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Must-See Museums in Modena

Text by: Stefania Fregni

Although often considered to be a predominantly tourist activity, I find that visiting the local museums is one of the best ways to understand the cultural soul of the city.

Some of Modena’s best museums include:


MEF is the Enzo Ferrari House Museum and the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, ideal for car enthusiasts.

Estense Gallery

The Estense Gallery is one of the oldest and most important National Galleries of Italy, perfect for lovers of classic art collections

Palazzo Ducale of Sassuolo

This palace is one the most important Baroque residences of Northern Italy.

MATA – Manifattura Tabacchi

Located in a former tobacco factory, MATA is Modena’s home of photography and contemporary art.

House Museum of singer Luciano Pavarotti

Visit the home of one of Modena’s most famous sons, the Great Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti.

Museum of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

The perfect place to learn about the Modena’s famous Balsamic Vinegar.

These are just some of the places to discover the history, traditions and life of Modena. Many of these places are mainstays of our tourism, others are pleasant destinations to visit for a complete experience of Modena, offering a look at the many facets of our beautiful city.