Milanese museums have developed strategies for the digital sharing of their collections. They now offer many activities dedicated to both adults and children, with creative guides to the personal study of art history. Here are our top museums to explore online.
Castello Sforzesco Museums
You can visit Castello Sforzesco virtually, its secret itineraries, and the masterpieces of the Municipal Collections preserved in its rooms, thanks to a collaborative project between Google and the Castle Museums. In the app Google Arts&Culture you will find 8 themed stories and 288 insights on individual works, created by the Castle's experts, plus 12 virtual tours that will allow you to preview the Castle and better plan your future visit, with in addition endless links to other works and other museums thanks to the indexing of each element.
Every day on the social channels of the Castle (Facebook and Instagram) videos presenting works housed in the Museums and panoramic shots of the Castle itself are published.
Finally, you can find here the link to the libraries (the most beautiful images taken from the graphic collections of the City of Milano are accessible online) and the digital archives of the Castle (in the section FotografieInComune you can view more than 57,000 images preserved in the Municipal Historical Collections).
The Last Supper
An app guides you to the discovery of the famous Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, The Last Supper, within the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie complex: you can find the Android version here, while the IOS version at this link.
Pinacoteca di Brera
Pinacoteca di Brera offers on its website the review of 669 works and a very high definition virtual tour that allows you to admire its masterpieces by artists such as Raphael, Bellini and Caravaggio. Consider that this digitization campaign offers an aesthetic approach that improves direct vision: having the opportunity to enlarge the image up to 40 times, you can observe details otherwise invisible to the human eye.
On the Ambrosiana Gallery website you can find a digital catalogue, a digital library and the possibility to take a Virtual Tour.
National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci
The Leonardo da Vinci Museum proposes various digital insights: discover the #storieaportechiuse archive and all the news on the official website.
Municipal Museum of Natural History
The Municipal Archaeological Museum’s website is also very rich. In the Le Collezioni section, it offers interesting insights into the important antiquities from Milano's distant past it exhibits.
The Museum is also equipped with educational games for children to download for free, in order to entertain them and bring them closer to archaeology.
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
On its Facebook profile, the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum reports anecdotes, curiosities and many photographs of its stunning exhibits.
Poldi Pezzoli Museum
In addition to what it publishes on Instagram, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum is on Facebook and Youtube, where you will also find the #PoldiPezzoliStories project videos.
Palazzo Morando and Museum of Risorgimento
You can browse the very rich collection of costumes kept in Palazzo Morando on MeBic's website, confirming that Milano was and remains the city of fashion.
MeBic also houses a section dedicated to Palazzo Moriggia - Museum of Risorgimento, to be consulted if you want to expand your knowledge of that seminal Italian historical period.
GAM - Modern Art Gallery and Boschi Di Stefano House-Museum
In the "Collections" section of GAM's official website, by accessing "Exhibition itinerary", you can visit the rooms of Milano Galleria di Arte Moderna (Modern Art Gallery). GAM is also present on Google Arts&Culture, where you can admire over 150 works, access virtual exhibitions and visit some of its spaces. Finally, by downloading this same app, you can be a virtual guest of the Boschi Di Stefano House-Museum.
Thanks to Google Street View you can live a very impressive virtual experience by visiting Gallerie d'Italia in Milano: you will be able to admire some of the permanent collection artworks and reach the lower floor to explore the vault.
Villa Necchi Campiglio
Villa Necchi Campiglio, an artistic treasure protected by FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano (Italian Environmental Trust) since 2001, is a refined house of the Thirties by the famous architect Piero Portaluppi, with a delightful garden which is always open and precious furnishings that faithfully recreate the atmosphere of lively worldliness between the Wars. In a harmonious fusion of art and ease, the Villa houses the Alighero and Emilietta de Micheli, Claudia Gian Ferrari and Guido Sforni collections. You can access the virtual tour of the Villa through this link.
Museo Teatrale alla Scala
You can follow the Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum) on the Instagram profile (don't miss the "Maria Callas alla Scala" video) and on the Facebook page. By activating the program "A spasso per l'App" (Walking around the App) you can virtually explore the rooms of the Museum.
Museo del Novecento
Museo del Novecento, in addition to the vast digital offer on its social channels, is on Google Arts&Culture with 7 stories and several virtual visits. First-rate audiovisual contributions are collected here, such as the video biographies of Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana, or the museum masterpieces' top 10.
Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Mudec - Museum of Cultures has a rich multimedia offer, pursuing its pedagogical and cultural mission. It offers plenty of suggestions through its social channels Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and on the official website.
“Finite Rants” is an online project curated by Luigi Alberto Cippini and Niccolò Gravina, a series of 8 visual essays commissioned by Fondazione Prada to filmmakers, artists, intellectuals and scholars. The visual contributions featured in “Finite Rants” analyze social, political and cultural issues that have emerged in our present time and are normally addressed by the media with a documentary approach. Through the creation, editing and post-production of raw, heterogeneous and diverse images and visual materials, the authors are able to express personal visions and poetics that involve the viewer in both active and reflective role.
On the Foundation's official website you can find out more about the multidisciplinary project "Human Brains" and listen to the contents of "Readings", a sound anthology (in the form of podcasts) composed of study texts, critical essays and short stories, which collects the editorial activity of Fondazione Prada from 2012 to the present.
This Milanese contemporary art Hub continues its dialogue with visitors as well: for the Hangar it is a further proof of adherence to the hashtag that has always distinguished its communication activity: #ArtToThePeople. The Museum proposes many different opportunities: from playlists to initiatives dedicated to children, from insights available on its website to virtual tours by Google Arts&Culture.
Triennale Milano - Palazzo dell'Arte
Triennale Milano changes from a physical space of cultural production to a permanently accessible digital hub through Triennale Upside Down, that collects ideas about new exhibitions, Museo del Design Italiano, the Triennale Milano Theatre’s program, events and activities. An articulated and constantly evolving schedule of videos, podcasts, guided tours, educational activities, meetings, performances and masterclasses: the online proposal of Triennale offers opportunities for exploration, inspiration and escape.
PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion
PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (Contemporary Art Pavilion) is active on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels. It is still possible to access the Digital Family Labs - short videos conceived as a web extension of the family workshops that the Milanese space has been organizing for several year - and PAC Live Performance, a collection of live performances carried out at the Pavilion.
Maua - Augmented Reality Urban Art Museum
Maua (Augmented Reality Urban Art Museum) is an open-air museum, out of the beaten paths and outside of the city center, that presents 119 surprising street artworks and murals, scattered between Milano, Turin and Palermo. The experience is augmented by the digital medium: once on the spot, you can frame the painting with a smartphone, and it will be transformed into a digital artwork, animated in augmented reality.
But you can also visit the Museum from home: go to https://mauamuseum.com/works/ with your computer or tablet, click on a work, frame the screen with your smartphone - on which you have to install the app Bepart - and you’ll see it come alive!
Aquarium and Civic Hydrobiological Station of Milano
Milano's splendid Municipal Aquarium offers a renovated site with many proposals dedicated to children, galleries on underwater life and educational projects.
Reggia di Monza
Reggia di Monza is waiting for you with many online activities.
#Losapeviche (#Didyouknowthat): by visiting the Facebook and Instagram pages of Villa Reale di Monza you can discover several anecdotes, behind the scenes curiosities and thematic insights. The Royal Palace of Monza is also present on Twitter and you can find out more on its YouTube channel. With Google Arts&Culture you can experience a virtual visit to the Royal Villa and its magnificent gardens thanks to Google Street View technology.
You can stay updated on the activities promoted by the Royal Palace of Monza through its newsletter.