Here is a selection of the 5 museums you must absolutely see in Milano; choosing them was not easy. After all... in front of such a vast choice of beauty, how do you decide? Don't worry, we at YesMilano are here to help you by pointing out the most important museums in Milano, so that at least once in your life you can visit the ones we have nicknamed "the Fantastic Five".

 

Here, then, is our top 5 of the most beautiful and important museums in Milan, not to be missed.

 

Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera - Brera Art Gallery is a real treasure chest of art. Caravaggio, Leonardo, Van Dyck, Hayez, Rembrandt, the visionary Bramantino, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca; these are just some of the great artists whose works you can admire inside. The picture gallery is a unique assembly of paintings ranging from the classics before Giotto to the avant-garde experiences of the 20th century. 

Pinacoteca (e biblioteca) Ambrosiana

Established in 1618, when Cardinal Federico Borromeo donated his collection of works of art to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana (also open to the public today), which he had founded in 1607; the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts some of the most extraordinary masterpieces of all time by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Botticelli and also Jan Brueghel.

 

A little curiosity: from one room to another you can also discover some real curiosities, such as the gloves worn by Napoleon at Waterloo or the shrine containing a lock of Lucrezia Borgia's hair. As the Milanese architectural tradition dictates, inside you will also find a splendid cloister.

Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco

Over 230 works. This is the number of extraordinary masterpieces on display in the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco - works that cover a period of time ranging from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.

There is a great concentration of sacred "female" works such as the Madonna in Glory among Saints by Andrea Mantegna, the Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini and the Madonna of Humility by Filippo Lippi. Unique in its kind is the Camera di Griselda (Chamber of Griselda), set up with detached fifteenth-century frescoes, which reconstructs the environment and proportions that it had in its original location, the Castle of Roccabianca in the province of Parma.

Museo del Novecento

Do you want to learn the great history of 20th century Italian art in one afternoon? You can visit the Museo del Novecento located in the very central Piazza Duomo. From Futurism to the Informal, from Figurative to Abstract art, from painting to neon installations, from Programmed Art to Arte Povera; all this within 4,000 square meters.

 

Walking in this fantastic and scenic museum with its spiral ramp that leads to the top of the Arengario tower with a view of the Duomo, you will appreciate not only the art but also the city from a very unusual point of view.

Fondazione Prada

Fondazione Prada is the ideal place for those who want a glamorous and fashionable museum in addition to contemporary art. The spirit of the Maison Prada can be breathed in the architecture of the building itself, that bears the signature of the archistar Rem Koohaas and in the very chic bar inside, Bar Luce, designed by the director Wes Anderson.

 

Along with the permanent collection, the Foundation also hosts temporary exhibitions and a cinema in a constantly innovative dialogue with the arts of the 21st century.