10 museums in Milan to visit absolutely

10 museums in Milan to visit absolutely
10 museums in Milan to visit absolutely

Milano, far from being only the Italian economic capital, it also boasts many artistic beauties and a vast and very rich museum network. There are many museums that can be visited in the city, places that tell the culture, history and society of the country or dedicated to art, from the dawn to the contemporary with a very precious heritage. Let’s try to find out some of the major places of interest offered in the Milanese city to visit absolutely at least once in a lifetime.

The most interesting Milanese museums

The Brera Art Gallery

Among the most fascinating places there is undoubtedly the Pinacoteca di Brera which collects masterpieces of Italian and foreign art ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth century in the building that also houses the headquarters of the Academy of Fine Arts. The museum was born by the will of Napoleon Bonaparte as a collection of the most important works to be used for the training of students, and for this reason it contains masterpieces of Italian painting that come from churches and convents. The great novelty of the Pinacoteca compared to other Italian museums lies in the fact that the origin is not that of the private collection, but comes from a state political initiative.

The Gallery of Modern Art

The museum houses the largest collection of nineteenth-century works and to realize this, just take a look at some of the preserved works and their authors: Francesco Hayez, Pompeo Marchesi, Andrea Appiani, Pellizza da Volpedo and many others. Works that make it one of the most interesting places in the city.

The Civic Museum of Natural History

It is one of the most important naturalistic museums in Europe founded in 1838. The museum was born thanks to the donation of the Milanese collector Giuseppe De Cristofori and the botanist Giorgio Jan. The opening to the public dates back to 1844, since then the museum has grown to so much so that it now consists of 23 showrooms that contain nearly 3 million pieces.

The Museum of the Twentieth Century

Housed inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario and the Palazzo Reale, the museum is a permanent exhibition of 20th century works of art. About 400 works are visible starting from 1902 with spaces dedicated to futurism, metallics and poor art with paintings by Boccioni, Pellizza da Volpedo, Modigliani, De Chirico and Fontana.

The Museum of the Risorgimento

It is an exhibition space born in 1886 and entirely dedicated to the Risorgimento era, it is located in the Moriggia palace and illustrates the history of Italy that goes from 1796 to 1870.

The Mudec

The Museum of Cultures of Milan is an exhibition center very recently born (in 2014) with the aim of enhancing the cultures of the world. In the Museum there are exhibits and a collection of ethnographic and anthropological collections of the Municipality of Milan and over time it has also become an exhibition center for temporary exhibitions and events.

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The Civic Aquarium

But Milan is not only a space for history and culture, but also for nature. And among the places to be compulsorily included in a visit to the Lombard city there is also the Civic Aquarium located in the Sempione Park area. It was established in 1906 on the occasion of the International Exhibition and has remained the only pavilion not to be dismantled after the event. It offers a complete view of the Italian freshwater and marine aquatic environments.

Il Muba

But there is also room for the little ones with the Children’s Museum of Milan, a center for the development and dissemination of cultural projects dedicated to childhood which aims to promote in children an open view of the world.

Milan world

Space also for the world of sport with a museum dedicated to the Rossoneri team, an exhibition experience that spectacularly tells all the history and achievements of the club with historical relics and interactive technologies.

The La Scala Theater Museum

Art, painting, history but obviously in Milan a visit to the Teatro alla Scala Museum is also a must, an institution that houses a collection of paintings related to the world of opera and theater, such as letters, autographs, ancient musical instruments and scenographic sketches.

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