Museo della Città di Rimini
Historic Building and Museum in Rimini
Rimini is a city steeped in a thousand years of history, and the City Museum serves as a repository of its rich historical and cultural heritage. Housed within the eighteenth-century Jesuit College, and bearing the name of the Riminese historian Luigi Tonini since 2015, this museum is a treasure trove of civic memories sourced from archaeological excavations, churches, city buildings, and invaluable works kept in storage.
Here, visitors can embark on a journey through the history of humanity’s presence in the Rimini area, spanning from prehistory to the modern era. This epic tale commences on the beaches, where primitive humans crafted flint tools, and continues through a captivating blend of archaeology and art, offering a tapestry of extraordinary stories. Notable among the exhibits is a remarkable collection of surgical instruments that once belonged to a physician from the 3rd century, as well as a rare glass painting (pinax) that once adorned his domus.
The Pinacoteca section of the museum proudly displays masterpieces from the “Riminese School,” a prominent artistic movement of the fourteenth century inspired by the teachings of Giotto. From the opulent era of the Malatesta rule, the collection boasts works by renowned artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Agostino di Duccio, Pisanello, and Matteo de’ Pasti.
The seventeenth century is represented by a stunning array of paintings created by internationally acclaimed masters, including the exuberant Guido Cagnacci, the contemplative Centino, the colorfully sensitive Guercino, and the talented Simone Cantarini.
A dedicated space within the museum pays homage to the graphic artistry of Renè Gruau, a figure of international renown in the realm of fashion illustration.
This museum offers a journey that not only chronicles the transformations in the city’s visage over the centuries but also provides a glimpse into Piazza Cavour, immortalized by Filippo De Pisis during his stay in 1940. It’s a testament to Rimini’s enduring cultural significance and its ability to preserve the essence of its history and artistry for generations to come.
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Visiting Museo della Città di Rimini
Tuesday to Sunday and holidays 10:00-13:00 and 16:00-19:00
Closed on Mondays other than public holidays
Wednesday and Friday in July and August also 9pm-11pm