The Civic Museums of Verona

In Verona there are many places to visit, among these we must certainly list the civic museums, whose collections are different in subject and variety, but which tell in their own way different aspects of the history of Verona. Below is the list of museums and some useful information.

Arena of Verona - Piazza Bra

The Arena of Verona is an imposing Roman amphitheater dating back to the first century A.D. It is the most obvious legacy of the Roman Empire in Verona. In ancient times the building was used as a place for gladiatorial fights and hunts for ferocious and exotic animals. Today the Arena is famous above all for the opera festival held there during the summer, but it can also be visited as a historical monument.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6.30 p.m.).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8062611
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Maffeian Lapidary Museum - Piazza Bra, 28

The museum mainly collects epigraphs from Roman and Greek times; there are funerary cippi, votive slabs, sculptures and bas-reliefs. At the moment the museum, for maintenance reasons, cannot be visited.

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Contacts: tel. 045 8062611
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Archaeological Museum at the Roman Theatre - Regaste Redentore, 2

To access the museum you pass through the Roman theater, whose bleachers are half visible on the side of Colle San Pietro. The museum, on the other hand, is located in an ancient Monastery of the Gesuati order that was built in the fifteenth century on the Roman theater; here are preserved archaeological pieces from Verona and province, some of which were found during the excavation to build the banks on the Adige. In addition, from the panoramic terrace and from the museum rooms you can enjoy a unique view of the city.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8000360
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Museum of Castelvecchio - Corso Castelvecchio, 2

The museum is housed in the fourteenth-century Scaliger castle restored by Carlo Scarpa in 1958, here you can find collections of medieval and Renaissance sculpture and painting, the collection boasts masterpieces by Pisanello, Tintoretto and Veronese but also paintings by masters from beyond the Alps, such as a painting by Rembrandt.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8062640
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Juliet's House - Via Cappello, 23

Juliet's house is a tower-house of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Its current appearance, however, is due to a restoration of 1935 by Antonio Avena, architect and director of the Museums of Verona in those years. It is therefore a probable reconstruction of a typical Venetian stately home of the fourteenth century.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 6.30 p.m.).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8034303

Museum of Frescoes "G.B. Cavalcaselle" at juliet's tomb - Via Luigi da Porto, 5

The museum is set up inside the ancient monastery of San Francesco al Corso, where, according to tradition, the Juliet made famous by Shakespeare's tragedy was buried. Inside there are numerous frescoes detached from veronese churches or palaces, especially those from a palace that was demolished following the innondation of the Adige in 1882: Palazzo Fiorio della Seta.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8000361

Modern Art Gallery "Achille Forti" - Cortile Mercato Vecchio

The Gallery is located in Palazzo della Ragione, the most important medieval architecture of Verona dating back to the late twelfth century. The exhibition halls are located on the second floor of the building and can be accessed directly by climbing the Scala della Ragione. The exhibition method involves the rotation of the heritage, which currently counts on about 1,600 works of art, with the aim of making known to the public most of the works kept in the museum's deposits.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8001903

Museum of Natural History - Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 9

The museum is located in Palazzo Pompei, designed by the architect Michele Sanmicheli. The naturalistic collections of exceptional importance and richness are divided into the sections of Prehistory, Zoology, Botany, Geology and Paleontology. A large section is dedicated to the fossils of Bolca, a town of the Lessini Veronese famous for its quarries of marine fossils, among the most beautiful in the world.
The museum can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm (last admission at 5.30 pm).

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Contacts: tel. 045 8079400
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