ciondolo Vbattesimale di Vincenzo IThe Francesco Gonzaga Museum was founded in 1983 as the diocesan museum of Mantua. Entitled to Francesco Gonzaga (1546-1620), who was also a bishop of Mantua, the museum was originally meant to host treasures from several churches around the diocese, which had not the possibility to preserve them.
Yet, since 2008, its organization has been strongly renovated and rearranged. Though it is still juridically a diocesan museum, the Francesco Gonzaga Museum is today the most important art museum in Mantua, constantly increasing its collections. Additionally, it hosts what still remains in town that had belonged to the ruling branch of the Gonzaga family.
The Francesco Gonzaga Museum offers a rich and diverse range of precious collections. The visit itinerary starts with a series of ancient sculptures, testifying to the presence in Mantua of Romans, Langobards and Franks, and to the arrival of different art styles, such as Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance.
Then a majestic picture gallery shows the connections between Mantua and the major schools of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, such as Mantegna’s, Correggio’s, Giulio Romano’s, Fetti’s or Baglione’s, and the local XVIII century glory Giuseppe Bazzani. Not to say about the substantial XX century painting series.
It is then the turn of the golden religious ornaments ordered by the Gonzagas for the Palatine Basilica and Mantua cathedrals, the unique XV century armour collection, the precious Limoges enamels, the Byzantine and Arab ivories, the Renaissance tapestries, the new extraordinary collection of Roman coins, and much more.
Though the Francesco Gonzaga Museum is not has huge as the Ducal Palace or as famous as Palazzo Te, you might not say you have seen the most important art museums in Mantua if you have missed this one.


Opening time.
From Wednesday to Sunday, 9.30 – 12.00; 15.00 – 17.30.
Monday and Tuesday open only for groups, mandatory reservation.
Close on Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Standard: € 6,00.
Reduced: € 4,00 – groups of at least 15 people.
Free entrance: children under 11.

It is possible to book a guided tour to the museum with an English speaking licensed guide.


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