Here is the listicle of the 5 museums to see absolutely in Milan; choosing them was not easy. After all... in front of such a vast choice of beauty, how to do it? 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 what we have renamed "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, Mantenga, 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 from pre-Giotto art to the avant-garde experiences of XX 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; Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts some of the most extraordinary masterpieces of all time by authors such as Raphael, Titian, Botticelli rather than Jan Brueghel. A little curiosity: walking between one room and 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 of art on display in the Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco - works that cover a period of time ranging from the fifteenth 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. The only one of its kind is the Chamber of Griselda, set up with detached fifteenth-century frescoes, which reconstructs the environment and proportions that it had in its place of origin, 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; here you will find all this along a path of 4,000 square meters of exhibition space. 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, here 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 it signed 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.