Castello D’Albertis Museum of World Cultures – Museo delle Culture del Mondo

This peculiar museum is located in the Italian city of Genova. It’s almost hidden in the hills, but you can just see it from the port. From 1889 to 1932, it was the home of Captain Enrico Alberto D’Albertis, a dynamic man from Genova who travelled the world for years and was an eclectic collector who brought back many objects from his expeditions. Apart from the history and collections that are held in the museum, the aim is for visitors to feel at home. The Castle is where art, culture, multiple perspectives and voices meet. Visitors can travel the world in just one simple visit.

From the outside you can admire the fascinating neo-gothic architecture and the modern roofs. Inside, the rooms are outstanding; two are particularly worth mentioning: The Sundials Room and the Columbian Room. Both of these rooms function as historical showcases on the second floor. The first one is the studio where the Captain designed many sundials documented by several remaining drawings and photographs. The walls present three different styles, but the fireplace is what catches the eye with the family motto on the front Tenacior catenis, or “Stronger than chains” in English. The Columbian Room next to this one ends with a terrace upon which a statue of a young Columbus can be found and give the name to the room. Currently, one can find Captain’s library with books collected by him and written by him in this space. It’s also possible to study here and see this book upon request.

Statue of a young Columbus

On a more personal note, I have to say that I visited the museum as a child and even after many years, I enjoy going back one of the rooms that I most admire, like the Nautical Cabin. The Captain, being always at sea, wanted a cabin built in the Castle and is an unexpectedly beautiful view during the visit.

Another great point in their favour is the inclusiveness of their visit, thanks to a Sign Language multimedia guide or tactile models. Apart from the main collection, one gallery is dedicated to temporary exhibition and the rich program will take you around the world. At the time of this article, you can discover more about Native American contemporary art with the Paesaggi Interiori/Landscapes from Within exhibition, on display until October 2019.

As previously mentioned, the museum hosts such a rich program such as many activities and tours that can make your visit even more enjoyable. Some are meant for children and families, while others are focused on specific topic as photography or architecture.

As if you need more reasons to visit, the view from the Castle is outstanding. You can appreciate the city from above and see the Lanterna (lighthouse), symbol of Genova. There is even a restaurant/bistro that is a perfect way to end your visit with a relaxing lunch or happy hour on the terrace.

Don’t get discouraged by the outdated website or people that will tell you it is difficult to reach, it’s not, and it will be totally worth it! If you want more information or share your visit on social media, you can find the Castle on Facebook or on Instagram (@museidigenova).

If you’re coming from the train station of Genova Piazza Principe there is a beautifully old elevator, Ascensore di Montegalletto, that in 5 minutes will bring you to the gates of the Castle. Otherwise by bus with the number 39, 40 or 36.

Opening hours

SUMMER TIME (April - September)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 am - 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)

Thursday: 1pm - 10 pm (until 12th September)

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm (last entry 6 pm)

Closed: Monday

WINTER TIME (October - March)

Tuesday to Friday: 10 am -5 pm (last entry 4 pm)

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)

Closed: Monday


Full price € 6,00

Reduced price (5-12 years- >65 years) € 4,50

Free admission (children 0-4 years)

Groups (n. 1 free every 25 paying) € 4,50

SPECIAL TICKETS with GALATA MUSEO DEL MARE and S518 NAZARIO SAURO SUBMARINE (this ticket includes general admission to both museums and the submarine, either on the same day or on different days)

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Irene Calvi

Irene will graduate in 2019 with a BA degree in Cultural Heritage (History of Art) from The University of Turin, Italy. She is passionate about the historical and cultural significance of fashion interpretation in museums and the museum institution overall and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge of museology from innovative perspectives.