Within this Neo-Gothic castle overlooking Genoa and its port, ethnographic, archeological, and marine collections amassed by Captain D'Albertis during his voyages to the Americas, Africa, Oceania, and Asia may be found. The museum complex also houses the ethnographic collection of his cousin, Luigi Maria, who was the first to explore the Fly River in New Guinea. It includes the collections acquired by Catholic Missions to the Americas, consisting of such items as Native American artifacts from the Great Plains; archeological artifacts from pre-Hispanic and Mesoamerican civilizations; utensils and ritual objects from the Amazon Forest; textiles and clay materials from the Central Andes. The museum is currently under restoration.
Modern Art Gallery with works of The Wolfson Collection
Originating from Prince Odone of Savoy's collection and subsequent donations and purchases, the gallery is housed in the seventeenth-century Villa Saluzzo in Nervi, where visitors may admire over 2,500 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and etchings dating back from the early nineteenth century to the present. Among the works by numerous artists on view, are works by Ernesto Rayper, Tammar Luxoro, Alfredo D'Andrade, Rubaldo Merello, Renato Guttuso, and Raimondo Sirotti.
The Museums of Strada Nuova - Gallery of Palazzo Bianco
The Palazzo Bianco houses an important collection of European, Italian, and Genoese paintings from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Alongside priceless Italian masterpieces and paintings (e.g., Caravaggio and Veronese), one may admire works by such Flemish artists as Hans Memling, Gerard David, Jean Provost, Rubens, and Van Dyck; Dutch masters, such as Steen; French artists such as Vouet and Lancret; as well as Spanish masters such as Zurbaràn and Murillo. Worthy of note is a vast collection of Genoese paintings completed between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, including works by Magnasco, Cambiaso, Strozzi, and Piola. An altarpiece from Constantinople completed in 1261 is also particularly noteworthy.
The Museums of Strada Nuova - Gallery of Palazzo Rosso
Located in Genoa's aristocratic street, the palazzo, which has now become a museum, was one of the city's most important and oldest patrician residences. Within a luxurious context boasting frescoes by major Ligurian artists from the seventeenth century and fine décor, the museum currently houses a vast collection of paintings, including paintings collected during the course of over two centuries by the Brignole-Sale family. Visitors may admire works by Veronese, Perin del Vaga, Guercino, Strozzi, Grechetto, Carbone, Van Dyck, Dürer and many more.
Giacomo Doria Civic Museum of Natural History
Founded in 1867, the museum complex is known throughout the global scientific community for its three-and-a-half million specimens from all over the world. Its collections are primarily zoological in nature, but also include botanical, mineralogical, stone, and fossil collections. Its twenty-three large halls boast a rich collection of high scientific worth, especially those specimens from the East Indies and Africa. Of particular note are the ornithological, mammalian, and rich entomological collections. One of the museum's halls is entirely devoted to paleontology The museum also offers several activities, such as exhibits, meetings, conferences, and professional advancement courses for teachers, as well as multimedia videos.
Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art
Situated within the nineteenth-century Villa Croce and surrounded by a public park, the museum boasts a collection of artistic treasures that includes over 3000 abstract Italian and international abstract works of art from 1939-1980; Genoese and Ligurian art from the second half of the twentieth century; Italian graphics from the second half of the twentieth century; and Maria Cemuschi Ghiringhelli's important collection of abstract art, with its over two-hundred works by some of the most important Italian artists. The library and archives are also open to the public.
Edoardo Chiossone Museum of Oriental Art
An extremely rich and valuable collection of Japanese and Oriental art collected in Japan during the Meiji period by Edoardo Chiossone is now housed in the Villetta Di Negro. The museum includes Japanese works from various epochs: paintings from the eleventh to the nineteenth centuries, arms and armors, enamels, ceramics, japans, porcelains, polychrome prints, musical instruments, theater masks, costumes and textiles, as well as bronzes. Also worthy of note is the rich collection of large sculptures from Japan, China, and Siam.
Risorgimento Museum (Casa Mazzini)
The Museum of the Risorgimento (Casa Mazzini)The museum forms part of the Mazzini Institute, which includes an extremely rich archive of documentary material and a specialized history library. It is housed in Giuseppe Mazzini's house of birth, which also includes documents and curios pertaining to Mazzini and the Risorgimento (original manuscripts, objects of interest, weapons, uniforms, and flags). A museum tour spans over 120 years of history, from the Balilla incident to the founding of Giovine Italia and the expedition of the Thousand. It closes with two rooms containing curios and handiworks of various kinds that belonged to famous historical figures, such as Garibaldi, Mameli, Bixio and several others.
Treasure Museum of the San Lorenzo Cathedral
Within the evocative underground environment of the San Lorenzo Cathedral, gold and religious art masterpieces from the eleventh through the nineteenth centuries are on view, along with antique silverware of great artistic value, pertaining to the cathedral's worship and Genoa's history. The museum's most significant works include the Sacro Catino, originally thought to be a reliquary from the Last Supper, but discovered to have been a work of the eleventh century; a Byzantine cross from the thirteenth century, the Croce degli Zaccaria; the Arca delle Ceneri by San Giovanni Battista; and other objects tied to the worship of Saint John the Baptist.
Ligurian Museum of Archeology
The museum houses the largest collection of Ligurian archeological artifacts spanning Liguria's pre- and proto- history: the Paleolithic tombs from Arene Candide; the extremely rich burial artifacts from the pre-Roman necropolis of Genoa; findings from archeological digs in the Ligurian cities of ancient Rome; Prince Odone of Savoy's collection of ancient Greek and Roman artifacts; as well as two rooms devoted to a collection of Egyptian artifacts and Roman marble works.
The museum is housed within the complex of the Convent of Saint Augustine, dating back to the Middle Ages (thirteenth century). It boasts sculptures, detached Italian and Ligurian frescoes, and stone artifacts from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries. The museum also includes works by F.M. Schiaffino, V. Castello, Domenico Piola, Luca Cambiaso, and F. Parodi. The masterpieces on view by Giovanni Pisano, Pierre Puget and Antonio Canova are also particularly noteworthy. Moreover, the museum also houses a Topographic Collection comprising documents from various eras and of historic and documentary import.
Agricultural History and Culture Museum
In a villa located in the heights of the Valpolcevera valley, one may admire agricultural tools, farmhouse furniture, tools of craftsmanship, and photographs illustrating chestnut, grain, vineyard, olive and hemp harvesting cycles. The museum contains a several documents on farmers' way of life and regional folklore: historic Ligurian settlements, farmhouses, family life, traditional trades, and popular religion are presented.
Giannettino Luxoro Museum
This elegant villa in Nervi, built in 1903 in the Genoese seventeenth- and eighteenth- century styles as a residence for the Luxoro family, has been the site of a museum housing the family's collections since 1951. The museum's holdings comprise paintings, furnishings, decorations, ceramics, silverware, mirrors, intagliated frames, antique cloths, a series of valuable objects produced mainly in Liguria during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, an exceptional collection of antique clocks and pendulums, and an important collection of Nativity Scene statuettes from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The rich collection of canvasses and drawings that comprise the collection of paintings, boasts such names as Alessandro Magnasco, Antonio Francesco Peruzzini and Carlo Tavella, along with a praiseworthy series of eighteenth-century portraits by the Genoese School.
Within the Renaissance villa that had belonged to Giovanni Andrea Doria are exhibited Genoese maritime collections dating from the eleventh to the sixteenth centuries. Genoa's maritime history may be retraced through twelve frescoed halls, beginning with the city's origins as a harbor in the High Middle Ages, through the development of its trade with the peoples of the Mediterranean Basin and the rise of colonies in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Visitors may admire submarine archeological artifacts (e.g., bombards, serpentines, and artillery); as well as documents, armors, paintings, drawings, navigation instruments, valuable pilot books, and models of ancient ships. Part of the exhibits is devoted to various types of vessels and to the development of navigation instruments.
Since 1993, the museum, which houses an important nineteenth and twentieth century art collection that belonged to the Frugone brothers, is located within the eighteenth-century Villa Grimaldi Fassio, which was bought by the Commune of Genoa in 1979 and is nestled within Nervi's luxuriant park and splendid rose garden. Both of these exceptional collections include paintings, sculptures, and drawings by Italian and international artists who were active during the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The museum includes works by Bistolfi, Fattori, Fontanesi, Mancini, Messina, Segantini, Signorini, Boldini, Rubino, Milesi, Tito, Michetti, and Sorolla y Bastida.
Galata Sea Museum
The maritime evolution of the port and the city is illustrated in a space larger than 6000 sq.m. In the building, which is the oldest survivor among those that made up the antique Arsenale delle Galee (Arsenal of Galleys), a Genoese galley from the XVII century has been reconstructed that is 40 metres long and 9 metres high at the stern, the result of three years of historical research. The approach is not exclusively scientific, but also multimedial and interactive. For more information also visit the website of Sea and Seafaring Pavilion, from which a part of the new Museum of the Sea collection originates.