A neoclassical villa nestled amongst the greenery of a quaint city park: the Museum, donated to the city by the Croce family in 1951, sits perched over the sea, as if to keep a watchful eye over the city of Genoa. Established in 1985, it boasts a permanent collection of both Italian and international art, gathered by the expert hands of Maria Cernuschi Ghiringhelli. The masterpieces of renowned artists such as Licini, Reggiani, Radice, Fontana, Manzoni, Dadamaino, Uncini, Agnetti sit next to contemporary pieces by Ben Vautier, Philip Cornell, Flavio Favelli, Adrian Paci, Alberto Tadiello and Marta dell’Angelo.

The ground floor, with its walls decorated a tempera as was typical in the late 1800s, hosts a conference room and a library specialised in contemporary art and open to the public. The first floor is dedicated to temporary exhibits while the second floor holds both the museum’s permanent collections as well as temporary exhibits.

In the vanguard and always interested in the work of young, emerging artists, Villa Croce Museum annually hosts a series of contemporary art exhibits, accompanied by frequent incursions into the world of music, cinema, theatre and literature. These initiatives are also accompanied by exhibits dedicated to individuals, movements or situations that have deeply changed the history of artistic research.

The museum prides itself on innovation and continuous exploration of different artistic disciplines, regardless of standard categories. Villa Croce’s exhibit programme offers a prompt representation of the contemporary art world, from design to video, from installations to photography, with a desire to showcase the international art scene and to support the most promising young and emerging Italian artists.


In 2012, Villa Croce launched an innovative management model that combines both public and private funding, thanks to the collaboration between Comune di Genova (the Municipality of Genoa) and Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura and a group of private companies and foundations among which Gruppo Hofima, Fondazione Edoardo Garrone, Costa Crociere, Banca Carige, Villa Montallegro, and Coeclerici.
The Villa Croce committee has raised the necessary funds for the first two years of activity, proving the great potential behind this type of management by guaranteeing a rich, international programme. The confirmation of funds for another two-year period offers the museum a chance to establish itself both nationally and internationally.

Thanks to its public and private funding, the museum works with agility and flexibility, creating the opportunity for individuals to meet artists and discover their work, regardless of roles or fame. Villa Croce’s objective is to guarantee an articulate cultural project that, through multiple national and international partnerships, can support high quality art projects addressed to everyone.