The historic house-museums were originally personal family homes, however, thanks to the foresight of their inhabitants/collectors - who were famous or unknown, noble or poor - they become precious museums. These aptly named house-museums narrate the personal, social, economic, dynastic, collecting and entrepreneurial stories of their inhabitants and, therefore, also the history, culture, society and the landscape of the territory to which they are closely rooted. 

 

The Network of Historic House Museums of Milano was created in 2008: a city museum network with the aim of promoting the historical, cultural and artistic Milanese heritage through its protagonists’ past lives. The house museums comprised in the circuit, Poldi Pezzoli, Bagatti Valsecchi, Boschi Di Stefano and Villa Necchi Campiglio are historic houses belonging to Lombard families. The evocative interiors re-enact the past with traditional furnishings of the era; they showcase precious treasures such as paintings, pottery, furniture and gold and silver objects.  Inimitable collections of cultural heritage which the inhabitants amassed during their lives and that have been generously donated to the city.

Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Poldi Pezzoli Museum may seem like a museum of long tradition, considering the wealth of its collections. In actual fact, it began life as a private home. A highly original home: all the interiors were crowded with decoration, works of art and furniture, with all sorts of shapes and colours, creating very unusual visual effect.

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi decided to build their house on the pattern of 16th-century Italian mansions. A curious ambition for two lawyers of Milano living in the 19th century.

Villa Necchi Campiglio

Discover the Milano of the first half of the nineteenth century - its customs, its high society, its etiquette. This is Villa Necchi Campiglio.

Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano

The Boschi Di Stefano House Museum possesses masterpieces by Carrà, Fontana, De Chirico, Sironi, De Pisis and Boccioni.

Casa del Manzoni - Museo Manzoniano

Inside the house where Alessandro Manzoni, author of The Bethroted, once lived, everything seems to be frozen in time. There is an evocative atmosphere inside the rooms where the author wrote some of the most influential works in Italian literature.

Casa delle Arti - Spazio Alda Merini

Alda Merini was one of the most important and prolific Italian poets of the twentieth century; she was born and raised in Milan in the working class area of the Navigli and, thus, was one of the most important exponents of the language and culture of our times.

Museo Mangini Bonomi

A unique museum designed by the Milanese real-estate entrepreneur Emilio Mangini, who described himself "an inquisitive and tireless collector". He designed it to salvage and bequeath evidence of how man lived in the past with knowledge of his private life, his work and his entertainment.

Studio Museo Francesco Messina

The Studio Museum houses 80 sculptures and 26 artworks on paper chosen among the most beautiful works made by the Sicilian artist. These works of art were created during the whole career of the artist and testify his great technical ability and his interest for realism. The Museum houses exhibitions and activities linked to contemporary art all year long.