MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture

MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture

MUSMA Museum of Contemporary Sculpture
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
The MUSMA, internationally recognized for its unique cave exhibition spaces, is the most important museum entirely dedicated to sculpture in Italy. MUSMA occupies the spaces of the 17th Century Palazzo Pomarici and was inaugurated on October 14th, 2006. In ancient caves carved-out of limestone over time, there are works of art which tell the story of Italian and international sculpture from the late 1800s to today and seem to have found their “natural home”. The fullness and emptiness of sculpture appear extraordinarily complementary to the positive and negative spaces of the Sassi architecture. From the underground rooms, we pass into the noble palace, onto the first floor where the works are arranged in chronological order and are framed by elegant vaults and cornices.
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Susan Weckbaugh484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Incredible sculpture for such a small town. Make sure your hotel draws you a map or ask whomever you see standing around. Matera is an easy place to get lost.
Written 3 July 2022
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sophie g
Oxford, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Quite hard to find but it's well worth persevering. An outstanding collection housed atmostpherically in an outstanding setting.
Written 25 February 2022
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX7,034 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
A relatively young museum, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture Matera was the child of the La Scaletta Club, which presented art shows of the Matera area for decades before the museum was created. MUSMA focuses on contemporary sculptures, not only local, but national and international. Drawings, jewelry, medals and other works of art are also part of the collection. Cascella, Coronese, Masini, Matta, Consagra and Campbellotti are among the many artists shown. Located in the heart of the Sassi di Matera, in the 16th century Palazzo Pomarici, it is a prime example of Matera "architecture", with much of the building carved out of the rock, and the facade and other parts added externally. It provides the perfect background for the exhibits. In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibits are offered throughout the year. MUSMA is closed on Mondays and some Holidays. During the summer, in addition to the regular hours, an after noon session is added, between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. A token entrance fee is charged, with discounts for children, seniors and others. Don't miss this museum if you enjoy contemporary art, especially sculpture.
Written 22 November 2019
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Ester
Bologna, Italy42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Rich contemporary sculptures (and not only) collection in a unique location, stunning caves. You can find a large variety of artists like Antonietta Raphaël, Maria Lai, Emilio Isgrò, Medardo Rosso. The bookshop is well stocked.
Written 17 November 2019
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crs89
Boston, MA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I arrived in the late afternoon and had the place to myself. Going deep into some of the caves was a bit spooky but the atmosphere only added to the adventure. If you like modern art and sculpture and you find yourself in Matera (one of the oldest cities in the world), this is a must see.
Written 16 October 2019
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antiques223
New York City, NY1,283 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were excited to see this museum and looking forward to our visit. In all honesty, though, we were underwhelmed by the contemporary Italian sculpture on view. On the plus side, however, is the setting in which this collection is displayed. The drama of the multiple 'cave' setting makes the experience worth the price of admission. You leave with a profound sense of how pervasive the cave systems and dwellings in Matera are. If you are an art aficionado, it would help to already have an understanding of Italian art/sculpture of the second half of the 20th century.
Written 8 October 2019
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RJBPNewZealand
Blenheim, New Zealand81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
There were some quite interesting contemporary sculptures on display, but most weren’t. The caves themselves were more so.
The fresco fragments, if original, were the best part of the museum.
12 euros for two.
Totally inaccessible to handicapped.
Written 19 September 2019
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enchanted7
Des Moines, IA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Modern and contemporary sculpture displayed in a 16th c palazzo and the caves below it. The caves and the contemporary sculptures work together to create an art-viewing experience like no other. On our visit there was a temporary exhibition of works by Luis Gomes de Teran that the cave setting complimented perfectly.

I am thankful this museum was open until 8:00 in the evening because it allowed us the chance to visit it. It would have been a shame to miss it! The receptionist was welcoming and helpful. We were in the museum for a little less than an hour, but we could have spent more time there.
Written 16 July 2019
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monquiqui
New York City, NY114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
the M U SMA is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited.

The space is unbelievable and the collection of sculptures is fantastic
Written 25 May 2019
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Laura P
Genoa, Italy142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
A niche, modern museum well worth a visit. In the heart of the Sassi. It focuses on all genres of modern art with an emphasis on sculpture. It’s quite a relaxing atmosphere
make time to visit it.
Written 29 April 2019
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