Palermo Museums and Art Galleries (Self Guided), Palermo

The Museums and the Art Galleries of Palermo are brilliant venues that adequately conserve the rich and beautiful history of this fine city. Wander through the streets of Palermo, venture into these museums and art galleries, and discover the cultural heritage of the city.
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Guide Name: Palermo Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: Italy » Palermo (See other walking tours in Palermo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Author: Lilly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museo Internazionale delle Marionette
  • Galleria Regionale della Sicilia
  • Museo delle Maioliche Stanze al Genio (Museum of Tiles)
  • Galleria d'Arte Moderna Sant'Anna
  • Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas
  • Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia
  • Museo Diocesano
  • Museo Geologico Gemmellaro
Museo Internazionale delle Marionette

1) Museo Internazionale delle Marionette (must see)

Museo Internazionale delle Marionette is an astonishing eight hundred square meter (two floors) museum which specializes in the collection of puppets as well as marionettes from around the world. The well stocked video library allows children to reveal the theatrical performances of different cultures and traditions. Guided tours also available.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday:10 am - 6 pm; Monday, Sunday: 10 am- 2 pm.
Galleria Regionale della Sicilia

2) Galleria Regionale della Sicilia (must see)

The regional gallery is home to numerous fines works, many of which were acquired when several religious orders were suppressed in 1866. The art was previously housed in the Pinacoteca della Regia Università and Museo Nazionale of Palermo. The ground floor includes 12th century wooden works, 14th and 15th century works from Antonello Gagini, as well as painted majolicas from the 14th-17th centuries.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 9 am – 1:30 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo delle Maioliche Stanze al Genio (Museum of Tiles)

3) Museo delle Maioliche Stanze al Genio (Museum of Tiles)

Located inside Palazzo Torre-Piraino, the Stanze al Genio museum house contains the world's most extensive collection of Sicilian and Neapolitan majolica tiles, built between the 15th and 20th centuries for the nobility, the rich bourgeoisie, and religious communities.

Each of the eight rooms has both antique and contemporary furnishings as well as old toys, tin boxes, vintage stationery, and various other vintage items. The majolica exhibition is divided by age and by production centers, and the tours (led by the person who is the buyer for the collection) provide plenty of information without being overwhelming.

Visitors are allowed ample time to view and photograph the collection, but since it's a private house advance reservations (either by phone or email) are necessary. Show up at the proper time, ring the buzzer, and after checking your name, they will buzz you in!

The room where you gather after entering the building is also a bit of a gift shop, with refrigerator magnets and paper reproductions of tiles for sale.

Guided Tours (45min):
Tue-Sun: 10am, 3pm (English); 11am, 4pm (Italian)
Galleria d'Arte Moderna Sant'Anna

4) Galleria d'Arte Moderna Sant'Anna (must see)

Galleria d'Arte Moderna Sant'Anna, or the GAM, is located in Kalsa, the historic district of Palermo. The museum complex consists of two buildings from different historical eras - the former convent of the Franciscan church of Saint Anne and the adjacent Palazzo Bonet. The gallery displays works by prominent artists such as Giovanni Boldini, Massimo Campigli, and Carlo Carrà.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas

5) Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas (must see)

Editor's note: The museum is temporarily closed for renovation.

Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas (The Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas) is a notable museum in Palermo. The museum was co-founded by Antonio Salinas, a famous archaeologist and numismatist from the city. Its main departments include different prehistorical and historical objects, as well as various collections of ancient Greek and Punic art.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am –6 pm; Sunday: 9 am- 1:30 pm.
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia

6) Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia permanent collection includes work from contemporary artists such as Andrea Di Marco, Alessandro Bazan, and Giovanni Anselmo. The mission of the gallery is to present the greatest art from southern Italy.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Wednesday, Sunday: 10 am - 7:30 pm; Thursday - Saturday: 10 am - 11:30 am.
Museo Diocesano

7) Museo Diocesano (must see)

Museo Diocesano was founded in 1927 by Cardinal Alessandro Lualdi. The goal was to prevent the destruction of cultural art in the church. The museum was under several different titles until it was destroyed and restored again on December 22nd, 2003.
Museo Geologico Gemmellaro

8) Museo Geologico Gemmellaro

Among the exhibits of Museo Geologico Gemmellaro are even the remnants of species that lived on Earth 240 millions years ago. The museum was established in 1838 under the name "The Cabinet of Natural history". Later, in 1860, the venue officially became known as Museo Geologico Gemmellaro; nowadays it holds over 600,000 artifacts.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 1 pm/3 pm- 5 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm.

Walking Tours in Palermo, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

Create Your Own Walk in Palermo

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Historical Religious Buildings (Part 1)

Historical Religious Buildings (Part 1)

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
The Palaces of Palermo

The Palaces of Palermo

The palaces of Palermo were and still are a fine manifestation of the historical life of the Palermo region. Amazingly, some of these great palaces still stand while have struggled to retain their original form from centuries earlier. The story of each palace is a terrific visual behind Palermo's rich cultural heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Palermo Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 Km or 3.2 Miles
Historical Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Historical Religious Buildings (Part 2)

Religion is central to the culture of Italy. Thus, the city of Palermo features a wide variety of religious institutions including churches, cathedrals, and temples. Journey down the part two of Palermo's religious buildings tour and enjoy the sights.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles