When we talk about important museums, the thought inevitably runs immediately to cities such as Florence, Rome, and Venice.
Our beautiful city of Milan is world-famous for its fashion and design, rather than for its artistic beauty, but this is only a common place: Milan is a city rich in art and history, ancient and modern, which will amaze you!
There are many wonderful museums to visit, perhaps not as famous as those of other cities of art, but full of fantastic works.
These are the museums that you should visit if you come to Milan, or if you are already here and have not yet had the opportunity to discover them, with all the useful information
Pinacoteca di Brera
The Pinacoteca is an art gallery located in the characteristic Milan neighbourhood of Brera, opened in 1809 at the behest of the Austrian Empress Maria Teresa. Its 24000 square meters of surface make it one of the largest museums in the city and, with more than 250000 visitors per year, is one of the most visited exhibition areas in Italy. The Pinacoteca is a museum dedicated exclusively to painting and is housed in the beautiful Palazzo Brera. Built on the remains of a fourteenth-century convent, in addition to the museum, Palazzo Brera houses the National Library, the Botanical Garden and the Academy of Fine Arts, one of the most famous art schools in Italy.
The Museum exhibits some absolute masterpieces of Italian Renaissance art, such as Il Cristo Morto by Andrea Mantegna, the Sposalizio della Vergine by Raffaello Sanzio, the Pietà by Giovanni Bellini, the Cena in Emmaus by Caravaggio, and also of modern art, such as Il Bacio by Francesco Hayez and Enfant Gras by Amedeo Modigliani.
If you want to visit Milan, you absolutely have to visit the Pinacoteca di Brera, one of the most beautiful and rich in history places in our city, which will surely leave you breathless!
- Address: via Brera 28
- Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8.30 a.m.- 7.15 p.m. (Ticket office open until 6.40 p.m.), closed Monday
- Price: Full 10 Euro, Reduced 7 Euro (For EU citizens up to 25 years old)
- Free on the first Sunday of the month
- Reservations are only required for groups of 10 to 25 people and schools at www.vivaticket.it or by calling 0292800361
- Directions: M2 stop Lanza, M3 stop Montenapoleone, M1 stop Cairoli, Bus 61 stop Pontaccio/Monte Pietà, Bus 57 stop Foro Buonaparte, Tram 1-2-12 and 14 stop Via Cusani
- Guided tours available by appointment in Italian and English
Museo del Novecento
The Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) is a permanent exhibition area dedicated exclusively to works of twentieth-century art, founded in 2010. It is located inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario, a few steps from the Duomo of Milan and the Palazzo Reale.
The Museum exhibits over 400 works (paintings and sculptures) of the most important Italian and international artists of the last century. The particular aspect of the museum is that the works are exhibited in chronological order: the first floor starts with Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo’s masterpiece “Il Quarto Stato” (1902), then continues to the heart of the museum, composed of the works of Italian Futurists such as Boccioni, Balla and Depero, and then arrives at the most recent works. The visit ends on the top floor of the building, in the Sala Fontana, overlooking Piazza Duomo: a fantastic panorama that will leave you speechless!
If you love contemporary art and the avant-garde, the Museo del Novecento is definitely the most important museum to visit!
- Address: Piazza del Duomo 8
- Opening hours: Monday 14.30-19.30; Tuesday-Wednesday-Friday-Sunday 9.30-19.30; Thursday-Saturday 9.30-22.30
- Prices: full price 10 Euro, Reduced price 8 Euro (people over 65 years old)
- Free on the first Sunday of the month
- Directions: M1 stop Duomo, M3 stop Duomo, Bus 54 stop Piazza Diaz, Tram 2-3-12-14-16-24-27 stop Duomo, Tram 15-23 stop Piazza Fontana
- Guided tours available in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German with advance booking by calling Ad Artem (+39 026597728) or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Museo Poldi Pezzoli, located a few steps from the famous Teatro alla Scala, is part of the circuit of the Case Museo of Milan and houses a vast collection of works of art donated by Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, a noble man and collector from Milan (1822-1879). The works are exhibited in a beautiful building built in the seventeenth century and renovated during the nineteenth century in accordance with the principles of neoclassical style.
At Poldi Pezzoli you will find, in an environment very different from that of traditional museums, masterpieces by some of the most important Italian artists, such as Botticelli, Mantegna, Michelangelo and Tiepolo. The collection is really wide and, in addition to paintings and sculptures, also includes jewellery, weapons, carpets and tapestries.
If you are attracted by suggestive and fascinating places, the Poldi Pezzoli museum is the right place to visit: unique for its intimate and magical atmosphere, typical of the Case Museo in Milan.
- Address: Via Manzoni 12
- Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Tuesday
- Price: Full 10 Euro, Reduced 7 Euro (Over 65), Reduced Youth 4,50 Euro (children 11-18 years old and students up to 26 years old), Free children up to 10 years old
- Directions: M3 stop Duomo or Montenapoleone, Tram 1 stop Montenapoleone
- Guided tours in Italian or in a foreign language are available by appointment by calling 02796334 or writing to email@example.com
The Cenacolo (Last Supper) is a fresco, dating from the late fifteenth century, painted by one of the greatest artists of all time, Leonardo da Vinci, kept in the Sanctuary of Santa Marie delle Grazie
It is without doubt the most famous representation of the Last Supper of Jesus and is one of the masterpieces that the whole world envies to our beautiful Milan. Every year it attracts many visitors: it is one of the fifteen most visited museums in our country.
Due to the particular painting technique used by the genius of Da Vinci, the painting is in an excellent state of preservation: located in the refectory of the Sanctuary, can only be visited by 25 people at a time.
The Cenacolo is a fundamental stop for its historical, artistic, and symbolic importance: however, remember to book well in advance (minimum 7 days) if you want to visit it!
- Address: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie 2
- Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Mondays
- Price: Full 12 Euro, Reduced 7 Euro
- Free for children under 18 years old
- To visit Leonardo da Vinci’s Cenacolo, reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance: tickets available on www.cenacolo.it
- Directions: M1 stop Conciliazione or Cadorna, M2 stop Cadorna, Tram 16-18 stop Corso Magenta/Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Guided tours provided by the staff are available in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese
Casa Museo Manzoni
The Museo Casa Manzoni is a historic building in Milan (located in the city centre) known for being the home of the greatest Italian writer of the nineteenth century, Alessandro Manzoni. The great writer bought the house, in typical Neo-Renaissance style, for himself and his family in 1813, and lived there until his death, on 22 May 1873.
The route through Manzoni’s residence includes a visit to the halls and rooms (as he left them), where the great writer imagined and wrote his greatest literary works, from “5 maggio” to the famous historical novel I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed).
The Casa di Manzoni is not one of the most visited and famous sites of the city, but it is a place where time seems to have stopped at the end of the nineteenth century: it is characterized by an intimate and private atmosphere, which manages to capture visitors by immerse them in the daily life, successes, and personal suffering of one of the most famous and representative figures of Milan.
Before visiting it, we suggest you read something about Alessandro Manzoni (yes, even on wikipedia!)
- Address: Via Morone 1
- Opening hours: from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 14 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Closed on Mondays and Sundays
- Special opening on the first Sunday of the month
- Price: Full 5 Euro, Reduced 3 Euro (11-18 years old and Over 65)
- Directions: M1 stop Duomo or Cordusio, M3 stop Montenapoleone, Tram 1 stop Via Manzoni
- For guided tours write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Triennale di Milano
The Triennale di Milano, located a few steps from the Cadorna station, is located inside the beautiful Palazzo dell’Arte Bernocchi, built in 1935, and hosts events and exhibitions of art, design, fashion, architecture, cinema, and communication.
Since 2007, it has hosted the Triennale Design Museum, the first museum in Italy dedicated solely to Design, of which Milan is unquestionably one of the world’s “capitals”; and it is one of the most important exhibition areas in the world dedicated to this theme.
The aim of the museum is to “explain” the world of Italian design by presenting not only the works, but also the great figures and companies who express the best of “Made in Italy”.
The Triennale is an exhibition area that you absolutely have to visit if, in addition to being passionate about art, you are a lover of “Made in Italy” in all its forms!
- Address: Viale Alemagna 6
- Opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.
- Closed Monday
- Prices: 12 Euro for the ticket that allows you to see all exhibitions, 9 Euro to visit a single exhibition
- Free for children up to 5 years, and for people accompanying a ticket holder with a disability
- Directions: M1 or M2 stop Cadorna, Bus 61 stop Triennale
If you are interested in visiting these splendid museums, don’t wait: come to Milan and you won’t regret it! If you already live in the city, but haven’t seen them yet, you can take a look at our In-language Experiences. Together we will visit these beautiful places and teach you Italian immersed in the wonders of our city: it will be an educational experience, and a lot of fun!