The greatest Milanese museums have developed in these days some interesting strategies of digital sharing not only of their collections, but of their philosophy and their approach to beauty and urban planning as well. There are so many activities dedicated to both children and adults with creative guides to the personal study of art history. Here are our top museums to explore (virtually) in these days, waiting for a return to analogical visits. The hashtag to check out on the Instagram is: #museichiusimuseiaperti.

 

Castello Sforzesco Museums

You can visit virtually Castello Sforzesco, 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, 12 virtual tours that will allow you to preview the Castle and better plan your future visit, 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) are published videos presenting works preserved in the Museums and panoramic shots of the structure.

In addition, you can access the virtual guide to the exhibition "Una scrittura allo specchio. Leonardo da Vinci. The secrets of the left hand" set up in the Treasury Hall of the Castle.

Finally, here you can find the link to the libraries (the most beautiful images taken from the graphic collections of the City of Milano accessible online) and the digital archives of the Sforza Castle (in the section FotografieInComune you can view more than 57,000 images preserved in the Municipal Historical Collections).

The Last Supper

On the Youtube channel of MiBACT (the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage) an incredible video allows you to follow the progress of restoration work on Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper - at the Cenacolo, by the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera offers on its website a virtual tour in very high definition that allows you to admire the masterpieces it houses by authors such as Raphael, Bellini and Caravaggio. Consider that this campaign of digitization offers an aesthetic approach that improves the "live" vision: having the opportunity to enlarge the image up to 40 times, you can observe details otherwise invisible to the human eye.

Ambrosiana Gallery

On the Ambrosiana Gallery website you can find a digital catalogue, a digital library and the possibility to take a Virtual Tour.

GAM 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

Palazzo Morando and Museum of Risorgimento

You can browse the endless collection of costumes kept in Palazzo Morando on MeBic's website, confirming that Milano 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 on that lively Italian historical period.

Reggia di Monza

Reggia di Monza is waiting for you with many online activities! Here is a short extract.

Blossoms in Reggia - Instagram photo contest: from March 2 to May 31, 2020, Reggia di Monza launches a new photo contest, focused on spring blooms and herbaceous botanical collections, to enhance and promote the floral essences of the territory and discover their secret stories.

#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 about it. The Royal Palace of Monza is also present on Twitter and you can find out more on its YouTube channel.

You can stay updated on the activities promoted by the Royal Palace of Monza through the newsletter.

 

National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum has launched the digital format summarized by the hashtag #storieaportechiuse, focusing on an innovative idea of storytelling, alternative to a traditional visit with a didactic approach. The museum offers many new daily columns to narrate its "behind the scenes" with raids on the storerooms, curiosities about the functioning of educational and laboratory activities, in-depth analysis of current scientific topics, the institution's archival material and, of course, the genius of da Vinci.

 

Archaeological Museum

The Municipal Archaeological Museum’s website is also very rich. In Le Collezioni ("The Collections") section, it offers interesting insights into the prestigious Milanese antiquities it exhibits

The Museum is also equipped to propose educational games to download for free, in order to entertain children, and bring them closer to archaeology. Here you will find three games (attachments) to print and color, but check out the Instagram profile of the Museum to find out if new activities are published!

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Museo Teatrale alla Scala

Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum) proposes a calendar of digital events dedicated to young and old, accessible on the website, on Instagram and on the newly opened Facebook page.

Every Sunday, actress Augusta Gori conducts the cycle “Museo Kids” ("Kids Museum"), inaugurated on March 29 with the story “Perché nacque la Scala!” ("Why the Scala was born!") and dedicated to stories, fairy tales, anecdotes and mysteries inspired by Teatro alla Scala. The appointment is at 10 a.m. on @museoscala IGTV and on Facebook.

Wednesday is the day of documentaries made on the occasion of the exhibitions held at the Museum in recent years and inspired by great artists: the one on Maestro Toscanini is available online from March 27, while “Mario Botta alla Scala” has been broadcast Wednesday 1 April, birthday of the great architect. The appointment is at 10 a.m. on @museoscala IGTV and on Facebook: don’t miss the episode"Maria Callas alla Scala" published on Wednesday 15 April!

Every Friday you can activate the program "A spasso per l'App" ("Walking around the App") and explore virtually the rooms of the Museum by downloading the dedicated App and following its routes.

Mudec (Museum of Cultures)

Mudec (Museum of Cultures) is also aiming to strengthen its multimedia offer, perpetuating its pedagogical and cultural mission. Every day Mudec is offering through its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social channels several special contents. "Through video clips, animated cards, funny posts, video interviews and previews" - write the Museum's staff - we tell the secrets of the Permanent Collection's secrets, of the profiles of the greatest artists hosted in our exhibitions and the most exciting stories that have characterized the museum's life, of the next exhibitions that Mudec will reserve to its visitors. We will dedicate within the week a space for Kids (forbidden to adults!) where children can try their hand at games and artistic activities, we will suggest gourmet recipes from the world with Chef Enrico Bartolini and much more".

Finally, don’t miss the Instagram stories about Elliot Erwitt's photo exhibition, dedicated to different types of family.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada also seeks to transform a period of crisis into an opportunity for in-depth study through the creation of new digital languages to guarantee continuous communication and produce a cultural impact on the city. Many initiatives can be accessed: "Glossary" and "Readings" allow for a critical exploration of the Foundation's archive and publications; "Accademia Aperta" (Open Academy) is dedicated to children; then there are virtual visits - labeled "Innerviews" - finally, the "Outer Views", where the vision is widened to what concerns the Prada brand outside its premises, particularly by documenting the Maison’s scientific and exhibitive contribution to foreign institutions and museums.

Hangar Bicocca

Even the great milanese contemporary art Hub continues in these days an interesting dialogue with visitors through its social channels. For the Hangar is a way of further compliance to the hashtag of art's democratization that has always distinguished its communication activity: #ArtToThePeople. The initiatives proposed by the museum are the most varied: from playlists, to initiatives dedicated to children guided by the hashtag #ArtToTheKids. Among the most interesting activities we point out Public Program/Trisha Baga (#AskTrisha): a project carried out with the artist Trisha Baga, that will answer the users' questions in order to introduce them in the most direct way possible to her artistic universe, permeated by a very strong humanitarian commitment in these last years.

PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion

Moving on to contemporary art, PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea (Contemporary Art Pavilion) responds to the call #museichiusimuseiaperti dedicating itself to children with "Family Lab Digitali", short videos conceived as a web extension of workshops for families that the Milanese space has been organizing for years. The same artists who have previously exhibited here take care of the digital laboratories, visible on the Instagram, Facebook and YouTube channels 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 5 stories and 11 virtual visits. Here are collected beautiful audiovisual contributions, such as the video biographies of Umberto Boccioni and Lucio Fontana, or the top 10 of the masterpieces housed inside.

 

 

 

 

 

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 always open garden and precious furnishings that faithfully recreates the atmosphere of lively worldliness between the Wars. In a harmonious fusion of art and tranquility, the Villa houses the collections Alighero and Emilietta de Micheli, Claudia Gian Ferrari and Guido Sforni.

Gallerie d'Italia

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 works of the permanent collection and reach the lower floor to explore the vault.

Poldi Pezzoli Museum

Poldi Pezzoli Museum has launched the initiative #PoldiPezzoliStories, accessible on the Museum’s Instagram, Facebook and Youtube channels.

Maua - Augmented Reality Urban Art Museum

Maua (Augmented Reality Urban Art Museum) is an open-air museum, outside the usual paths and out of the city center, that presents 119 surprising street art works and murals, scattered between Milano, Turin and Palermo. The experience is augmented by the digital medium: once on the place, you can frame the painting with a smartphone, and it will be transformed into a digital art work, 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!

Municipal Museum of Natural History

In the permanent exhibitions section on the official website of the Museum you will find detailed explanations of each room and a beautiful photo gallery!

Municipal Aquarium

Milano splendid Municipal Aquarium offers an online compendium on the world of fishing, very useful to increase ecological awareness on the theme of underwater life.

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum proposes on its Facebook profile the "Forse non sapevi che..." ("Maybe you didn’t know that...") videos in which the responsible for cultural Lucia Pini tells curiosities and anecdotes about the House and its collections.

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