It's the first Museum of Naples dedicated entirely to contemporary art. Situated inside the ancient Palazzo Donnaregina, designed by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza,it is located a few hundred meters from the cathedral and from the National Archaeological Museum . The building is adjacent to a monastery founded in the XIII century by the Swabians later expanded in 1325 by order of Queen Mary of Hungary, wife Carlo II of Anjou. By the initial complex today remain only the church overlooks Piazza Donnaregina and fourteenth-century church called "old Donnaregina". In 2005, the Campania Region buys the building following a 2003 agreement between the Ministry for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Joint Conference of the Regions and Local Authorities sign the Covenant for Contemporary Art to help increase of public assets, identifying suitable sites to promote contemporary art and 10 June 2005 inauguration of the Mother.

The museum is on three levels, documenting the last fifty years of artistic activity in Naples and is supported by a multimedia auditorium and a library.

Upstairs there is the permanent collection which tells the insights of the great Neapolitan galleries, exhibitions at Capodimonte, the Archaeological Museum and Castel Sant 'Elmo through the works of internationally renowned artists who worked in Naples: Francesco Clemente, Andy Warhol, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Richard Long, Rebecca Horn, Alfredo Pirucha, Domenico Paladino, Piero Manzoni and others.


daily from 8.30 am to 19.30 (last admission 18.30)

Sunday: 10.30-23.00

Closed 1th January,1th May and 25th December

Closed on Tuesday

Rates of entry
Full € 7,00
Reduced € 3,50 (*)

Monday Free entrance


for EU citizens under 18 years

(*) Reduced: for EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 years of age and for school teachers of the European Union.

The free tickets and reduced may be issued only upon presentation of a valid identity document.

For schools visiting the reservation is mandatory.

Sales room

publications, postcards, posters, slides, videotapes and memorabilia are on sale in a room at the museum


Museum is located at the entrance of a free cloakroom service. It is not allowed access into the Museum with bags, backpacks, umbrellas and bulky items, you can leave these belongings in the cloakroom.

How to arrive

Roads and Transport:

Subways: Line 1, stop: Museo;

Line 2, stop Piazza Cavour


The Madre is a splendid museum located in the historical center of Naples. The Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza has transformed the old Donnaregina palace into a functional and modern space for contemporary art.

Tour Price: 90 €/hour

Tour type: Art andHistory tour; Private tour; Walking tour.

Duration: 2 hours

Running days: Every day (except Tuesday)

Maximum travelers: 10 (a small group guarantees a service of better quality) Tours for larger groups can be arranged on demand.

Main attractions: The “Vesuvius” of Andy Wharol, Francesco Clemente, Andy Warhol, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, Richard Long, Rebecca Horn, Alfredo Pirucha, Domenico Paladino, Piero Manzoni and others.

What’s not included: Entrance ticket (8 ); Transportation (It can be arranged with Mercedes Limousine, Mini Van or Bus; Hotel pick-up or drop-off)

Kid Friendly: Yes

Disable friendly: Yes

I can arrange an itinerary for people with reduced mobility.






On the second floor is the Historical Collection, an exhibition tour through the artistic languages from the late '50s until the present day. A collection of fruit indefinitely many concessions on the part of the greatest Italian and foreign collectors of some works in their possession. Among the artists featured include Lucius Fontata Robert Rauschenberg Jannis Kounellis Mario Schifano Giovanni Anselmo Bruce Nauman Andy Warhol Michelangelo Pistoletto Claes Oldenburg Ernesto Tatafiore Damien Hirst and others.

The third floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.

On the terrace of the palace is the work "Horse" by Mimmo Paladino acquired in 2007 by Mother.

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