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Pre-booked guided tours


Pre-paid guided tours can be booked for all of Gallerie Estensi’s museums and the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria. Gallerie Estensi offer guided tours, which must be pre-booked and pre-paid, in Italian, French and English. Tours are led by qualified staff members who belong to the Institute’s internal organisational structure. The visits are available to groups with a maximum of 30 people.

The tour fees for the different sites are as follows:

  • Galleria Estense, Modena: €90
  • Museo Lapidario Estense, Modena: €80
  • Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena: €60
  • Palazzo Ducale, Sassuolo: €90
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale, Ferrara: €90
  • Galleria Estense + Biblioteca Estense Universitaria: €120
  • Galleria Estense+ Biblioteca Estense Universitaria+Museo Lapidario Estense: €150

Public Relations Office, Gallerie Estensi | tel. 0594395707/719 |

Visiting information for Palazzo Ducale, Sassuolo

2 January to 29 March and 1 December to 30 December 2019: open to groups from Tuesday to Sunday (minimum 15 and maximum 25 people).
Pre-booking is essential

Public Relations Office | tel. 0536.880801 |


Photographic Archive 


For photographic reproductions of materials in the archive, art collections or libraries, send a detailed request to:


Photographic Archive at Galleria Estense, Modena

Founded following a photographic campaign begun in the early twentieth century by then-director Giulio Bariola, the photographic archive later became the archive of Modena and Reggio Emilia’s Office for Cultural Heritage, which oversaw the region’s historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological heritage (from 1939 to 2014). The archive now holds a collection of almost 8000 glass plates, 50,000 negatives, 10,000 colour photos, as well as more recent digital files relating to the collections at Galleria Estense, Museo Lapidario Estense, Palazzo Ducale at Sassuolo, and the artistic heritage of the region overseen by the ex-Office of Cultural Heritage.
Open to all users with an appointment. 


For enquiries, contact:
Palazzo Coccapani d’Aragona
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 95/1
41121 Modena
+39 059 236 6322 (interno 3)


Photographic Archive at Biblioteca Estense Universitaria

Biblioteca Estense Universitaria’s current photographic collection dates from the 1960s, when the Institute launched a campaign to produce microfilms of manuscripts, which was completed in the 1990s. There are currently around 18,000 microfilms (manuscripts from the old Este and Campori Collection), which can be consulted and shared with other libraries. Over recent years, slides (more than 16,000) and digital reproductions have been added to the microfilms collection. The Library also holds numerous photographic prints as part of the collections of Henri Fox Talbot’s manuscripts and calotypes. In the Reading Room, 25,648 microfiches are available, relating to various global biographical archives and collections, among them Biblioteca Palatina, Bibliothek der Deutschen Literatur, Incunabula, The Printing Revolution in Europe, 1455-1500, Index der antiken Kunst und Architektur.


Photographic Archive at Pinacoteca Nazionale, Ferrara

Photographic materials relating to the Pinacoteca’s collections currently form part of the Photographic Archive of the Polo Museale of Emilia-Romagna.


For enquiries, contact:

Polo Museale dell’Emilia-Romagna
Via Belle Arti, 56 – 40126 Bologna


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Events can be organised in the Galleries. 
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