The Archaeological Museum offers you the possibility to explore ancient history in a unique architectural environment, the former convent of the Monastero Maggiore of San Maurizio founded in the eighth century AD, where traces of the history of ancient Milano can still be seen. In the imperial period, the area was occupied by the Roman walls and the great circus next to the Imperial Palace.
The collections are displayed in different rooms depending on the culture of origin. On the ground floor, after the first cloister (a Milanese architectural decoration) is the Ancient Milano section, while downstairs the route continues to Living in Mediolanum. Downstairs you can find temporary exhibitions and Gandhara section.
The viewing route continues in the back cloister ("Milanese society through inscriptions"). At the end of the second cloister a path leads to the Roman polygonal tower (late third century) with early medieval frescoes (thirteenth century) and comes out in the museum in Via Nirone where the early medieval section is on the first floor, on the second floor is the Etruscan section, the third and last floor is the Greek section.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The superb Trivulzio diatreta cup (the title refers to the noble Milanese family and the collection that it was part of for a long time) is one of the best-known examples of glass vasa diatreta blown into a mould and then etched on the surface so as to obtain an open-work decoration.
It is considered one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the late Roman Empire (III-IV century AD).
AT THE MUSEUM WITH KIDS
The Museum has created a "Save-the-parents-Kit", a booklet containing smart ways to visit the museum, plus, games and activities organised by age groups.