Milano – The reopening of the La Scala Theater Museum of Milan which, after six months of closure, welcomes visitors again in the rooms where the historical collections are kept, but also in the Foyer Toscanini, as well as in the boxes that allow you to look out over the prestigious hall of the Teatro alla Scala.
From the entrance, the public can admire a photographic installation by Giovanni Hänninen which has become the symbol of the exhibition It goes thought: the myth of the Scala between news and criticism, edited by Pier Luigi Pizzi, on the relationship between La Scala and the literary, critical and journalistic written word. The exhibition was inaugurated online on March 4, 2021 and its themes were explored through the museum’s social networks with a video guided tour and with various contributions from some of the most important music critics, also available on the site. THE first 50 visitors they receive a free copy of the exhibition catalog.
During the months of Covid-19 emergency closure, the Teatro alla Scala Museum continued its activity with the creation of Museo Hub +, new virtual literary salon where numerous digital contents have converged to allow the public to visit the museum even when it is closed, even at night, even if you are not in Milan. The latest initiative in chronological order is the series in 9 episodes Time for a coffee with Alberto Mattioli and Pierluigi Panza who alternate in telling the many stories that hide behind some of the museum’s works: from the bel canto divas to Napoleon’s sword, from the famous view of the Scala painted by Angelo Inganni to the evolution of the image of Rossini and Verdi in their portraits, up to the secular fetishism of the composers’ relics.
Furthermore, on the occasion of the Dante celebrations of 2021, the Teatro alla Scala Museum has found an important document in its archives and exhibited in a reliquary in the Esedra room. In May 1865, for the inauguration of the statue of Dante in front of Santa Croce in Florence, Victor Hugo – who was in exile in Guernsey – wrote a Letter on Dante. There are two copies of this document, in French, written by a copyist and signed by Victor Hugo: one is exhibited here, particularly valuable because it contains handwritten annotations by the writer himself. It is highly probable that the manuscript was addressed by Hugo to Verdi’s librettist Arrigo Boito, who was one of the founders, in 1911, of the Museo Teatrale itself.
The La Scala Theater Museum in Milan is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00, with the last admission at 17.30. Entrance tickets cost 9 euros (reduced 6 euros for students over 12 years old and over 65, but also for Fai and Tourng Club members and holders of a ticket for the Gallerie d’Italia; free admission for children up to 12 years, disabled people and season ticket holders to the Teatro alla Scala). A new formula dedicated to families is added to the existing possibilities, which offers the entry of 2 children under 12 accompanied by 2 adults at the special price of 10 euros. guided visits to the theater, lasting one hour for groups of no more than 5 people, which include the historic stages: they are scheduled from Tuesday to Saturday at 13.00 in Italian and at 16.00 in English, at a cost of 25 euros. A novelty are the museum + exhibition guided tours at the price of 15 euros, available every Saturday at 10.00 in English and at 15.00 in Italian.
The entrance to the museum takes place by reservation only or pre-purchase and an automatic counting system allows you to quota the entrances, which must not exceed 30 people every half hour. In compliance with the anti Covid-19 measures, the body temperature of visitors is measured at the entrance by means of a thermoscanner, while at the entrance, in the rooms, in the reduced and sanitizing liquid dispensers are available in the corridor leading to the stages. Visitors are required to wear the mask and, if possible, i gloves. For more information visit the site of the La Scala Theater Museum.