Civic Art Gallery of Palazzo Chiericati (English)
Updated to: 20/05/2021
(photo of Luca Girardini)
Civic Museums are open from 27 April 2021, Tuesday to Sunday, in compliance with the anti-Covid-19 regulations.
In 1855, Palazzo Chiericati became the historical location of the City Museum, in which more than 35 thousand works such as paintings, sculptures, design pieces, toys and applied arts dating back to the period between the 13th and the 20th century are collected.
The building was designed in 1550 by Andrea Palladio for Girolamo Chiericati; it was completed at the end of the 17th century and then acquired by the Municipality of Vicenza in 1839 to host the city art collections. The City Museum opened on August 18th, 1855, following refurbishment and extension works performed by the architects Berti and Miglioranza.
Within the Palazzo, it is still possible to admire the prestigious frescoes painted by Brusasorzi, Zelotti, Menarola and Cittadella and dating back to the 16th and 17th century.
In the basement, reopened in October 2012, the original foundations of the “Casette Chiericati” dating back to the 14th and 15th century are still visible; the basement also hosts the ancient servants’ premises such as kitchens and cellars, in which the fireplace, the well, the barrel stair and the “Roggia del Collo” are still intact.
Since the City Museum of Palazzo Chiericati is currently under restoration, some works are not exposed. The exhibition open to the public at the moment includes works from the Middle Age to the Baroque.
A new exhibition itinerary will open through the great hall decorated with the seven civic lunettes designed by Bassano, Maffei and Carpioni; this hall shows the golden age of the city between the 16th and the 17th century, under the dominion of the Serenissima. The tour continues on the first floor, with the works of Paolo Veneziano, Battista da Vicenza, Hans Memling and Bartolomeo Montagna, and ends in the prestigious hall that offers the decorations of the now-destroyed S. Bartolomeo church with a series of important altar paintings, among which there are the works of Montagna, Cima da Conegliano and Giovanni Bonconsiglio.
The piano nobile hosts a collection of the works of the great masters of the Venetian art from the 16th century: Bassano, Tintoretto, Veronese, along with the sculptures of Sansovino, Vittoria and the rock crystal works of Valerio Belli. More artworks by Luca Giordano, Maffei, Della Vecchia and Carpioni (17th century) complete the exhibition.
In the three premises of the attic, located in the northern side of the building, there is an exhibition of the legacy of the Marquis Giuseppe Roi; among these works there are his personal collection of paintings, drawings and engravings from the 15th to the 20th century, arranged in the enchanting setting of the House-Museum.
Likewise in the basement we can see the Collo canal, secondary branch of the Bacchiglione, covered with a barrel vault traceable to the thirteenth century, which delimits to the west the so-called area of the Island, where Palazzo Chiericati stands.
The space hosts temporary exhibitions.
Valid for eight days from the date of purchase
- Full price: 7 euro
- Reduced price: 5 euro
- Schools (valid for two visits with reservation obligation for each visit at 5 euro per class): 2 euro
- First Sunday of the month": free openings for residents in Vicenza and province (collect the ticket to Tourist information office or to Museo Naturalistico Archeologico; proof of residence required)
- Kids up to the age of 17 included, no school groups (upon presentation of a valid ID document)
- ICOM members - International Council of Museums (upon presentation of a valid ID document)
- Tour guides and tour leaders only with group (upon presentation of a valid ID document)
- Italian and foreign journalists (upon presentation of a valid document attesting their membership to the association)
- Military and law enforcement officials (upon presentation of a valid ID document)
- Teachers only if accompanying school groups
- People with disabilities and their accompanying persons
- Twinned cities or cities linked to Vicenza through a friendship agreement (free access to the host class and to the hosted foreign class)
- Accademia Olimpica and its guests: free access to Teatro Olimpico
Individual visitors: (duration 50 minutes, available in Italian, English and German): 5 euro
Can be rented directly at the entrance to Palazzo Chiericati upon deposit of a valid identity document
Content by Professor Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa (organized by numbered room and corresponding to the various stages of the exhibition).
Celebration of civil weddings and civil unions
You can book the Zodiac Room of Museo civico di Palazzo Chiericati for the celebration of civil weddings and civil unions.
Privates, concessions for events and shows
Prices and forms available at: http://www.museicivicivicenza.it/it/other/condizioni.php
Where and when
Palazzo Chiericati City Museum
- Winter timetable: from 1 September to 30 June, from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am 5 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
- Summer timetable: from 1 July to 31 August, from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5:30 pm)
Closing: Monday, 25th december and the 1st of January
Special openings for public holidays 2021: 5 and 25 April, 1 and 31 May, 2 June, 15 August, 8 September, 1 November, 8 and 26 December
Website: Civici Museums
Iat, Tourist reception information
Address: Piazza Matteotti 12
From 27th April 2021 everyday form 9 am to 5.30 pm
Booking is mandatory for groups and schools (Olympic Theater and Palazzo Chiericati City Museum):
- Call center 0444964380 (Operating from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 6 pm (closing days: 25th of December and the 1st of January)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- groups (min 10 max 25 people): 10 euro
- schools: 5 euro a class
Natural Archaeological Museum
Address: Contra' Santa Corona 4
Not available at the moment
Closing days: every Monday and Christmas
Website: Civic Museums Vicenza