Riso Museum of Contemporary Art

Palermo City

Riso Museum includes impressive works of art made by Sicilian and international artists from the fifties to the present.

Riso Museum is included in the fascinating Palazzo Belmonte Riso, a construction built at the end of the 18th century by Ventimiglia family. It is a well preserved example of ancient aristocratic buildings which mix the late Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Located close to the charming Piazza Bologna, the building was acquired by Baron Giovanni Riso who enriched the facade with marble decorations and his coat of arms. In 1986 the Region acquired the building to turn it into a public space using its majestic rooms for the Museum.

The Riso Museum’s permanent collection includes impressive works of art made by Sicilian artists who used to live in Sicily or abroad from the fifties to the present, and some artworks made by Italian and international artists who worked on the island. It offers a wide variety of collections such as Sicily over the Straits; The International Recognition, which is a section dedicated to the World War II artists who had a profound effect on Sicilian contemporary art; The international Artists, which shows a series of artistic compositions made by some popular international artists during their travel in Sicily; and the New Proposals Collection which includes all the emerging Sicilian artists.




Corso Vittorio Emanuele 365,

Phone: +39 091 587717 – +39 091 320532


Opening hours: 

Martedì, Mercoledì, Domenica 10.00 – 20.00

Giovedì, Venerdì, Sabato 10.00 – 24.00

Lunedì chiuso

Admission fee: 

Adults: 6€

Concessions: 3€

Free under 18 years old and over 65 years old.

Final admission is 30 minutes before the closing.

How to get there: 

By Car:

Get on A29/E90 or A19/E90, exit Corso Calatafimi to Piazza Indipendenza/ Palermo Centro.

By Train:

Railway station – Palermo Centrale.


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