In Milan, as you’ve read in our website and probably know, there are lots of things to do. Among others, and especially for the culture and art enthusiasts, there are over a hundred museums! Many of which are recommended, but we’ve tried to pick out the best, most notable of them. If you’re visiting the city for only a short while, here you’ll find the best picks for you. Now, all you have to do is choose:
At Piazza Castello you’ll be able to admire one of the famous examples of renaissance archituecture, the Sforzesco castle, a wonderful structure built by Francesco Sforza in the 15th century. In addition to this castle being one of Milan’s historian symbols, it is actually a collection of a number of museums with a great historian and artistic value. Among them are the Egyptian museum Pinacoeca, the musical instrument museum and the museum for ancient art. The museum holds what is considered to be Michelangelo’s latest piece, dated back to the second half of the 16th century.
Address: Piazza Castello – 20121 Milan
Website: Castello Sforzesco museum
Pinacoteca di Brera
One of Milan’s most notable museums is the famous Pinacoteca in Brera, located inside the Brera palace. It is known for its impressive collection of art pieces, dated between the 14th and the 20th centuries. Among the countless pieces presented at the museum you’ll find the famous Supprer at Emmaus, painted by the Italian artist Caravaggio; the Il Bacio painting, attributed to Francesco hayez and many more.
Address: Via Brera 29 – 20121 Milano
Website: Pinacoteca di Brera
The Last Supper by Da Vinci
One of the most notable masterpieces made by the one and only, Leonardo Da Vinci, and that has turned into a foundation stone of acquiring painting techniques, is located at an old church – as it is painted on one of the crumbling church walls. It is in fact not an actual museum, in its common sense, and visitors are presented with only this one piece. Visiting Milan and seeing the Last Supper is almost a cliché, yet one that is highly recommended. It is definitely worth the effort of ordering your ticket in advance, online, as there is almost no possibility of entering this museum/church without a pre-booked ticket.
Address: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie – 20123 Milano
Website: The Last Supper
This cultural institution was established in the year 1618 in order to ensure free cultural education to anyone who expresses artistic and intellectual stands. This gallery constitutes Milan’s oldest museum, and keeps many significant artworks made by notable artists such as Titian, Botticelli and Raphael.
Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2 – 20123 Milano
Website: Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
This noted museum in Milan holds an artwork collection donated by the Milanese collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli. The museum features masterpieces painted by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Giovanni Bellini, Francesco Hayze and many other known artists, making it one of the most important Italian art collection in Italy and the entire world.
Address: Via Alessandro Manzoni, 12 – 20121 Milano
Website: Poldi Pezzoli
The Royal Palace, Palazzo Reale
At the city center, right next to the famous cathedral at the Piazza del Duomo, you’ll find the royal palace. Since 1919 the palace presents exhibitions with great local and worleide prestige. These exhibitions change, but the high standard remains. Among others, some of the exhibitions presented here over the years include ones dedicated to Monet, Van Gogh and others.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12 – 20122 Milano
Website: Palazzo Reale
The 19th century museum, Museo del Novecento
Close to the Palazzo Reale, this museum is located at a marvelous building and holds a permanent collection of art from the 19th and 20th centuries. Among others you’ll be able to see art by Kandinsky, Picasso, Bocciono and many more.
Address: Palazzo dell’Arengario, Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1 – 20122 Milano
Website: Museo del Novecento
Holocaust Memorial museum, Memoriale della Shoah
This relatively new museum opened its gates on January 2013. It is located right below Milan’s central station, at platform 21 – the platform from which Jews were sent by trains to the concentration camps of Flossenburg, Ravensbrueck, Bergen-Belsen, Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau, hidden from the eyes of those passing by. The museum is modernly built, hosts many groups of visitors, mainly students and local residents, and has no guidance in Hebrew (most guidance is in Italian, and a bit – in English). Still, the museum provides a very emotional and chilling experience due to its unique presentation and horrifying historical value.
Address: Piazza Edmond J. Safra, 1 – 20124 Milano
Website: Memoriale della Shoah
La Scala theatre museum, Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Right next to the La Scala opera house stands this private fascinating museum. It keeps one of the richest collections of stage costumes, including rare sketches and signed pieces. Many additional items related to the opera and musical world include portraits, letters and ancient musical instruments. Even if you’re not opera fans, and aren’t interested in a ticket to one of the theatre shows, a visit to this museum is an experience in itself.
Address: Largo Antonio Ghiringhelli, 1 – 20121 Milano.
Website: Museo Teatrale alla Scala
The Italian Union museum, Museo del Risorgimento
This museum was established in the year of 1886 as a showroom entirely dedicated to the important historical event of the union of Italy. It is located in the Moriggia palace, which was the residence of the minister of foreign affairs during Napoleonic times. The museum holds various items, weapons, prints, artwork and many other historic remains from the years of 1796-1870, during which Napoleon conquered Rome.
Address: Via Borgonuovo, 23 – 20121 Milano
Website: Museo del Risorgimento