghidini@comune.novellara.re.it
Gonzaga Museum

Opening times

Sunday: 10.00 a.m. - 12.30 and 3.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Closed in August

Entrance fees

Free entrance

SUNDAY GUIDED TOURS (by Pro Loco)
Groups: min. 4 persons
Prices: adult € 4.00, riduced €3.00 (over 65), free for children up to 12
Reservation is recommended

SUNDAY GUIDED TOURS (with own guide)
Groups: max 50 persons
Free entrance
Reservation is recommended

WEEKDAYS GUIDED TOURS (by Museum guides)
Groups: minimum 10 people
Prices: adult € 4.00, riduced €3.00 (over 65), free for children up to 12
Reservation requested

WEEKDAYS GUIDED TOURS (with own guide)
Groups: minimum 10 people
Prices: adult € 2.00, free for children up to 12
Reservation requested

WEEKDAYS GUIDED TOUR FOR SCHOOL (by Museum guides)
Free entrance
Reservation requested

How to get there

See indications to reach Novellara

Historical notes

The Museum is located on the noble floor of Novellara’s fortress. Its displays take up 13 rooms, including five dedicated to Lelio Orsi, who worked as an artist for the House of Gonzaga for 40 years. These five rooms now host Orsi’s cycle of frescos from the central hall of the Casino di Sopra, which the painter decorated on the basis of Count Camillo the First’s instructions, presumably in 1558. The fortress still displays the Verona marble fireplaces designed by Orsi himself as well as some of the original vaulted ceilings, furniture, pottery, local coins, and pharmacy vases, which along with albarello jars, bottles, and jugs from the XV to the XVIII century, make up a collection of about 170 items. The first room displays three fragments of frescos dating back to 1280, and originally located in a long-destroyed local church. The portrait gallery features illustrious members of the Gonzaga dynasty: from Camillo the First to Filippo Alfonso, Grandee of Spain; from Vittoria di Capua to Matilde d'Este.

Quality Museum - acknowledgement given by Regione Emilia Romagna - Institute of Culture "IBC"