The Gallery and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Masnago are housed in the Castle of Masnago, built originally for defensive purposes between the 11th and 13th centuries, and which has undergone a series of alterations through the years, including the one in the 14th century which gave rise to the superb frescoes in the interior.
The ground floor contains rooms with works from 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century Lombardy, as well as the “Sala degli Svaghi” (Room of the Pastimes), with frescoes depicting the pastimes and amusements of the nobility, in the International Gothic style widespread between the end of the 14th and the middle of the 15th centuries.
The rooms of the upper floor contain paintings dating from the interwar years and the nineties, and works of contemporary art. The “Sala dei Vizi e delle Virtù” (Room of Vices and Virtues) is painted with frescoes again in the International Gothic style.
A range of cultural events are held in the museum during the year, and school children can take part in a variety of educational workshops.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 9.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.30 (from 2 November to 31 May); 10.00 – 12.30 and 14.30 – 18.30 (from 1 June to 31 October).