Coronavirus COVID-19 up dates
January 2021 calendar
with current changes due to Covid 19
Free admission to civic museums
every first Sunday of the month
Appropriate health measures
require the closure of the following exhibitions.
Some of them feature
online viewing only.
Duomo / Cathedral
Piazza Duomo 12 • M1/3 Duomo
1) Cathedral and Archaeological Area
Open: 09.00 -18.00. Last ticket at 17.00 every day; last admission 17.10
2) Museum and San Gottardo in Corte
Open every day except Wednesdays 10.00-18.00; (last ticket: 17.00; last admission: 17.10).
Open every day 09.00 -19.00. Last ticket at 18.00. Last admission at 18.10.
Evening opening Fri. – Sun. until 20.00. Last ticket at 19.00. Last admission at 19.10.
The lift service by the elevator is suspended.
The Fast Track service is suspended.
Tickets: https://www.duomomilano.it/it/buy-tickets/ (in Italian) €4-17
Booking: https://www.duomomilano.it/it/infopage/tour-individuali/34/ (in Italian)
Piazza Duomo 12 • M1, M3 Duomo
New Access Rules
New opening hours: Thurs. – Sun. 09.30 -19.30. Only Thurs. openuntil 22.30.
To access Palazzo Reale bookings are highly reccomended for single visitors, even for free exhibitions, while they remain mandatory for groups. Always consult the section Tickets and Booking
From the 29th of September it is also possible to buy tickets onsite: in this case, the entrance to the exhibition may involve waiting to respect the safety of the halls.
Full ticket € 14,00; Reduced ticket € 12,00; Season ticket Musei Lombardia € 10,00 valid also for Orticola’s members; Families with 1 or 2 adults, reduction for children aged 6 -14; under 6 free. Audio-guide included and pre-sale costs excluded. Some exhibitions could be free.
Until 14 February. “Prima, Donna” an extraordinary retrospective to remember the vision and the unconventional life of Margaret Bourke-White, one of the most representative and emblematic figures of photojournalism, an important photographer, a great woman. https://palazzorealemilano.it/en/mostre/margaret-bourke-white
Until 5 April. “Divine and avanguarde. Women’s art in Russia.” In collaboration with the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg. Around 90 masterpieces, 8 different sections and 2 major chapters. https://www.palazzorealemilano.it/en/mostre/women-russian-art
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
Via San Vittore 21 • M2 Sant’Ambrogio, buses 50, 58, 94
Open Thurs.15.00-21.00, Sat. and Sun. 10.00-19.00. Admission €7,50/10. To avoid any crowd, booking is mandatory: please show up on time. https://museoscienza.vivaticket.com/must/opentickets.html
Your body temperature will be measured before entering the museum. If it exceeds 37.5°C you will not be allowed to access the Museum.
During the visit you will be asked to always wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 2 meters between you and all other visitors and staff. At the entrance and inside the museum you will find sanitizing gel dispensers. All visitors must sanitize their hands before touching interactive installations and touchscreens within the exhibitions.
For safety reasons, lockers are not available at this time and it is forbidden to eat and drink within the museum premises. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Some permanent exhibitions: https://www.museoscienza.org/en/visiting
Leonardo da Vinci Galleries the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to Leonardo as engineer, humanist and nature explorer. A spectacular setting accompanies you on a journey that, starting from the Florence of the fifteenth century, traces the training of Da Vinci and the influence of Tuscan engineers up to his stay in the Milan of the Sforza. A journey through the art of war, work and production, flight, waterways and architecture that ends with a perspective on Da Vinci’s influence on Lombard Renaissance painting and an immersive installation dedicated to drawings of the last period of Da Vinci’s activity. More than 1,300 square meters and 170 historical models, works of art, antique volumes and installations that bring the exhibition’s narrative to life. https://www.museoscienza.org/en/leonardo/galleries
Moon rock. A piece of the Goodwill Rock, collected in 1972 by the astronauts of the Apollo 17, the last human mission on the Moon. It is a small rock with an immense value, maybe the most relevant symbol of humanity’s passion for exploration and for scientific and technological challenges. It was donated in 1973 by the American President Richard Nixon to the Italian Republic and later entrusted to the Museum. By studying it, scientists made hypothesis on the origin and nature of the Moon and caught a glimpse of the Solar System’s first instants. https://www.museoscienza.org/en/collection/objects/moon-rock
Vega launcher. The 1:1 scale model of the first Vega (VV01), a vector developed by the European Space Agency (ESA). About 30 meters high and with a mass of 137 tons, it is composed of 4 stages that can transport and release satellites of up to 2.000 kilograms. Unlike most small launchers, it can carry multiple loads into Space, placing them on different orbits. Vega was developed thanks to a collaboration between Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. The first launch took place on February 13, 2012. https://www.museoscienza.org/en/collection/objects/vega-launcher
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. https://www.museoscienza.org/en/offer/permanent-exhibitions/particle-physics
Prada – Luna Rossa. Inside the Aero-Naval Pavillion, the rigid wing catamaran AC72 which was a finalist in the selection regattas for the 34th America’s Cup challenge (San Francisco 2013).
Giovanni V. Schiaparelli’s Merz-Repsold Telescope. In 1886 – when it came to service at the Brera Astronomical Observatory in Milan – the Merz-Repsold telescope was the largest in Italy and one of the most important in the world. With this tool, Schiaparelli conducted his studies on Mars. He observed some structures – shaped like channels – on the surface of the planet. This ignited a debate on their very existence as well as on the possibility of living extra-terrestrial life on Mars.
Conte Biancamano ocean liner. Diving into history: the prestigious launch in 1925 in Scotland, the first journey on the Genoa-Naples-New York route, the voyages to South America and the Far East, the transport of U.S. troops during World War II, and the last trips. Today’s survivors are the ballroom and the bridge with the original equipment and some cabins, acquired by the Museum in the 1960s during the disarmament.
Viale Alemagna 6 • M1/2 Cadorna
Open: Wed. to Sun. – 12.00 – 20.00
Single ticket for all Triennale exhibitions €15
Since 1923, Triennale Milano is an international institution which organises exhibitions and events about design, architecture, visual arts and theatre.
The Terrazza Triennale restaurant. Open 12.00 – 01.00, an inn with a view, offering top quality cuisine and warm, friendly service. Admission free.
Caffè Giardino. A delightful wooden veranda with a large banqueting table. Perfect for an aperitif or an outdoor lunch, with salads, gastronomic focaccias and quintessentially Italian cirasci (rice cooked with Japanese technique but seasoned with Mediterranean taste). Admission free.
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.
Plan and book your visit: https://www.triennale.org/en/visit/plan-your-visit/
Permanent exhibition. “Museo del Design Italiano” a selection of the most iconic and representative pieces of Italian design, part of the 1,600 objects in the Triennale Collection. A selection by a scientific committee among the leading figures of Italian design and architecture, such as Magistretti, Castiglioni, Zanuso, Bellini.
Until 7 February. “Claudia Andujar, The Yanomami Struggle” Triennale Milano and the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain present the largest exhibition to date dedicated to the work and activism of Brazilian artist Claudia Andujar. For over five decades, she devotes her life to photographing and protecting the Yanomami, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous groups. While their territory is more than ever threatened today by illegal gold mining aggravated by the propagation of Covid-19, the exhibition has taken on renewed relevance in the context of the humanitarian and environmental crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. The exhibition, curated by Thyago Nogueira (head of thecontemporary photography department at the Instituto MoreiraSalles in Brazil), will focus on Andujar’s work from this period, bringing togetherover three hundred photographs, audiovisual installation as well as a series of Yanomami drawings and a movie.
Until 18 April. “Enzo Mari” an exhibition devoted to the work and ideas of one of the most important designers, artists, critics andtheorists. The show includes projects, models, drawings, and materials, from the Enzo Mari Archive, many of which have never been shown before. €8.50/10
As well as the permanent exhibitions:
The famous preparatory cardboard for the School of Athens by Raffaello, after four years of restoration, 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 strongly wanted the presence of a huge solid wooden table, created 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 turns the Sala V of Pinacoteca Ambrosiana into a silent and powerful School where the visitor can both admire the Cartoon and read and learn in 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
General info: http://www.gam-milano.com/en/info/hours-and-admission/
As a result of the new procedures of admission, as determined by the current health emergency, groups, guided tours and educational workshops are not allowed.
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!
Piazza della Scala 6 • M1 Duomo
Open: Tues. – Sun. 11.00 -19.00 (last entry 17.30). Closed on Mondays
Payments through POS contactless “Paygo” or the new smartphone app “JiffyPay”.
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!
The Vault. The interior, planned in the early years of the last century by Luca Beltrami, is dominated by a unique, symmetrical compositional design. It no longer contains safe-deposit boxes, it safeguards something equally valuable: about 500 paintings belonging to the Intesa Sanpaolo collection. https://www.gallerieditalia.com/en/milano-en-2/the-vault/
The Italian 19th Century. “Da Canova a Boccioni. Le collezioni della Fondazione Cariplo e di Intesa Sanpaolo” (“From Canova to Boccioni. The 19th Century in the Collections of Fondazione Cariplo and Intesa Sanpaolo”) spans an entire century in the history of art. https://www.gallerieditalia.com/en/milano-en-2/the-19th-century/
The Italian 20th Century. The collection widely showcases the events and protagonists of 20th century Italian art: from Boccioni’s four masterpieces to works by Balla, Carrà, de Chirico, Funi, Mafai, Sironi, Rosai, Spadini, Tosi, Zanini (in addition to a large presence of authors “regional” in scope whose works date back to the early 1900s), all the way down to the most sizeable section, which covers almost every single trend proposed in late 20th century Italian art. https://www.gallerieditalia.com/en/milano-en-2/the-20th-century/
Alessandro Manzoni’s Garden. Open to the public since 15th October 2015, the garden can be found between Casa del Manzoni and Palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi. Walking among the basswood and magnolia trees of this green patch in the heart of Milan, you might chance upon a contemporary art sculpture realised by Joan Miró, Giò Pomodoro, Jean Arp or Pietro Cascella. There is also a niche fountain with the bust of Alexander the Great, a symbol of prestige for the Anguissola line and a clear sign of Count Antonio Carlo’s passion for classical antiquities.
MUDEC Museo delle Culture
Largo delle Culture, corner between Via Tortona and Via Bergognone • M2 Porta Genova
Mudec Restaurant. Open Mon. 7.30 -22.30. Tues / Sat.12.30 – 14.30 / 19.30 – 22.30. Sund. closed
Reservations required online
Bistrot. Open Mon.- Sun. 8:00 – 17:00
Parking. Ample provision of 24hr covered parking. Fee charge per hour € 2,00
Until March 14th. “Robot. The human project.” From the first mechanical devices of ancient Greece to the new frontiers of Artificial Intelligence, man has always been attracted to the idea of creating an artificial fellow creature. The exhibition retraces the relationship between human beings and their doubles, revealing to the public the results achieved so far, the extraordinary technological developments and the frontiers of contemporary robotics and bionics.
Until January 10th. “Io Sono” (I am) by Luisa Menazzi Moretti. The exhibition comprises twenty large photographic portraits of refugees and asylum seekers, which the author has accompanied by a “book–legend”, a volume of unwritten pages, with a title and cover photograph dedicated to each person featured.
“Tina Modotti. Women, Mexico and freedom.” Tina Modotti, an Italian photographer, activist and actress, has left an indelible mark on the history of contemporary photography. Her famous shots, which make up the collections of the most important museums in the world, are the symbol of an emancipated and modern woman, whose photographic art is inextricably linked to her social commitment.
“Disney. The Art of Telling Timeless Stories”, The exhibition will illustrate Walt Disney’s masterpieces by bringing back the stories to their ancient origin of epical tradition: these are the myths, the medieval legends and the folklore, the fables and fairytales that have been for centuries the archetype narrative heritage of the different cultures of the world.
Pirelli Hangar Bicocca
Via Chiese 2 • M5 Ponale
Open, ensuring total safety during the visit, Fri.-Sun. 10.30 -20.30. Admission free
Open, Mon.-Wed. 11.00 – 15.00 Thu.-Sun.: 10.30 – 22.30
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, established in 2004, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art.
Permanent exhibition. Anselm Kiefer “The Seven Heavenly Palaces 2004-2015″ a site-specific installation, which presents seven towers—each of which weighs 90 tons and rises to heights varying between 14 and 18 meters—created from reinforced concrete using the angular construction modules of shipping containers. https://pirellihangarbicocca.org/en/anselm-kiefer/
Until 10th January 2021. Trisha Baga “the eye, the eye and the ear”, covers fifteen years of the artist production. Trisha Baga is one of the most innovative video-makers of her generation, combining different languages and other media, drawing from television and film imagery along with home movies. https://pirellihangarbicocca.org/en/exhibition/trisha-baga/
Until 21 February. “Short-circuits” solo show by Chen Zhen. An immersive exploration of the artist’s most significant works from 1991 to 2000. https://pirellihangarbicocca.org/en/exhibition/chen-zhen/
Museo del Novecento
Via Marconi 1 • M1, M3 Duomo
Actually open Tues.- Sun. 09.30 -19.30, Thurs. until 22.30.
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.
Until 31st January. “Aplomb” a series of ten watercolour drawings by Loris Cecchini recent work, which will become part of the museum’s collection.
Until 31st January. “Nobody’s room. Anzi, parla” (Nobody’s room. Actually, speak), is a project by Silvia Giambrone. A virtual and interactive exhibition hosted by the Google Arts & Culture platform and conceived as a work-in-progress.
Until 14th February. “L’immagine sottratta” (The stolen image) by Franco Guerzoni. Inside the Archives room, located on the fourth floor of the Museo, the exhibition continues the investigation carried out by the museum on the protagonists and movements that have marked the Italian art world in the second half of the twentieth century.
Piazza Cairoli • M1 Cairoli
Free entrance 07.00 – 19.30
All museums open Tues.- Sun. 09.00 -17.30. €3/5
Access to the exhibitions is limited due to the ongoing health emergency. We therefore recommend booking on the website www.milanocastello.it
Until 6 June. “Il corpo e l’anima, da Donatello a Michelangelo. Scultura italiana del Rinascimento” (The body and the soul, from Donatello to Michelangelo. Italian Renaissance sculpture). The exhibition, organized with the Louvre Museum, puts in dialogue the Italian Renaissance sculpture with other arts such as painting, drawing, objets, highlighting the main themes of Italian art in the second half of the fifteenth century, until the culmination of the Renaissance.
Fabbrica del Vapore
Via Procaccini 4 • M5 Monumentale
Open Mon-Sun 14-19.30. Admission free
Frida Kahlo exhibition: Mon. to Fri. 09.30-19.30; Sat. and Sun. 09.30-21.00. €10/18 www.ticketone.it. No reservation is required to purchase tickets, just go to the exhibition ticket office and access in compliance with the anti Covid regulations – 19
Until 28 March. “Frida Kahlo – Il caos dentro” (Frida Kahlo – The chaos inside) Frida Kahlo, the most famous Latin American painter of the twentieth century, represents a central figure of Mexican art; making her own the values of the Mexican Revolution, including her love for popular culture. Together with her husband Diego Rivera, one of the most important muralists in Mexico, they formed one of the most emblematic couples in the history of world art.
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
General info: https://web.comune.milano.it/dseserver/webcity/documenti.nsf/weball/1080BA0850607AF7C12570B300371910?opendocument (in Italian)
Permanent exhibition. Mineralogy, Paleontology, Natural history of man, Invertebrate zoology, Vertebrate Zoology.
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.
Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano
Via Jan 15 • M1 Lima
Open Tues-Sun 10.00-18.00. Admission free.
“Orienting with stars”. Thirty artworks including photographs, videos and installations, by nine authors: Marianne Bjørnmyr, Yorgos Yatromanolakis, Alessandra Baldoni, Joan Fontcuberta, Dacia Manto, Paola Mattioli, Occhiomagico (Giancarlo Maiocchi), Edoardo Romagnoli and Pio Tarantini). Six Italians and three foreigners, for a single story around the theme of the relationship between man, nature and the cosmos.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Via Alessandro Manzoni 12 • M3 Montenapoleone.
Open in compliance with the health regulations for the Corona Virus:
Your body temperature will be measured before entering the museum. If it exceeds 37.5°C you will not be allowed to access the Museum.
During the visit you will be asked to always wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 2 meters between you and all other visitors and staff.
Open: Wed. – Mon. 10.00 -13.00 / 14.00 – 18.00.
Last entrance at 17.30 pm.
Admission: Full €14; over 65 €10; reduced €6
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 artifacts 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.
A restored masterpiece. The famous painting “Madonna and Child” or “Madonna with the Sleeping Christ Child” is a tempera on canvas painting by Andrea Mantegna, recently restored by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florencei is now back on exhibiton.
Via Santa Marta 6 • M1 Cordusio
Open Mon. – Sat. 10.00 – 14.00 / 15.00 – 19.00. Admission free.
Via Cuneo 5 • M1 Wagner
Open Wed. – Sat. 10.30 – 14.00 / 15.00 – 19.00. Admission free.
Helmut Newton: “The iconic Nudes and Portraits” artworks who revolutionized the fashion photography of the 60s are back in the gallery! Five new photo-lithographs, all signed and dated in original on the back. Elegant, mysterious, erotic but never coarse:
Helmut Newton in his photographs managed to capture the essence of women. During his career he has shot for the most important magazines in the sector, such as Marie Claire, Vogue and Elle, he traveled the world and immortalized international top models.
Due to Covid 19
what should you know if you are in Milano?
1) transfers by trains traveling within the Lombardy Region are regular.
2) having a fever higher than 37.5° you are strongly recommended to stay at home and to inform your doctor
3) if you are subjected to quarantine or you are positive for the virus you must stay at home.
Cultural shows and recreational circles are allowed to reopen normally.
and are obliged to:
1) privilege access by reservation if they have tables with seats
2) if they do not have seats, they must allow entry to a limited number of customers at a time
3) where possible set up outdoor spaces such as gardens, terraces, stalls, always respecting the the droplet criterion (at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance
4) accept payments by visa card only
5) make available free hydro-alcoholic solutions for hand hygiene.
Museums, archives, libraries, historic places, monuments and other cultural activities
are open and obliged to:
1) define, publish and communicate a specific access plan for visitors, such as opening days, times, maximum number of visitors, booking system, etc.
2) make available free hydro-alcoholic solutions for hand hygiene.
3) accept online or telephone reservations with a maximum number of visitors and regulate access in order to avoid gathering conditions.
4) accept payments by visa card only 5) live shows are admitted in the absence of an audience only.
Lots of museums and exhibitions are organising activities on their social media pages to entice followers to tour their arts virtually. Please visit their websites for further information on the initiatives.