Although we are accustomed to intrinsically associating Milan with fashion, design, business and innovation, the city also conceals an enthralling ancient past that is begging to be discovered.
The Archaeological Museum was specifically created to evoke the concept of the archaic city and to envisage its relinquished aura. The historic institution vaunts a privileged location near the 5 Vie district in Corso Magenta, integrated within a marvellous architectural complex, the ex-convent of the Monastero Maggiore of San Maurizio, founded in the eighth century AD. From 286 AD to 402 AD Milan was the capital of the Roman Empire and evident traces of the history of ancient Milan are still to be seen, indeed visitors pass through the ancient Roman walls, by means of a walkway, as they enter the Archaeological Museum.
The museum itinerary commences with an accurately-reconstructed scale model of a forum, the Imperial Palace, the thermal baths, a theatre, basilicas, a circus and even an amphitheatre. Thanks to the recent renovations, the Museum has expanded its spaces for the Etruscan, Greek and early medieval sections.
The showpiece of the collection, and the emblem of the Museum, is the rare and famous Coppa Trivulzio named in honour of the noble Milanese family who conserved it for a long period: the cage cup is a stunning masterpiece in blown glass, crafted in fretwork, dating back to the late Roman Empire that has been passed down to our generations.
GOOD TO KNOW
Milan considers itself as a child-friendly city (have you already discovered MUBA?) and the Archaeological Museum is no exception. To entice and introduce younger visitors to the exciting and complex subject of Archaeology it has come up with a great idea: the "Save- the-Parent Kit" is a booklet containing, in addition to the indications for an intelligent visit, games and activities divided by age groups. Click here to download and enjoy!