Please note that opening times and fees could be changed without notice.
Any last minute changes will be highlighted in yellow whenever possible.
On Sunday 2nd June all the following public museums are free: Castello Sforzesco, Museo del Novecento, GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Acquario, Museo Archeologico, Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Studio Museo Francesco Messina, Palazzo Morando, Palazzo Moriggia , Cenacolo Vinciano (booking required), Pinacoteca di Brera, Gallerie d’Italia
The new multilingual edition with over 78 places, such as museums and exhibition spaces that are run by the City Council or other public institutions, illustrated, in a handy pocket format is now available free of charge in all tourist offices.
Tourist Museum Card
A useful tool that provides access to the Sforza Castle Museums, the Museo del Novecento, the Modern Art Gallery, the Archaeological Museum, the Natural History Museum and all Civic Aquarium. The card can be purchased online (link in the ContactMI section) and at the ticket offices of the civic museums. 12€.
Piazza Duomo 12 • M1, M3 Duomo
Open Mon 14.30-19.30; Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30-19.30; Thurs, Sat 9.30-22.30.
Tickets: €10/12 + €1.50 fee for online reservations. The ticket office closes one hour before exhibition closing time. For reservations visit www.vivaticket.it
Until 2 June. “Antonello da Messina. Dentro la pittura.” Over 20 works by the great Renaissance painter: among them the Annunciata, an authentic icon, the synthesis of Antonello’s art; the elegant St. Augustine, St. Jerome and St. Gregory the Great, all coming from Palazzo Abatellis of Palermo; the famous “Portrait of a Man” with his enigmatic smile, on loan from the Fondazione Culturale Mandralisca di Cefalù. Two other masterpieces come from the National Gallery in London: the San Girolamo in the studio and the blessing Christ; the Crucifixion is on loan from the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu in Romania; the list goes on: the Portrait of a Youth from the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the enchanting Madonna and Child from the National Gallery in Washington; “Portrait of a Young Man” from the Berlin State Museum; the outstanding triptych with the Madonna and Child and the “San Giovanni Battista and the San Benedetto” from the Uffizi Gallery; “Portrait of a young gentleman” from the Malaspina Pinacoteca di Pavia; the famous “Ecce Homo” (Christ at the Column) from the Collegio degli Alberoni of Piacenza. Last but not least, the “Portrait of a Man” from the Galleria Borghese in Rome and the poetic Christ in piety supported by three angels from the Correr Museum in Venice.
Until 23 June. “Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and life at the time of Napoleon” One hundred and fifty works that highlight the modernity of Ingres’ artistic production between 1780 and 1820. The French artist lived and worked for a long time in Milan, one of the most important centres of Napoleonic Europe. The exhibition brings out the revolutionary scope of the “painter of the odalisques”, realist and mannerist at the same time, famous for his painting “Napoleon in sacred costume”.
Until 7 July. “Il Meraviglioso Mondo della Natura. A fable between art, myth and science.” On show the “Ciclo di Orfeo”, a unique jewel of the seventeenth century until now exhibited at Palazzo Sormani, here revived in its original form and sequence. Nature also finds space through over 160 specimens of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and invertebrates from the Museum of Natural History, from the Aquarium of Milan and from the MUSE of Trento. A spectacular set-up that includes the “Canestra di frutta” by Caravaggio and the “Metallic plate with peaches” by Giovanni Ambrogio Figino.
Viale Alemagna 6 • M1/2 Cadorna
Open Tues-Sun 10.30-20.30, Thurs until 23.00, Mon closed.
This venue is itself an interesting piece of architecture, designed by Giovanni Muzio and built in 1931-33 specifically for exhibitions. The Torre Branca nearby offers the chance to see Milan from about 100 metres up, at certain times of day and in the evening.
New permanent exhibition. The sculpture “Cavalletto” in bronze and varnish by Gianfranco Ferroni is now permanently placed in the foyer of the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte.
New permanent exhibition. The 7 metres tall marble sculpture “Il Seme dell’Altissimo” by Emilio Isgrò, previously placed at the 2015 Expo grounds entrance, has now been placed near the Triennale in the Sempione Park. On show a selection from Isgrò’s archives of fashion, furnishings, films, graphic works, publications, along with a monumental sculpture.
Until 1st September. “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” an exhibiton to browse, listen and measure in which exploration becomes a memorable experience. An opportunity to discover numbers, creativity, logic and fertile contamination between areas of different thoughts that have always characterized the strength of polytechnic thought. 22 International participations covering all continents offering a diversified proposal in terms of themes, perspectives, contexts and origins.
Austria presents the project “Circular Flows. The Toilet Revolution” which is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum, Milan.
The German exhibition space is set up by the famous Italian German filmmaker Armin Linke with the curation of Anselm Franke in the exceptional sculptural structure of the double staircase designed in 1963 by Carlo Ramous for the XIII Triennale and forgotten ever since.
Piazza Pio XI° 2 • M1/3 Duomo
Open: Tues-Sun 08.30-19. Mon closed. Admission €10/20.
As well as the permanent exhibitions:
The famous preparatory cardboard for the School of Athens by Raffaello, after four years of restoration, it is back in a new layout inside room 5 of the Picture Gallery. In this regard the architect Stefano Boeri stated: “In the room that hosts the Cartoon of Raphael, we deeply wanted the presence of a huge solid wooden table, realized by Riva1920 from a 150 years old oak, because we believed that the space of contemplation of the extraordinary drawing that represents a School could become a School itself. The big didactic table transforms the Sala V of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in a silent and powerful School where the visitor can both admire the Cartoon and read and learn on historical books that deal in detail with its history, origin and deep meaning”. The video in English at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na0JoPvLiug
For the safety of this painting the largest single-door window in the world has been set up. Structural engineers, mechanical engineers and kinematics experts have been called upon to resolve some critical issues, such as stability, safety, air and humidity resistance.
GAM Galleria Arte Moderna
Via Palestro 16 • M1 Palestro
Open Tues-Sun 9.00-17.30. €3/5
Permanent exhibitions. The rooms of this beautiful royal villa feature a large selection of artworks by Giovanni Fattori, Silvestro Lega, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Francesco Hayez, Pompeo Marchesi, Andrea Appiani, Tranquillo Cremona, Giovanni Segantini, Federico Faruffini, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Antonio Canova, Daniele Ranzoni, Medardo Rosso, and Gaetano Previati. Worth a visit!
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21 • M2 Sant’Ambrogio, buses 50, 58, 94
Open Tues-Fri 10-18, Sat and Sun 10-19. Admission €7,50/10.
Saturdays and Sundays. With a ticket for the museum, visitors can take guided tours, in Italian with a translation on request, of the Galleria Leonardo and also of the collections of trains, ships and planes in the Transport section. There are currently three unique automobiles on display: the Bianchi 8HP, the Alfa Romeo Zagato 8C and the Bisiluro DaMolNar, symbols of the tradition that has turned Italian cars into world famous icons.
Permanent exhibition. “Extreme”, in partnership with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and INFN (National Institute of Nuclear Physics,) is a fascinating research area that explores matter in its most infinitesimal components. The exhibition reveals what goes on inside the laboratories of two of the largest research institutions that carry out experiments related to particle physics.
Permanent exhibition. “I.Lab Leonardo.” In the run-up to the celebrations of Leonardo’s 500th death anniversary in 2019, a new area brings Leonardo’s work to light from a historical point of view, but above all explores his way of working, aiming to stimulate visitors to think out of the box. The new laboratory is divided into two areas: a workshop space, dedicated to the machines and the shipyard where visitors can experiment, disassemble and build Leonardo’s machines, and an Atelier space on arts and apprenticeship.
Inside the Aero-Naval Pavillion. “Luna Rossa,” the rigid wing catamaran AC72 which was a finalist in the selection regattas for the 34th America’s Cup challenge (San Francisco 2013).
Piazza della Scala 6 • M1 Duomo
The Gallery and the library open Tue-Sun 9.30-19.30; Thurs until 22.30; closed Mon. €3/5/10.
5 May free admission (first Sunday of the month),
12 May reduced admission for mothers (Mother’s Day)
Coffee shop opens from 8.00 to 22.30.
For the openings during the festivities see www.gallerieditalia.com, or call 800.167619
Payments through POS contactless “Paygo” or the new smartphone app “JiffyPay”.
Staff wearing the ChiediMI badge are available to give free tours around each room to illustrate the museum spaces. Audioguides in nine languages are also available for free.
Permanent exhibitions. The sumptuous palace belonging to the Intesa Sanpaolo bank holds a large number of artworks ranging from the 19th (197 from Canova to Boccioni) to the 20th century (189 from the Second World War on). Worth a visit!
Museo di Storia Naturale
Corso Venezia 55 • M1 Palestro, tram 9, 29, 30 Passante Porta Venezia
Open Tues-Sun, 09.00-17.30, Mon closed. €3/5
Permanent exhibition. This is the biggest museum in Italy and boasts 23 halls with about 700 window cases. Make sure to pay a visit to the fauna and flora gallery: its 83 dioramas, 6 of which are brand new, have been created precisely for the protection of the species on display, some of which are already on the brink of extinction.
Museo del Novecento
Via Marconi 1 • M1, M3 Duomo
Open Mon. 14.30-19.30, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30-19.30, Thurs, Sat 9.30-22.30 €3/5
Permanent exhibitions. This museum is housed in the pre-Fascist era Palazzo dell’Arengario, designed by the famous architects Griffini, Magistretti, Muzio and Portaluppi. It houses a collection of more than 4,000 contemporary works of art.
Via Chiese 2 • M5 Ponale
Open Thurs-Sun 11.30-19.00, Thurs until 22.30. Admission free
- Permanent exhibition. “I Sette Palazzi Celesti” a site-specific installation by Anselm Kiefer with five large paintings and seven “heavenly towers” which are part of a single artwork.
- Until 21 July. “Cittàdimilano” solo show by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, who lives and works in Venice and Amsterdam. Calò is one of the leading Italian artists of his generation. His works include sculptures, large-scale site-specific installations, and architectural interventions that transform fragments of buildings or entire landscapes by using highly symbolic, natural elements such as water and fire.
• Until 15th September. “Remains” solo show by Sheela Gowda from Bangalore, one of the contemporary art leading names in India. On this occasion her work ranges from 1996 to the present time, including watercolours, prints, and site-specific installations from drawing, to sculpture, to large-scale installation, and involves the use of materials that often convey cultural values linked to the context they stem from.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Alessandro Manzoni 12 • M3 Montenapoleone.
Open Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00, closed Mon Tickets: €8
New permanent exhibition. On the occasion of the opening of three new rooms, three collections are being exhibited that have never been shown to the public before. In the first room, an exceptional collection of watches from the 16th to the 20th centuries, similar to those of the Louvre in Paris, of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York and of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva. In the second room a collection of archaeological finds, a significant ceramic nucleus of IV-III century BC. In the third room, 18th century china artefacts by European manufacturers. The works made in Meissen are outstanding.
Recent acquisitions. The archaeological section, with about two hundred finds collected by the Poldi Pezzoli family, has been recently enriched by two new acquisitions. One of them is a male head in metal from the Greek Roman period, which documents the collecting trends of the nineteenth century European scene which then continued on to the twentieth century.
Museo di Milano
Via Sant’Andrea 6 • M1 San Babila
Open Tues-Sun 9.30-13, 14-17.30, Mon closed. Info: tel. 0288446056/7.
This Museum, in the heart of the fashion district, is housed in an 18th century building, Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini, whose exterior has been recently restored. Its collections present the history of Milan in the 18th and 19th centuries, with paintings, documents, prints etc. The period furnishings contribute to the overall atmosphere.
Until 29 November. Rosanna Schiaffino’s wardrobe is on show for the first time. 40 dresses retrace the career and the fancy changes of the actress: from pin-up style to the elegance by Forquet, Marucelli, Yves Saint-Laurent, Valentino and Ferré.
Until 30 June. “Imagine. Living through fashion and music” by Bob Krieger. On show advertising photos from the 60′s to the 90′s by the major Italian designers such as Armani, Ferré, Missoni, Valentino, Versace, Biagiotti, Curiel, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi.
Until 30 June. “Merletti e Design. Intrecci creativi a Cantù dal ‘900 a oggi (Lace and Design. Creative weaving in Cantù from the 1900s to the present). Palazzo Morando, via Sant’Andrea 6 • M3 Montenapoleone
Piazza Cairoli • M1 Cairoli
Admission to the courtyards free. Admission to the exhibitions €3/5
Guided tours in English every Saturday at 15.00. Advance booking is recommended. The tour is confirmed with any number of participants. If you haven’t booked in advance, you can join the group at the Main Entrance, near the Ticket Desk, at 14.45. €8. Infos and booking: https://bit.ly/2LyT7GL
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Via Mozart 12/14 • M1 Palestro
Open Wed-Sun 10.00-18.00. €4/9.
• Until September. “La stanza di Filippo de Pisis. Luigi Vittorio Fossati Bellani e la sua collezione” (The Filippo de Pisis room. Luigi Vittorio Fossati Bellani and his collection). The exhibition brings together for the first time the art works that Fossati Bellani had collected and set up in his home in Rome, as a tribute to his passion for the paintings by Filippo de Pisis, which he loved to combine with the refined canvases by Savinio, Rosai and de Witt.
Grossetti Arte Contemporanea
Piazza XXV Aprile, 11/b, walk down the central staircase
Open. Tues. Sat 11-13; 14-19. Admission free
Collection in progress. “Rest.” Artworks by the Swedish artist Mats Bergquist flanked by others artists such as Gastini, Dadamaino, Calderara, Nigro, Aricò, Spagnulo and Carrino. An entire wall is dedicated to the works by the young artists Tancredi Mangano.
Corso di Porta Nuova 38 • M3 Turati
Open 10-19 Sun. and Mon. closed
Until 28 June. Solo show by world-renowned American artist Dan Flavin, whose main interest is light installations. Flavin’s practice focuses on how light can transform environments and exhibition spaces.
Museo di Leonardo
Le Sale del Re, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, corner
Piazza della Scala • M1/3 Duomo
Open every day, 10.00-23.00. €11/12
Guided tours in Italian and English every Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 11.30
Permanent exhibition. Multidisciplinary exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, the iconic engineer and artist who left 120 volumes and 5,000 pages of drawings, most of which are still to be interpreted. The exhibition features discoveries, world premieres and interactive activities, focusing on his writings, projects and studies for various machines and the methodology used for two of his most important works, which were created in Milan: The Last Supper and “Leonardo’s Horse” dedicated to Francesco Sforza.
Zazà Ramen noodle bar & restaurant
Via Solferino 48 • M2 Moscova/M3 Turati
Open Mon-Sun 12.00-15.00/19.00-23.00
- Until 4 October. Zazà Ramen presents a site-specific installation by Paris based artist, Rafael Yossef Herman, who portrays the hidden existence of nocturnal darkness, enabling the viewer to experience a visual sensation that would be impossible to experience with simple human sight. Through his works the artist creates a new reality depicting trees, paths, and clearings in the forests or open fields with flowers. The use of nature is a practical tool rather than the work’s main subject, which is light, absence, and the psychology of vision.
Piazza Borromeo 12 • M1 Cordusio
Open Mon.-Thurs. 10.00-18.00; Fri. 10.00-17.00
• Until 26 July. “Il tempo è un bambino che gioca” (Time is a child who plays). On show – inside the palace and especially in The Games Room, which preserves the mid-1400s frescoes by the Games Master Borromeo – several sculptures and a site-specific installation by the artist Mattia Bosco.
Via Bonaventura Cavalieri 6 • M3 Turati
Open Tues.-Sat 11.00-19.00. Admission free.
- Until 20 July. “In-Origine” a two-artist show by the photographer Filippo Armellin and the sculptor Mattia Bosco, who perform two different styles and dialogue about the origin, offering a visual experience on the theme of beginning.