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The MAGA is one of the most important museums and study centres for modern and contemporary art in Italy. Its origins date back to the post-war period and the Gallarate National Prize for Visual Arts, founded by Silvio Zanella in 1949 with the aim of fostering cultural revitalization at the local level and providing Gallarate with a museum of contemporary art capable of providing a point of reference and stimulus for the area as a whole. The result was the Civica Galleria d'Arte Moderna or MAGA, which opened in 1966 and has been operating for over forty years, developing its collect
Established in 1959 by monsignor Lodovico Gianazza contiguous premises to nineteenth-century Collegiate Church, the collection includes paintings, furniture and liturgical objects of varying age and relics and paintings by Daniele Crespi, Morazzone, Nuvolone and other authors.
The Museum, housed since 1926 in the remains of a 13th century Franciscan convent, preserves artifacts and documents relating to archaeology, art and history of the territory gallaratese.
The museum exposes some objects and medieval coins including pluteus della basilica di San Giovanni di Castelseprio. The Museum is accompanied by a thematic library and a historical archive.