Polo Regional Museum of Modern Art of Palermo
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The historic residence of Palazzo Belmonte Riso, located in the heart of the historic centre of Palermo, was built at the end of the eighteenth century by the Principi Ventimiglia of Belmonte as a private residence, combining the late Baroque magnificence with neoclassical rigor.
After years of neglect and decay, in 1986 it was bought by the Sicilian Region that in the Nineties carried out the restoration work, which returned the historical monument to the city in the guise of a new exhibition space: since 2005, the building is the seat of Riso, Museum of Contemporary Art of Sicily, known today as Polo Regional Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palermo.
Besides Palazzo Belmonte Riso, the Museum Polo involves a wider network of cultural institutions including: the Aumale of Terrasini Museum, exhibiting archeological, naturalistic and ethno-anthropological pieces; the Medieval Castle of Caccamo; the Real Albergo dei Poveri; and the Paleontological Observatory and Museum of Palermo.