Art is the lifeblood of Milan, as evidenced by its continual advances in fashion and art. Its history of legendary artists-da Vinci and Michaelangelo are just two from Milan, Italy-have secured its place in the halls of timeless culture. And even today, their works as well as the works of others are relevant and awe-inspiring for tourism.
Milan Museums Travel Guide
Whether you’re enjoying Pollaiolo’s “Portrait of a Lady,” or marvelling at the completion of Leonardo’s Horse, you can feel the time that Milan has used to create beauty in its surroundings. Special events at individual museums may require reservations, so it’s best to call ahead for instructions. You will find that any taste in art is appeased in the streets and the Milan museums. You can also book Milan tours, Italy style with a guide to help you gain even greater appreciation of the wonderful museums and art works.
1. Museo Civico Archeologico
Corso Magento 15 Phone: 02/86450011 Hours: Tues. – Sun. 9am-5:30pm
This Museum is in a wonderful former monastery and has exhibitions of Milan’s Roman history and these will transport you back in time. There is no admission charge to this Museum and you can spend hours looking at the many and varied exhibits which include everyday artefacts of Milan to richly designed jewellry from past aristocracy.
2. Museo Poldi-Pezzoli
Via Manzoni 12 Phone: 02/794889 Hours: Tues. – Sun. 10am-6pm
This Milan museum has works of Botticelli and Bellini and other Italian artists. One of the most famous works in this Gallery is the Pollaiolo’s “Portrait of a Lady”.
3. Leonardo’s Horse
This house is the work of Leonardo da Vinci who started it in respect to Ludovico Sforza. It lay unfinished and has now been restored to full completion with the aid of long lost drawings by Leonardo. One of the more imposing pieces is a bronze presented to the city Nina Akamu-a Japanese-American sculptor.
4. Museo Nazionale della Scienza and Tecnica
Via San Vittore 21 Phone: 02/48555200
This museum is devoted to Science and Technology and has many interactive displays for adults and children to enjoy. A bonus is the inclusion of many of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches of a scientific and technological nature illustrating the wide genius of the man.
5. Pinacoteca di Brera
Via Brera 28 Phone: 02/722631
Also known as the Brera Gallery, this is one of the leading galleries in Milan and includes some of the most striking art pieces. For example, the piece Cristo Morto by Mantegna has brought many a visitor to tears. And Raphael’s collection in Room XXIV includes more religious spectacles.
6. Santa Maria delle Grazie
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2 Phone: 02/89421146
Home to da Vinci’s Last Supper, this museum is a monument to the treasures of Leonardo. You can step into the church itself to find where da Vinci was commissioned to paint the famous work, as well as where he completed it. It can be difficult to obtain admittance here as advance reservations are recommended – see the section of this guide on Tours and it may be a the APT bus tour is the best option for you.