Museums in Milan

Acquario Civico di Milano

Acquario Civico di Milano

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The Acquario Civico di Milano (Civic Aquarium of Milan) is housed in an Art Nouveau period building complete with friezes and hand-painted tiles. Established in 1906 as part of the International Exhibition in Milan, it is the third oldest aquarium in Europe. This small but … [read more]

Armani Silos

Armani Silos

Silos is Giorgio Armani’s own museum, dedicated to his fashion designs of the last 40 years, displaying around 600 of his works. The museum is located in the fashionable Tortona area in Milan, in a renovated building that was constructed in 1950 as a granary … [read more]

Casa Manzoni in Milan

Casa Manzoni

Casa Manzoni is an 18th-century palace at the historical centre of Milan and the home of the famous Italian poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni between 1813 and his death in 1873. Manzoni is famous for his historical novel I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), considered as … [read more]

Castello Sforzesco Milan

Castello Sforzesco Museums

The Castello Sforzesco houses a collection of small museums, which are all accessible with the same ticket and will keep you occupied for quite some time: Antique Furniture & Wooden Sculpture Museum Applied Arts Collection Archaeological Museum (with Egyptian and Prehistoric sections) Museum of Ancient … [read more]

Fondazione Stelline Milano

Fondazione Stelline

The Fondazione Stelline (Stelline Foundation) was established in 1986 by the Region of Lombardy and the City of Milan with the aim to stimulate the development of cultural, social and economic initiatives. In recent years the attention has shifted more and more towards the promotion … [read more]

Forma Meravigli, Milan

Forma Meravigli

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Forma Meravigli in Milan is the exhibition space of the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, the foundation that promotes and supports photography, both in Italy and abroad. Next to exhibitions, the foundation also organises courses, workshops and conferences related to visual arts in general and … [read more]

Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan

Galleria d’Arte Moderna

The Gallery of Modern Art (also known as GAM) is one of Milan’s most enjoyable art galleries. Located in the Villa Reale, a sumptuous palazzo where Napoleon once resided, it houses a world class collection of modern 19th-century paintings. The gallery is filled with works … [read more]

Gallerie d’Italia Piazza Scala Milan

Gallerie d’Italia Piazza Scala

A symbol of Milan’s rich history and exhibiting works from the vast Intesa Sanpaolo art collection. The Galleria d’Italia Piazza Scala is housed over three adjoining mansions of undeniable charm (Anguissola, Beltrami and Brentani), one the former seat of Banca Commerciale Italiana. Designed by leading … [read more]

GAM Manzoni

GAMManzoni

The GAMManzoni Centro Studi per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea is a cultural institution in the heart of Milan, which aims to bring the world of modern and contemporary art closer to the public with a rich program of art exhibitions, conferences, conventions and publications. The … [read more]

La Fabbrica del Vapore - Milano

La Fabbrica del Vapore

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Once an industrial complex housing a factory for electric trams, La Fabbrica Del Vapore (“The Steam Factory”) nowadays is a centre for the arts of all different kinds, like design, music, dance, photography, theatre, cinema and entertainment. After the renovation works finished in 2008, different … [read more]

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper (1498)

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper

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Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper (in Italian Il Cenacolo) requires very little introduction since it is one of the most famous works of art in the world, made even more famous by Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. The mural painting is located in … [read more]

Museo Archeologico Milan

Museo Archeologico

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The Civico Museo Archeologico di Milano (Civic Archaeological Museum of Milan) is housed within a complex which does justice to its current function: the ex-convent of the Monastero Maggiore combined with the church of San Maurizio, founded in the 8th-9th century. The inner cloisters reveal the … [read more]

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Milan

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale

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The Museo Civico di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum) is the oldest civic museum in Milan with its current building dating back to the late 1800s, a striking red stone building with hints of neo-Romanesque and neo-Gothic styles, designed by Giovanni Ceruti. The museum is located within … [read more]

Migliara Giovanni, Veduta di Piazza del Duomo in Milano (1819)

Museo del Duomo

Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) is the museum of Milan’s striking cathedral and relates to and reveals its history and art, as well as the activity of the “Veneranda Fabbrica” (Venerable Factory). The Factory was established in 1387, by Gian Galeazzo Vis­conti, with the aim … [read more]

Museo del Novecento Milan

Museo del Novecento

Opened in 2010, the Museum of the 20th century is located right in the heart of Milan near the famous Duomo. Residing within the Palazzo dell’Arengario, it houses a dedicated exhibition displaying Milan’s superb collection of 20th century art. The museum follows the timeline from … [read more]

La battaglia di Calatafimi, R. Legat (1860)

Museo del Risorgimento

The Museo del Risorgimento (Museum of the Resurgence) – referring to the Unification of Italy – originated when a large collection of relics and documents about the Risorgimento were first brought together for the 1884 Italian General Exhibition in Torino. Since its creation, the museum … [read more]

Museo delle Culture – MUDEC, Milan

Museo delle Culture – MUDEC

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Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, is the latest addition to the museum landscape of Milan. It is a centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world, and focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan. … [read more]

Museo Martinitt e Stelline Milan

Museo Martinitt e Stelline

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The Martinitt and Stelline Museum tells the moving story of Milan’s orphans and how they were looked after by the city throughout the past centuries. The use of multimedia allows the vistor to interact and brings the fascinating story to life. The name of the museum … [read more]

Museo Minguzzi Milan

Museo Minguzzi

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Museum Minguzzi is a space for cultural events and exhibitions, located in the heart of the historical Brera district. For many years the space hosted the permanent collection of the Foundation named after Luciano Minguzzi, one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Nowadays … [read more]

Teatro alla Scala - Milan

Museo Teatrale alla Scala

The Museo Teatrale alla Scala (Scala Theatre Museum) is located inside the famous Teatro alla Scala opera house, one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world. The museum covers Italian theatrical history in general, as well as the history of the opera … [read more]

Piazza dei Mercanti, Milano

Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia

The Palazzo della Ragione Fotografia in Milan is an exhibition space dedicated entirely to photography. It hosts international exhibitions and installations in an impressive 13th century building. The Palazzo della Ragione is located at the Piazza dei Mercanti, in what is now a secluded corner of … [read more]

Palazzo Dugnani in Milan

Palazzo Dugnani

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Palazzo Dugnani in Milan is a historic palace dating back to the 17th century, later restored in rococo style. It is located at the western end of the Giardini Publici, one of the main gardens of Milan. Until 1846 the Palazzo Dugnani was privately owned, … [read more]

Palazzo Morando Milano

Palazzo Morando

The Palazzo Morando is located in the heart of Milan’s stylish fashion district, in Via Sant’Andrea, just a stone’s throw from the famous Via Montenapoleone. An elegant 18th century palazzo beautifully decorated and furnished from that period. The palazzo is packed with a rich collection … [read more]

Palazzo Reale in Milan

Palazzo Reale

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The Palazzo Reale in Milan, a former royal palace with its large halls, refined furnishings and sweeping staircase, is today an important exhibition venue and cultural centre. With a space of 7,000 square metres, it regularly displays modern and contemporary art works including many famous … [read more]

Palazzo Vistarino in Pavia

Palazzo Vistarino (Pavia)

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Palazzo Vistarino in Pavia is a space used for cultural events like exhibitions and concerts. It is situated in the heart of city, next to the river Ticino. The building is from the 18th century and served as the residence of a noble family. It … [read more]

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Milan

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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One of the oldest cultural institutions in Milan and founded in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, the Ambrosiana Gallery houses a permanent collection of fine paintings, sculptures, etchings and drawings donated by Borromeo himself. Adjoining the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, a historic library in Milan containing works … [read more]

Pinacoteca di Brera Milan

Pinacoteca di Brera

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The Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera Art Gallery) houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Opened to the public in 1809, it is situated in a beautiful 17th century building alongside … [read more]

Planetario di Milano

Planetarium of Milan

The Civic Planetarium “Ulrico Hoepli” of Milan is an institute for communication and education in astronomy and related sciences like physics and astronautics. The Planetarium is the largest in Italy and is named after the “planetarium” instrument which it has installed. A planetarium is a … [read more]

San Siro Museum Milan

San Siro Museum

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The famous San Siro stadium (officially called Stadio Giuseppe Meazza) can be visited when there is no football match or other kind of event taking place. The visit includes access to the San Siro museum and optionally a guided tour. The museum covers the history of … [read more]

Castello Visconteo in Pavia

Scuderie del Castello Visconteo (Pavia)

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The Scuderie del Castello Visconteo (Stables of the Visconti Castle) in Pavia is an exhibition space that regularly hosts exhibitions of international stature. The past years have seen retrospective exhibitions on Monet, Rembrandt, Chagall, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The Visconti Castle was commissioned in … [read more]

Spazio Oberdan Milan

Spazio Oberdan

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Spazio Oberdan is managed by the Province of Milan and is a place dedicated to culture in every sense of the word. The first floor houses a 700 m² space where regularly exhibitions are held related to contemporary art and photography. The groundfloor houses the Sala … [read more]

Villa Necchi Campiglio - Milan

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Villa Necchi provides an oasis of calm in the centre of Milan. Surrounded by a beautiful garden with swimming pool and tennis court, the villa is an unexpected find an otherwise hectic city. It was built between 1932 and 1935 by architect Piero Portaluppi and … [read more]

Villa Olmo, Como

Villa Olmo (Como)

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Villa Olmo in Como is a historic villa built in neoclassical style between 1782 and 1787 by the Swiss architect Simone Cantoni for the marquis Innocenzo Odescalchi. In 1925 the villa was sold to the Municipality of Como to host an international exhibition on Alessandro … [read more]