In compliance with the DPCM of the 8th March 2020, the exhibition rooms and the Library are closed due to National provisions to counter the spread of the Corona virus.
Newly accessible for Palermo
after the restoration by Gae Aulenti
The history of Palazzo Branciforte is closely tied with the city of Palermo and has been ever since it was built, probably at the end of the sixteenth century, as noble house by Nicolò Placido Branciforte Lanza, Count of Raccuja.
To promote the cultural development of the city of Palermo, the Fondazione Sicilia, chaired by Professor Giovanni Puglisi, decided that Palazzo Branciforte, a historic building in the heart of the city, should be restored to its former glory.
Major restoration work began in 2007 based on a project by the world-renowned architect and designer Gae Aulenti, who made the building more modern and functional, maintaining the heritage of the past and adding a contemporary design.
The Fondazione Sicilia’s Archeological Collection represents a Cultural Heritage for the history of Sicily and for the XX Century history of Culture due to its structure and origine.
The famous Archeologist Vincenzo Tusa contributed a lot to its construction.
Palazzo Branciforte houses the Fondazione Sicilia Library on its ground floor, with approximately 50 thousand volumes. The Fondazione Sicilia Library plays a cultural role of major importance, offering books and periodicals which, for the most part, cannot be found in other city libraries or are difficult to access.
The architectural redevelopment project by architect Aulenti for the Palazzo included an Auditorium on the ground floor of Palazzo Branciforte. It is an innovative, technologically advanced conference room.
A wide and well-structured educational offer allow the public to live the museum as a place of study, research and discovery for students and teachers, by varied activities and projects.
Civita’s latest report deals with a strategic matter for Italian cultural policies: cultural consumption and project planning abilities of young generations. For companies, young people are key market targets, but
Largo Gae Aulenti, 2, 90133 Palermo PA
Tel: +39.091.8887767 – +39.091.7657621 (ticket office)
From March 1st to October 31st: Thursday – Sunday from 10.00 to 8.00 p.m.
(last admission 7.00 p.m.)
From November 1st to February 29th: Friday – Sunday from 10.00 to 7.00 p.m.
(last admission 6.00 p.m.)
The access to Palazzo Branciforte is possible exclusively by taking part to guided tours lasting 45 minutes.
The guided tours start every hour from 10.00 a.m. (last guided tour at 6.00 p.m. between November and February – and at 7.00 p.m. between March and October).
Guided tour: € 7 (full price), € 5 (Reduced price: groups minimum 15 persons, the over 65 and special concessions)
€ 3 (without guided tour) ground floor: Archaeological Collections
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