MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity. It is conceived as a broad cultural campus; not only a place for the conservation and exhibition of its collections but also, and above all, a laboratory for cultural experimentation and innovation, for the study, research and production of the aesthetic contents of our time.
The project for the building devoted to the national centre for the 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.
The MAXXI design goes beyond the concept of the building-museum. The complexity of the volumes, the curving walls, the variations and intersections of the levels determine a very rich spatial and functional configuration that visitors may pass through via ever different and unexpected routes.
MAXXI’s vocation as a familiar and dynamic space, a place for meeting as well as learning
Designed for audiences of different ages and requirements, from the youngest to the eldest, from the merely curious to experts in the sector, the museum intends to provide the necessary tools for active and participatory interpretation of contemporary themes.
The design offers a quasi-urban field, a "world” to dive into. The Campus is organised and navigated on the basis of directional drifts and the distribution of densities rather than key points. This is indicative of the character of the Centre as a whole: porous, immersive, a field space.
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.
The programme of activities – exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, educational projects – is really interesting and complete. Adults and children work together, sharing the creative experience
It's possible to celebrate the birthdays of children between 7 and 10 years of age in a very special, education and fun way, through workshops and visit-explorations of the art and architecture exhibitions. Guided tours are available for children of between 4 and 6: they can explore works in the museum with Arthur the Dragon, through a visit enlivened by stories, characters and illustrations.
While the children are enjoying the activities, the adults may purchase a guided tour of the MAXXI exhibitions.
You will find specific events for families with dedicated guided tours for children.
MAXXI, opening hours
Tuesday to Wednesday 11.00 - 19.00 Thursday 11.00 - 22.00 Friday to Sunday 11.00 - 19.00 Closed Mondays, December 25, May 1
The ticket office is open until 1 hour before museum closing
How to reach MAXXI
Via Guido Reni, 4/A
Metro A stop Flaminio followed by tram n. 2 stop Apollodoro
Bus n. 53 (stop De Coubertin/Palazzetto dello sport), 168 (stop MAXXI – Reni/Flaminia), 280 (terminal Mancini),910 (stop Reni/Flaminia)
Museum Express (terminal MAXXI)