360° degree view over Milan

If you want a fun experience and a view of Milan that takes your breath away (don’t worry you won’t have to walk all the way up there is an elevator) then you have to go up in the Torre Branca.

Right next to the museum Triennale di Milano is the 108 m tall Torre Branca which was designed by architect Gio Ponti in 1933. From its top you have a  360° panorama over the whole city. If there are strong winds or the weather is bad they are closed. It costs € 5,00 per person.

You could combine your vist with a visit to the Triennale museum and maybe even have lunch at the museum’s restaurant Terrazza Triennale. Or you could take a walk through the park and visit the Castello Sforzesco.

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Visit Milan’s unique museums where you can see anything from fashion and design to the classical maestros

Milan has several museums worth visiting. But if you can – visit them during the week and leave the queues at the weekend to the others.

If you’re in Milan for 72 hours or less, you should consder getting a MilanoCard. Read more here.

You can visit many of Milan’s museums for free on every first Sunday of every month.

Most museums change their exhibitions frequently so it’s a good idea to check out the calendar for each of them. Read more about the best apps, our event calendar and our weekly recommendations for information.

Below we mention what we consider the city’s most beautiful museums with a short description of each one. Please note that opening hours and days are very varied.

Fondazione Prada

Admission is valid for both Largo Isarco and Milano Osservatorio within 7 days.

Museum for contemporary art and culture co-headed by famous designer Miuccia Prada. The foundation has operated since 1993 and organizes, amongst other things, film festivals. On May 9th 2015 they inaugurated their new venue in Milan – very impressive architecture. FONDAZIONE PRADA’s Bar Luce is designed by film director Wes Anderson. Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese café
–> 2, Largo Isarco (find on map)

Milano Osservatorio – Fondazione Prada.

Admission is valid for both Largo Isarco and Milano Osservatorio within 7 days.

Fondazione Prada’s new location in the center of Milan dedicated to photography and visual arts. It is situated at the top of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with a view of the glass Octagonal at its center.
–> Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (find on map)

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This museum, which was inaugurated on April 30th 2015, celebrates Giorgio Armani’s 40-year anniversary as a designer. The museum has been created by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. 4 floors with historical creations. The museum is located in the Tortona design neighbourhood.
–> 40, Via Bergognone (find on map)

Palazzo Morando – Costume Moda Immagine

This beautiful historical building located within the Quadrilatero della Moda Milan’s exclusive fashion dsitrict houses collections of decorative and fine arts and exhibits about fahsion. The museum is closed on Mondays.
–> 6, Via Sant’Andrea (find on map)

Museo Diocesano

 The Diocesan Museum is housed in the antique cloisters of Sant’Eustorgio and contains over 700 art works spanning from the 4th century up till today including some very fine sculptures by artist Lucio Fontana.
–> 95, Corso di Porta Ticinese (find on map)

Santa Maria delle Grazie/Cenacolo Vinciano

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece “The Last Supper” is located next to the church Santa Maria delle Grazie in the Cenacolo Vinciano and is a definite must-see, to get in you must book tickets well  in advance here. If you cannot get tickets online, don’t despair; you can call this number +390292800360 and press 2 for English. You have to pay by credit card.
–> 2, Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie (find on map)

Museo Vigna di Leonardo (Leonardo da Vinci’s vineyard).

Opposite Santa Maria delle Grazie and “The Last Supper” is a small gem, that has been opened to the public on occasion of EXPO2015; the vineyard, which was given to Leonardo da Vinci by the Duke of Milan Ludovica Sforza in 1498, is located in the garden of the Casa degli Atellanti (Sforza courtiers). The grape variety is the original one from Leonardo’s time . Many days are already fully booked so it’s a good idea to go online (link above in the title) and book a tour.
–> 62, Corso Magenta (find on map).

Leonardo3 – The world of Leonardo da Vinci.

A museum dedicated to the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci with lots of 3D models for all ages..
–> Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (find on map)

Museo nazionale scienza e tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci.

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Toti – the first submarine built in Italy after WW2

The Leonardo Da Vinci museum is a must for children from age 6 and up. There is enough entertainment to last you several hours on a rainy day. The most diversely talented person ever to have lived is painter, inventor etc. Leonardo da Vinci, and Italy’s national technical museum, located in Milan, is also his official museum. It combines the chance to actually try out some of his inventions with the more traditional exhibitions.
–> 21, Via San Vittore (find on map)

MUBA – Museo dei bambini

The children’s musum in Milan. where children can play, paint and  create on their own terms. For children aged 2-11.
–> 12, Via Enrico Besana (find on map).

Fabbrica del Vapore

The steam factory (literally) is a cultural centre in Milan that organizes art exhibitions, music festivals, theatre, conferences  and more. The building complex is huge and definitely worth a visit.
–> 4, Via Giulio Cesare Proccaccini (find on map).

Palazzo della Ragione

This beautiful building dates back to 1251 and is a permanent space for changing photographic exhibitions. This museum is worth a visit not only for photo enthusiasts but also because of the building’s historical value. It is closed on Mondays.
–> Piazza Mercanti (findon map)

Forma Meravigli

A foundation for photography, they also organize courses, but they always have one interesting photo exhibition on..
–> 5, Via Meravigli (find on map)

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The ultimate art collection in Milan featuring masterpieces  by the classical Italian masters; Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci just to mention a couple, the building itself is incredibly beautiful.
–>28, Via Brera  (find on map)

 

Pinacoteca e Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

One of Milan’s most overlooked museums. This museum and library has an astounding collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s cartoons (charcoal drawings) and notebooks. Definitely worth a visit.
–> 2, Piazza Pio XI Between Via Torino and Cordusio. (find on map).

Teatro alla Scala Museum.

The museum of the Scala Theatre, amust for all lovers of opera, ballet and classiscal music – . Instruments, costumes, busts and special exhibits.

–> 1, Largo Chiringelli. Piazza Scala (find on map)

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The museum of the twentieth century, at Piazza Duomo, opened in 2010 after the collection’s original home in Palazzo Reale had been closed in 1988. It’s Milan’s municipal collection of paintings and sculpture from the twentieth century. The collection opens with Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s fantastic Fourth Estate.
> Via Guglielmo Marconi (South side of Piazza Duomo) (find on map)

 

 

Museo del Duomo (Veneranda Fabbraica)

The museum of Milan’s cathedral was originally opened in 1953 but re-opened in 2013 after a long period of renovation. It is a record of the history of the cathedral and covers a period spanning from the 15th to the 20th century.
–> 12, Piazza Duomo (find on map)

Castello Sforzesco Museums

The Sforza castle from the 15th century built by .Francesco Sforza is a landmark in Milan and houses a large number of museums (that are closed on Mondays).
–> Piazza Castello (find on map)

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A wonderful museum for all comic strip lovers! The various exhibitions change continuously, from Disney to Japanese Manga.
–> 12, Viale Campania (find on map)

 

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Home

This home belonged to the two brothers the barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi who collected 15th and 16th century art to decorate their home so that it reminded themselves and their guests of princely Lombard homes of the 16th century.It was inhabited by their descendants until 1974 when one of Giuseppe’s sons decided to create the Bagatti Valsecchi Foundation and donated the entire patrimony to it, at the same time the home was purchased by the region of Lombardy that opened the museum home to the public in 1994.
–> 5, Via Gesù (find on map)

Poldi Pezzoli Museum Home

One of Milan’s most interesting private museums founded by art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1768-1833) it contains works by some of the greatest Italian painters e, g. Botticelli, Belini and Hauez.
–> 12, Via Alessandro Manzoni (find on map)

Boschi Di Stefano Museum Home

This gem which was the private home of married art collectors was opened to the public in 2003 and contains their private collection by some of the finest painters from the twentieth century. A unique look into a private home.
–> 15, Via G. Jan (find on map)

Fondazione Achille Castiglioni

Achille Castiglioni who died in 2002 was an Italian designer of furniture, lighting, radiograms a.o. his studio has been turned into a museum and is run privately by the Achille Castiglioni foundation. You must send an email to fondazione@achillecastiglioni.it to book your viat from Tuesday to Friday at ether 11 am – 12 – 1 pm.
–> 27, Piazza Castello (find on map)

 GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano

Situated in a gorgeous villa in Via Palestro. This villa is one of Milan’s finest examples of neoclassical architecture and hosts both contemporary photo exhibitions and paintings from the 19th century..
-> Via Palestro (find on map)

Palazzo della Permanente

Milan’s permanent exhibition of more than 300 paintings, drawings, sculpture and engravings by Italian artists starting from 1886 all the way up to today. The museum itself was designed by renowned architect Luca Beltrami and was opened in 1886..
–> 34,  Via Turati (find on map).


PAC – Padiglione d’arte contemporanea

PAC houses a beautiful collection of contemporary art. It was re-opened in 1979 after a thorough restructuring of the building, (the mafia had a bomb explode here in 1993). The exhibitions are changed frequently..
-> 14, Via Palestro (find on map)


Palazzo Reale

This amazing  building was the seat for the local government  of the city of Milan and is an important  cultural center today and houses important exhibitions and events.
-> 12, Piazza Duomo (find on map)

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Triennale di Milano

Design museum La Triennale di Milano is the main Italian venue for architecture, visual and decorative arts, design, fashion and audio/video. The terrace of Triennale is very cool and has a breathtaking view, good place for brunch and aperitivo,
-> 6, Viale Alemagna (find on map)

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The museum for all cultures. Architechtonically speaking a very exciting museum, that is hosted in an old factory
–>56, Via Tortona (find on map)

Galleria d’Italia

One of Italy’s largest banks Intesa San Paolo have opened their private collections to the public on Piazza della Scala, right in the center of the city. It is an impressive exhibiton and there is no admission fee.
.–> Piazza della Scala 6 (find on map)

Hangar Bicocca

Milan’s most experimental contemporary museum. It’s located in an old factory and houses very interesting exhibits and installations. Take the metro out there (purple line, get off at Ponale)
–> 2, Via Chiese (find on map)

Regrettably the English language version of the museum sites aren’t always neither thorough nor updated. But there is nothing wrong with the art so don’t miss out on some great experiences.

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