Ambrosiana Pic­ture Gallery

The Ambrosiana pic­ture gallery con­tains sev­eral ex­quis­ite works of art from the 15th through 17th cen­turies and in­cludes “The Mu­si­cian”, at­trib­uted to Leonardo, Raphael's car­toon for the “School of Athens” fresco and Car­avag­gio's “Bas­ket of Fruit”. Don't miss the "Leonardo da Vinci tour" or­ga­nized by Zani Vi­aggi (www.zanivi­ Open Tues-Sun 9am-7pm. Ad­mis­sion fee €15, €10 for the ad­ja­cent Bra­mante Sacristy, €20 for group tick­ets. Pi­azza Pio XI, 2. T: 02 806921. M1-M3 Duomo, M1 Cor­du­sio. Map F5

Gal­lerie d'Italia-Pi­azza Scala

MUST-SEE The Gal­lerie d'Italia-Pi­azza Scala are housed in three his­toric build­ings over­look­ing Mi­lan's el­e­gant via Man­zoni, pi­azza della Scala and via Morone. Two build­ings host mas­ter­pieces of 19th cen­tury Ital­ian art from the col­lec­tions of Fon­dazione Cariplo and In­tesa San­paolo: the op­u­lent Neo-clas­si­cal rooms of Palazzo An­guis­sola and the 19th cen­tury Palazzo Brentani. A new sec­tion was re­cently opened in the Palazzo hous­ing Mi­lan's his­toric Banca Com­mer­ciale in Pi­azza della Scala and fea­tures 20th cen­tury mas­ter­pieces from the In­tesa San­paolo col­lec­tions. Open: Tues-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm. Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm. Closed on Mon­day. Full price ticket €10.­leried­i­ Pi­azza della Scala, 6. T: 800.167619. M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4

GAM | Gal­le­ria d'Arte Moderna

Boast­ing 2,700 paint­ings and 700 sculp­tures, this Gal­le­ria in­au­gu­rated in 1921 is above all a “nine­teenth cen­tury mu­seum” host­ing mainly Ital­ian and French works of art. The Gallery is set against the beau­ti­fully el­e­gant back­drop of Villa Reale, with its mag­nif­i­cent English gar­den. Open Tues-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Full price ticket €5. Tourist Mu­se­umCard (3-day pass for un­lim­ited ac­cess to Civic Mu­se­ums in Mi­lan): €12. www.gam-mi­lano. com. Via Pale­stro, 16. T: 02 88445947. M1 Pale­stro, M3 Tu­rati. Map G3

MUDEC – Mu­seum of Cul­tures

Lo­cated in­side an old in­dus­trial build­ing that was for­merly part of the An­saldo com­plex, MUDEC is a multi-dis­ci­plinary hub ded­i­cated to cul­tures of the world, fea­tur­ing dif­fer­ent spa­ces that of­fer vis­i­tors a mul­ti­plic­ity of cul­tural pro­pos­als and ser­vices, spread out over 17,000 sq.m.: rooms host­ing the mu­seum's col­lec­tion and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions, an au­di­to­rium, a bistrot, a de­sign store, a cafe­te­ria, a con­cept store, a restau­rant, a li­brary, work­shops, a ju­nior space, Academy24 and a car park. Open Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm; Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun 9.30am-7.30pm; Thurs, Sat 9.30am-10.30pm. Free un­til 31 Au­gust 2017. T: 02 54917. Via Tor­tona, 56. M2 Porta Gen­ova. Map C6

Mu­sei del Castello Sforzesco

An­tique art, paint­ings, pe­riod fur­ni­ture, sculp­tures and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments are housed in Castello Sforzesco's pre­cious trea­sure trove. The build­ing alone is well worth a visit. Tues-Sun 9am-5.30pm (ad­mis­sion un­til 5pm), closed on Mon­days (hol­i­days in­cluded). Full price ticket €5. Free ad­mit­tance: ev­ery day ex­cept Fri af­ter 4.30pm; Fri 2pm-5.30pm; al­ways free for chil­dren un­der 18. www.mi­ Pi­azza Castello. T: 02 88463703. M1-M2 Cadorna FN, M1 Cairoli, M2 Lanza. Map D3

Museo del Duomo

To­tally re­fur­bished in 2013, the mu­seum houses and high­lights all the ma­te­rial not presently in use in the Duomo, linked to its his­tory and con­struc­tion. Com­pris­ing 2,000 square me­tres of space, twenty seven rooms and thirteen the­matic ar­eas, the mu­seum hosts more than two hun­dred sculp­tures and over seven hun­dred gyp­sum mod­els and then again paint­ings, stained glass win­dows, ta­pes­tries and ar­chi­tec­tural mod­els rang­ing from the 15th cen­tury to the present day. Wor­thy of par­tic­u­lar note are the rooms of the Te­soro, Tin­toretto's “Je­sus Among the Doc­tors”, the im­pos­ing wooden model of the cathe­dral built in 1519 and the tiles of the fifth door of the Duomo by Lu­cio Fon­tana and Lu­ciano Min­guzzi. Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm. Closed on Mon­day and 1 Jan­uary, 1 May, 25 De­cem­ber. Full price ticket €6. Cumulative ticket 15€ (Ter­races of the Duomo by lift, Mu­seum and Te­soro and the Bap­tis­tery of San Gio­vanni alle Fonti). http://museo.duo­momi­ Palazzo Reale, pi­azza Duomo, 12. T: 02 72022656. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F5 FREE WITH

Museo del Nove­cento

One of the youngest mu­se­ums in the city, ly­ing ad­ja­cent to the Duomo, hosts more than 400 20th cen­tury mas­ter­pieces of Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional art – rang­ing from Fon­tana to Pi­casso – at the re­cently re­fur­bished Palazzo dell'Aren­gario. Don't miss a sight of Pi­azza Duomo from the “Sala Fon­tana”. Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm; Tues-Wed-Fri and Sun 9.30am-7.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9.30am-10.30pm. Full ticket €10. Tourist Mu­se­umCard (3-day pass for un­lim­ited ac­cess to Civic Mu­se­ums in Mi­lan): €12. www.museodel­nove­ Pi­azza Duomo. T: 02 88444061. M1-M3 Duomo. Map F5

Museo di Sto­ria Naturale

Home to valu­able min­eral, botanical and zo­o­log­i­cal col­lec­tions. High­lights in­clude a large fos­sil col­lec­tion, re­con­struc­tions of ex­tinct an­i­mals and dio­ra­mas with stuffed an­i­mals shown in their nat­u­ral habi­tats orig­i­nat­ing both from Europe and other ex­otic places. It con­tains the only di­nosaur skele­ton ex­ist­ing in Italy. Open Tues-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Full price ticket €3 (free ad­mis­sion on Fri­day af­ter­noon).­mune.mi­­ri­anat­u­rale. Corso Venezia, 55. T: 02 88463337. M1 Pale­stro. Map G3

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tec­nolo­gia Leonardo da Vinci

Housed in a 16th cen­tury monastery, this is one of the most im­por­tant mu­se­ums of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the world. Its col­lec­tions ex­plore the re­la­tion­ship be­tween men and ma­chines start­ing from the in­ge­nious in­ven­tions of the world fa­mous Leonardo da Vinci. Open Tues-Fri 9.30am-5.00pm; Sat, Sun and Hol­i­days 9.30am6.30pm. Full ticket €10 ( FREE WITH ) + Guided tour in­side the En­rico Toti sub­ma­rine €8. www.museo­ Via San Vit­tore, 21. T: 02 48555558. M2 Sant'Am­bro­gio. Map D5

Museo San Siro

FOOT­BALL The first and only mu­seum in Italy in­side a Sta­dium, the San Siro Mu­seum dis­plays all kinds of his­toric items from two of the most suc­cess­ful Ital­ian Foot­ball League clubs: A.C. Mi­lan and F.C. In­ter­nazionale (In­ter): old jer­seys, pho­tos, boots, tick­ets and a fab­u­lous tro­phy case. The Giuseppe Meazza Sta­dium (San Siro) is the largest sta­dium in Italy and the fourth in Europe. Don't miss the “Foot­ball Lovers Tour” or­ga­nized by Zani Vi­aggi (www.zanivi­ Open daily 9.30am-5pm. Mu­seum ticket €7. Mu­seum + Sta­dium tour €17. www.san­siro­tour. com, www.san­ Pi­az­zale An­gelo Mo­ratti. T: 02 4042432. M5 San Siro. Off Map FREE WITH

Museo Teatrale alla Scala

Founded in 1913, it re­cently un­der­went an im­por­tant makeover and is ded­i­cated to the his­tory of the fa­mous Mi­lan Opera House with a vast col­lec­tion of mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and doc­u­ments ded­i­cated to fa­mous mu­si­cians, in­clud­ing Verdi and Toscanini. Vis­i­tors can look into the the­atre, pro­vided there are no re­hearsals, or ad­mire the “ma­chine” that gives stage di­rec­tions. Open Mon-Sun (ex­cept hol­i­days) 9am-12.30am/1.30pm-5.30pm. Full ticket €6. Museo Teatrale alla Scala + Museo Poldi Pez­zoli €9 (Mon­day only). www. teatroal­las­ Largo A. Ghir­inghelli, 1 cor­ner of Pi­azza della Scala. T: 02 88792473. T: 02 7423. M1-M3 Duomo, M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F4 FREE WITH

PAC – Con­tem­po­rary Art Pavil­ion

Com­pleted in 1996, this 1,200 sq.m. space is the most im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre for con­tem­po­rary art in Mi­lan, boast­ing a gar­den area for sculp­tures, a raised floor for paint­ings and a bal­cony for pho­tos and graphic works. Fully ac­ces­si­ble by the dis­abled. Open Tues-Sun 9.30am- 7.30pm; Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm (only dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tions). Full price ticket €8. www.pacmi­ Via Pale­stro, 14. T: 02 88446359. M1 Pale­stro, M3 Tu­rati. Map G3

Pi­na­coteca di Br­era

Opened to the public in 1809, the Pi­na­coteca di Br­era is lo­cated in the Neo-clas­si­cal build­ing of the same name which also houses other cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the Braidense Li­brary, the Astro­nom­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory, the Botanical Gar­dens, the Isti­tuto Lom­bardo Ac­cademia di Scienze e Let­tere and the Academy of Fine Arts. The Pi­na­coteca hosts one of the most spec­tac­u­lar col­lec­tions of art in Italy. The new lay­outs of its rooms is sched­uled for com­ple­tion by 2018. Open Tues-Sun 8.30am-7.15pm (Thurs 8.30am-10.15pm, the en­trance price is 2 euro start­ing from 6pm un­til 10.15pm - ticket of­fice clo­sure at 9.40pm). Full ticket price €10. pina­cote­cabr­ Via Br­era, 28. T: 02 722631. M2 Lanza, M3 Mon­te­napoleone. Map F3 FREE WITH

Pirelli Han­garBic­occa

A for­mer in­dus­trial plant, Han­garBic­occa is a lively cul­tural space ded­i­cated to the pro­duc­tion, dis­play and pro­mo­tion of con­tem­po­rary art. Per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tions in­clude “I Sette Palazzi Ce­lesti”, the mon­u­men­tal tow­ers cre­ated by Ger­man artist Anselm Kiefer and an in­stal­la­tion by Fausto Melotti “La Se­quenza”, lo­cated out­side. Han­garBic­occa fea­tures a num­ber of spa­ces de­signed to ac­com­mo­date var­i­ous ini­tia­tives and free events. Open Thurs-Sun 11am-11pm. Closed on Mon-Tues-Wed. Free ad­mis­sion. www.han­garbic­ Via Chiese, 2. T: 02 661115 73. M5 Ponale. Off Map

Tri­en­nale di Mi­lano-Tri­en­nale De­sign Mu­seum

This is one of the most vi­brant, pop­u­lar and im­por­tant ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tres in the city. Fea­tur­ing an­nu­ally chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions of note, it also owns the most im­por­tant per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of de­sign works. This fan­tas­tic mu­seum is brim­ming with end­less in­stal­la­tions orig­i­nat­ing from bril­liant minds all over the world. It has a su­perb me­dia li­brary on de­sign, art and ar­chi­tec­ture. Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm (last ad­mis­sion 1 hour be­fore clos­ing time). Closed on Mon­day. Full ticket €10. www.tri­en­ Viale E. Ale­magna, 6. T: 02 724341. M1-M2 Cadorna FN. Map D3 FREE WITH

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