Here is a selection of 5 museums you should absolutely visit in Milano. Choosing them was not easy. After all, in front of such a rich selection of quality choices, how does one finally decide? You need not worry, YesMilano is there to help, by pointing out its choices for Milano’s five best Museums, so that you may visit them at least once when in town.
Here then are our unmissable top 5 Museums in Milan.
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 Masters whose works you can admire there. The picture gallery is a unique assembly of masterpieces, 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 (the historic Library, also open to the public), which he had founded in 1607, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts some of the most extraordinary masterpieces of all time by artists such as Raphael, Titian, Botticelli and Jan Brueghel.
Visiting one room after the other 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. In keeping with Milanese architectural tradition, you will also find a splendid inner cloister.
Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco
Over 230 works, including some absolute masterpieces, are on display at Pinacoteca del Castello Sforzesco, the Castello's Art Gallery - works that range from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century.
There is a great concentration of sacred woman-inspired 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 reconstruct the environment and proportions the work had in its original location, the Castle of Roccabianca, in the province of Parma.
Museo del Novecento
Do you wish to become familiar with the great history of 20th century Italian art in a single afternoon? You should visit the Museo del Novecento, located in the very central Piazza Duomo. From Futurism to Informal, from Figurative to Abstract art, from painting to neon installations, from Programmed Art to Poor Art; all this in 4,000 sqm of well-used exhibition space.
Walking in this fantastic and scenic museum with its spiral ramp leading to the top of the Arengario tower and a view of the Duomo, you will not just experience the art but the city as well, from a quite unusual point of view.
Fondazione Prada is the ideal place for those who look for a glamorous and fashionable venue in addition to contemporary art. The spirit of the Maison Prada transpires from the architecture of the building itself, bearing the signature of star architect Rem Koohaas, and in the very chic Bar Luce inside, designed by director Wes Anderson.
Along with its permanent collection, the Foundation also hosts temporary exhibitions and a movie theatre, in a constantly innovative dialogue with 21st century arts.