MAXXI National Museum for 21st Century Art

The MAXXI produces and hosts art, architecture, and design exhibitions, photography, fashion, film festivals, theater, dance...


Via Guido Reni, 4 A, 00196 Roma

The MAXXI is the first National Museum dedicated to contemporary creativity. It's a great architectural work, with innovative and spectacular forms, designed by Zaha Hadid. Conceived as a vast cultural campus, it was opened on 2010; it produces and hosts art and architecture exhibitions, design projects, photography, fashion, film festivals, as well as theater and dance performances. The MAXXI collections are displayed in rotation along with temporary exhibitions, while the installations by Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, Giuseppe Penone and Maurizio Mochetti are always visible.


  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays: 11am to 7pm
  • Saturdays: 11am to 10pm.

The ticket office closes an hour before closing time.
Closed Mondays, May 1, December 25

  • Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.
  • Reserved tickets must be picked up no later than 30 minutes before the confirmed time slot. After this time, reservations will be canceled and you will lose the right to your tickets.
  • Any change is subject to confirmation according to availability.

INFORMATION about access for visitors with limited mobility and disabilities:

The museum is fully accessible. Every floor in the building has fully equipped toilet facilities. Gallery 5, located on the 3rd floor, is reached via a medium length ramp, but may also be accessed via a dedicated lift by asking at the entrance desk Information Point. Wheelchairs are available at Cloakroom 4 for visitors who have difficulty walking; two wheelchairs may be reserved by calling the museum at least two days in advance.

Instructions for visitors

  • When in the museum visitors are kindly requested to:
  • Maintain silence in the study halls
  • Turn off their mobile phone ring tone to avoid disturbing others
  • Not to take food and drinks into the galleries and exhibition halls
  • Not to take in animals, with the exhibition of guide dogs for non-sighted visitors
  • Not to smoke
  • To leave helmets, umbrellas, large bags and other bulky objects (larger than 25x30x12 cm) in the cloakroom before beginning their visit. Use of the cloakroom is free.
  • Keep their entrance ticket until the end of their visit. The museum staff is authorized to ask to see tickets throughout the museum.
  • All areas of the museum are subject to video surveillance

Photography and video

Photography and video recordings is allowed in the museum piazza and foyer but is forbidden in the exhibition galleries. Professional and /or commercial shoots and the copying of works must be authorized by the foundation.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations and changes without penalty if communicated within 24 hours from the original booking
  • For cancellations or changes up to 3 days before the date of the visit, the cost of the service is due as penalty
  • For cancellation or changes from 3 days before the date of the visit, no refund of the ticket, service, or ancillary services such as guides or earphones will be granted.
  • Any change is subject to confirmation according to availability.

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How to get there:

  • Metro A stop Flaminio followed by tram n. 2 stop Apollodoro
  • Bus n. 53 (stop De Coubertin/Palazzetto dello sport), 217 (terminal XVII Olimpiade), 280 (terminal Mancini), 910 (stop Flaminia/Reni)

MAXXI National Museum for 21st Century Art

Architectural Project

The proposal for the building devoted to the new national center for the exhibition of contemporary art and architecture was selected following a two-part international competition launched by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage in 1998. The winning design was that of the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, chosen from among 273 candidates from all over the world. Zaha Hadid’s proposal convinced the jury thanks to its capacity to integrate with the urban fabric and for its innovative architecture successfully interpreting the potential of the new institution and equipping it with an extraordinary sequence of public spaces.

The MAXXI design goes beyond the concept of the museum building. The complexity of the spaces, the curving walls, the variations and intersections of the levels present a very rich spatial and functional configuration that visitors may pass through via ever different and unexpected routes. Multiple environments coexist in a sequence of galleries illuminated with natural light filtered via a special roof system. The large full height atrium houses the reception services and leads into the auditorium, the galleries destined for the permanent collections, the exhibitions, and the spaces devoted to the cafeteria and the bookshop.


MAXXI Art stands as a contemporary museum set within unconventional architecture, a point of departure for a new museographic experience that breaks with the past.

With a natural leaning toward contemporary creativity, MAXXI Art is and intends to continue to be an interpreter of and an outlet for diverse voices, aware that contemporaneity has varied forms with roots in the 20th century and even further back. The museum therefore focuses on the promotion of young art and the valorization of those we may consider as its masters and movements that were active in the 20th century but still dialog with the 21st.

Faithful to the idea underlying its conception, with its surface area of 13,500 square meters and its permanent collection, MAXXI Art represents an experimental space that as well as its own collection and exhibition program proposes an interdisciplinary cultural offering that naturally includes art but also explores theater, dance, music, fashion, graphics, film, and advertising. The museum’s activities are well suited to its flow structure that makes possible a reading that is not conditioned by the spaces and the works, a unique experience for visitors who are invited to explore a temporal and spatial contemporaneity composed of events, exhibitions, and performances.

In developing this openness to the contemporary in its various forms and periods, MAXXI Arte has over time assembled its own collection thanks to acquisitions, prizes, and donations. It now counts around 300 works and intends to further expand its holdings in order to continue to offer its public a broad and informed overview of national and international contemporaneity.

The collections of the MAXXI art present themselves as a strong nucleus that witnesses the national and international artistic production, with special attention to the experiences and realities that are linked to the Italian context. The increase of the collection has been carried out through purchases, donations and the development of a direct production, as result of prizes, scholarships, and project commissions. These different procedures have allowed the creation of a collection that takes notice of the most different researches of recent years. Moreover, the works of important Italian and foreign artists of the 20th century’s last four decades have been purchased in order to ensure the continuity between the most recent production and past experiences.

MAXXI Architecture

MAXXI Architecture is the first national museum of architecture to be established in Italy. It is rooted in the Italian cultural and territorial context, which define its identity.

Two distinct spirits coexist in the museum, one devoted to the historicizing of the architecture of the 20th century and the other responding to issues of the present, interpreting the expectations of present day society. It is therefore a museum that is both historical and contemporary, where past and present intersect, adopting forms and methods suitable for developing a particular knowledge path and analyzing trends and personalities, cultural models and social behaviors.

The museum undertakes research and promotional activities including temporary exhibitions offering visitors ever-diverse opportunities for fruition and in-depth examination. On the ground floor, Galleria 1 hosts the 20th century exhibitions, while the photography exhibitions are staged in the Sala Carlo Scarpa. On the first floor, Galleria 2 hosts exhibitions on 21st century architecture. Acquisitions, production activities and research promoted directly by the museum and jointly with other institutions derive from the cultural program.

The museum’s activities explore the architectural discipline’s confines and intersections with other creative fields and are intended to present to the public the new idioms, the variety of the issues, the multiplicity of subjects and the trends characterizing current national and international research.

MAXXI Architecture is a museum, archive, library, and multi-media library (MAXXI B.A.S.E.), and above all the physical space that welcomes, involves, and introduces people of all ages to architecture.

The MAXXI Architecture collections (the 20th century, 21st century, and Photography Collections) comprise all those artifacts and documents that, in various ways, represent the material and conceptual complexity of architecture through its evolutionary processes – from the generation of ideas through to its physical realization, use, and insertion within a material and cultural context.

The means of acquisition for expanding the museum’s collections range from purchases to donations through to commissions by way of competitions and awards. The collections are also associated with management system of a true “virtual patrimony” constituted by the network of museums and public and private archives in Italy.

Carlo Scarpa, Pier Luigi Nervi, Paolo Soleri, Alessandro Anselmi, Giancarlo De Carlo, Carlo Aymonino, and Superstudio are just a few of the Italian protagonists featured in the collections, with over 50,000 design drawings, 25,000 photographs and numerous models, letters and documents, sculptures, temperas, books and periodicals (currently being scanned). Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Letizia Battaglia, John Davies, Mimmo Jodice, Armin Linke, Guido Guidi, Walter Niedermayr and Massimo Vitali, on the other hand are just a few of the over 60 photographers featured in the collections. With around 1,000 prints by contemporary artists, photography is a keystone of the Museum of Architecture thanks to its potential as a communicative medium in the presentation of both the physical configuration of space and the analysis of the dynamics actuated within it.

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