Museums of Como

A selection of the most precious museums of Como

Walking across the abbeys of the city centre, you are attracted to discover its secrets. To start this journey you can visit the best museums of the town. Below you can read some soggestions to plan your cultural excursion in Como.

Archaeological Museum Paolo Giovio and Historical Museum Giuseppe Garibaldi. The Archaeological Museum displays local excavations dating back from the Paleolithicto the Roman Era, along with a rich collection of tombstones. The 1800’s collections are very rich and worth a mention, most notably the Egyptian one. The Historical Museum is organised into two sections: Risorgimento & Contemporary History and Ethnography. Opening time 10.00-18.00.

Volta Museum: Neoclassical temple built in 1927 in honour of Alessandro Volta, the Como born physicist who invented the battery. The Museum houses a varied mix of items related to his life and a rich display of scientific instruments showing his researches and experiments in the field of Physics, among which the first voltaic pile. Opening time: 10.00-18.00.

Civic Art Museum. The Civic Art Gallery displays works of local art from the 7th century until nowadays with important frescoes and sculptures. The section dedicated to the local arts of the 20th century displays drawings by Antonio Sant’Elia, abstract canvases and sculptures by Manlio Rho, Mario Radice, Aldo Galli, Carla Badiali and works by Ico Parisi. Opening time: 10.00-18.00.

Silk Museum. The Museum presents a true account of the history of Como’s famous silk industry. Through its display, it highlights the silk’s journey from silkworm breeding to the finished fabrics. The museum holds many interesting machinery and instruments. Opening time: 10.00-18.00.

Villa Olmo. Stately neoclassical building dating back to the end of 1700. It has an Italian garden at the front and an English park at the back with secular trees and woody plants. The city-owned villa is used as a venue for a wide range of events including conventions, concerts and art exhibitions. Visits are permitted to the ground floor, which is richly decorated with frescoes and stuccoes. Opening time: 09.00-17.30.

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