Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

The London Pass Access to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art Normally £7.50 - Included with London Pass

Discover the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, a showcase of some of the most important pieces of Italian art from the early 20th century.

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is housed in a Grade II Georgian building – a perfectly placed venue for Britain’s only museum devoted to modern Italian art. This relatively new London gallery boasts some of its most important pieces from the early 20th century, mostly under the banner of Futurism, a movement founded in 1909 by F. T. Marinetti. Artists on display here include Umberto Boccioni, an artist who created the first artistic responses to Futurism and Medardo Rosso, who was hailed as one of the most influential sculptors of his time.

Enjoy access to the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art with The London Pass® 

- Pay nothing at the door – simply show your pass.

- Explore the country’s only venue devoted to modern Italian art

- The gallery also holds regular workshops for both adults and children around the subject and themes discussed in the permanent exhibitions

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art facts

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- How to get there


Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art history

When Eric Estorick (1913-93) studied at New York University during the 1930s, he discovered The Gallery of Living Art in Washington Square College. This remarkable collection, containing masterpieces by Picasso, Léger, Miró and Matisse, had a profound effect on him and inspired him to become a collector. After he came to live in England following the Second World War, he took his passion for art with him. But it was only when he was on his honeymoon in Switzerland, upon discovering Umberto Boccioni’s book Futurist Painting and Sculpture (1914), that he became enchanted by Italian art. This was to prove to be another enduring love this newly married man would come to experience. 

Futurism was founded in 1909 by the poet F. T. Marinetti and became Italy’s most significant contribution to twentieth-century European culture. The creative atmosphere at the time was stifled by its own sense of heritage. Marinetti’s response to this was to break its oppressive weight and develop an aesthetic based on modern life and technology, particularly speed and the machine. Estorik’s understanding of, and fervour for, Futurism is showcased throughout the Collection and was objectively recognised by the Italian Republic in 1968, when he was given the title Cavaliere for his promotion of Italian art. In 1970, he was given the higher honour of Commendatore. Despite the accolades, Marinetti remained humbled by his intense love for the arts, refusing the Italian government’s offer to purchase his collection before donating the pieces to the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation six months prior to his death. 

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art highlights

  • As the only venue dedicated to modern Italian art in Britain, you’ll have a rare chance to experience a large number of paintings, drawings and sculptures that helped shape the scene
  • Explore six galleries over three floors, a library, café and bookshop on either side of the entrance. 

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Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art facts

  • The house the Collection now resides in was constructed between 1807 and 1810 by the entrepreneur Henry Leroux of Stoke Newington. However, the Parliament Act of 1812 authorised the construction of a wide thoroughfare across Canonbury Square. Increased traffic of horses and carts made these properties less attractive to potential buyers, bankrupting Leroux.
  • Having been open to the public for almost twenty years, the museum closed for five months in 2016 to undergo a major phase of renovation and refurbishment intended to greatly improve the visitor experience. The entrance and shop were remodelled, and a glass conservatory extended the café space into the museum’s tranquil garden. 

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The Library

Located on the top floor of the museum, The Library contains over 3000 books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues. These include first editions of novels by Wyndham Lewis, original copies of landmark texts such as the Vorticist journal Blast and Fortunato Depero's masterpiece of graphic design and bookmaking. See his 'bolted book' in real life, as well as copies of Futurist journals and manifestos.

Events at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

For more events at Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, check the official site

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Know before you go

Reservations are required to visit this attraction. Visit Estorick Collection's website and select the date and time you wish to visit.  

There is wheelchair access to four galleries out six, café, shop and toilets only. There is also limited car parking for blue badge holders, please telephone in advance. Please check the official site for more.  

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Getting in

Present your London Pass at the main entrance.

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Make the most of your London Pass

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art is a short bus ride from The Charles Dickens Museum, which in turn is on the museum mile. Access to this museum and selected others on this stretch is included on The London Pass®

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How to get there


Highbury and Islington (Victoria Line), 4 stops from Oxford Circus and 1 stop from Kings Cross. London Overground to Highbury and Islington Station. Great Northern line to Essex Road Station.


271 to door; 4, 19, 30, 43 to Upper Street/Canonbury Lane; 38, 56, 73, 341 to Essex and Canonbury Roads.

Car parking

Additional parking restrictions apply on Arsenal Football Club match days. Please check dates in advance if coming by car information is available using a phoneline run by Arsenal and Islington Council: 0844 931 2211.

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Visiting Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Visiting Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

  • Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art 39a Canonbury Square London N1

Opening Times

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11.00 - 18.00
Thursday 11.00 - 18.00
Friday 11.00 - 18.00
Saturday 11.00 - 18.00
Sunday 12.00 - 17.00
Last Admission: 30 minutes before closing time

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