10 museums to visit in Milan

Discover Italian art, from Leonardo da Vinci to Lucio Fontana

Here a list of the top museums and exhibition venues in Milan, from Italian Renaissance to contemporary art.

1. The Last Supper
The world famous masterpiece was painted by Leonardo da Vinci between 1494 and 1947. It is a mural painting on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie. To visit The Last Supper you need an admission ticket. We suggest you to book your ticket before your arrival in Milan.



2. Pinacoteca di Brera
The Brera Art Gallery contains one of the foremost collections of Italian paintings. Here you can see amazing masterpieces from the 15th and 16th centuries by Raphael, Piero della Francesca and Andrea Mantegna.



3. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
The Ambrosiana Art Gallery is in the very city centre, few steps from the Duomo of Milan. Here you can admire beautiful Italian paintings from the 15th century till today made by Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio.



4. Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Poldi Pezzoli is an art museum. It is in the city centre, near La Scala, and is important for its wide collection of Northern Italian and Flemish painters, such as Sandro Botticelli, Francesco Hayez and Piero del Pollaiolo (his Portrait of a Girl is the icon of the museum). The exhibition includes also ceramics, jewelry and furnishing.



5. Palazzo Reale
Close to the Duomo, Palazzo Reale is an exhibition venue. All year long, it hosts several exhibitions dedicated to international artists such as Gustav Klimt, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalì, Edward Hopper and Andy Warhol.



6. Museo del Novecento
Close to the Duomo, there is one of the most important art galleries about Italian and international Twentieth Century's art. Several sections are dedicated to Futurism, Spatialism and Arte povera. The main artworks on display are by Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Giacomo Balla, Amedeo Modigliani, Vassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee. On Friday afternoons the admission is free.



7. Triennale Design Museum
The TDM is the first Italian design museum. It has not a permanent exhibition. Each year there is a temporary exhibition focused on a specific theme.



8. Modern Art Gallery (GAM) and Contemporary Art Pavilion (PAC)
The Modern Art Gallery has a wide collection of Italian and European artwork from the 18th to the 20th century. It contains masterpieces by Giovanni Segantini, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Antonio Canova, Vincent van Gogh, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. Admission is free.
Close to the Modern Art Gallery, there is the PAC (Contemporary Art Pavilion), an exhibition venue. Each year there are international exhibitions, such as Marina Abramovich, Jeff Wall and Elad Lassry.



9. HangarBicocca
HangarBicocca is a space devoted to the production, exhibition and promotion of contemporary art. It occupies a vast restored industrial complex, and is located in the suburbs of Milan. This art gallery is specialised in site-specific projects. It is open only three days a week, from Thursday to Sunday, from 11 am to 11 pm. Admission is free.



10. Museum of Technology and Science Leonardo da Vinci
This is the biggest Museum of Technology and Science in Italy, and one of the most important in the world. It has a wide collection (about 16,000 works) explaining the history of technology from Leonardo da Vinci's machines to television and computer.