Italy is a destination known for the beauty of its cities and the richness of its cultural offer. Milan, is an amazing city with over 60 museums and art galleries ! We didn’t know that before going there.
During your visit to the city of Milan, you will have many choices between art and history museums and several monuments.
We give you below our selection of best museums and activities to do indoors, with all informations to plan your visit (price, free day, kids friendly?, how to get your tickets?…) and their location, on our map, to facilitate your stay in Milan!
- 1. Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, a work that cannot be ignored
- 2. Pinacoteca di Brera, the biggest art museum
- 3. Duomo Museum, cathedral of Milan
- 4- Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology
- 5. Scala: a mythical theater
- 6. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: the Codex of Leonardo da Vinci
- 7. Leonardo Museum3 : an interactive museum
- 8. Villa Necchi Campiglio: Milanese bourgeois villa
- 9. Giuseppe Meazza Stadium and Museum
- 10. Novecento: museum of contemporary art
- 11. Sforza castle
- Our best museums on map
- Our tips for sleeping in Milan
1. Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, a work that cannot be ignored
A must-see during your stay in Milan, in this museum there’s only one artwork being exhibited, one worth seeing, “The Last Supper“, painted by Leonardo da Vinci which is known throughout the world.
The painting is exposed, in a room, in the convent Santa Maria delle Grazie. The allowed visiting time is 15 minutes, not more.
We therefore advise you to arrive in advance. It is a little short, however it is a painting to see absolutely and this gauge makes it possible to limit the number of visitors, on the same time, that makes it possible to appreciate the work fully.
The before and after areas include well-done explanations of thehistory of the work and its restoration. You can also visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie for its beautiful cloister.
Price: 15€ full price for 15 minutes access (group of maximum 18 people) – Reduced price 13€ for 18-25 years old – free for less than 18 years old – photos possible but without flash
➡️ Book your ticket on the official website calendar is available at bottom of the webpage
➡️ Book your guided tour of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper, it’s an ideal guided tour (in english) to know the details and anecdotes related to this mythical painting, for an interesting price with entrance tickets isincluded, you won’t have to worry about it!
2. Pinacoteca di Brera, the biggest art museum
Pinacoteca of Brera is an art museum that brings together masterpieces of great painters, Raphael, Rembrandt, Tintoretto to Caravaggio, Boccioni, Modigliani … exposed in 38 rooms.
In order to facilitate your visit, works are arranged chronologically and grouped according to the school to which they belong.
Price: 15€ full price – Reduced price 2€ for 18-25 years old – Free for under 18 years old and students and the first Sunday of each month – audio guide: 5€.
➡️ Book your ticket and time of the visit on the official website
➡️ Book your guided tour of the Pinacoteca di Brera and its district (in Engligh). This 2 hour guided tour, in a small group, will allow you to get to the heart of the matter and learn more about the major works present in each room then you will also explore the lovely Brera neighbourhood, museum ticket is included.
3. Duomo Museum, cathedral of Milan
During your stay in Milan you can’t miss its imposing and beautiful cathedral, the Duomo.
Site of the cathedral is divided into 4 areas: interior of the cathedral, rooftops, Duomo museum and archaeological area.
We strongly recommend you to visit, at least, interior and its amazing rooftops for a panoramic city view. If you have time you can also visit its museum. open since 2003.
It is located under the Duomo church and houses many of the cathedral’s artifacts, as well as works by contemporary artists. Stained glass windows, objects of worship, tapestries but especially statues and gargoyles recovered in situ and more or less restored, of all beauty.
Price (museum price only) : 7,5€ full price – 4€ reduced price from 6 to 17 years old – 1,50€ under 6 years old
For more information on the different tour options and prices, please see below – ideal for families
1- ➡️ Our recommendation: we advise you to buy your entrance ticket, combined, for inside the cathedral, its museum and its rooftops (panoramic terraces) (by stairs or lift) and optional audio guide. This package is very interesting, you will see everything!
2- If you wish to focus on a single place, we recommend :
➡️ Either buy your skip the line ticket, only for the interior of the cathedral and the museum.
➡️ Or buy your entrance ticket, only, to rooftops (stair sor lif), if you wish to fully enjoy this incredible place.
3- If you wish to take full advantage of this visit to learn more about the history of the cathedral and hear all the anecdotes related to the cathedral, we recommend that you :
➡️ Book your guided tour of Milan Cathedral, it is a guided tour in English , 1h30 with access to the interior of the cathedral and the rooftops, for a very attractive price with entrance skip the line, tickets included
4- Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology
It is one of the most visited museums in Milan. This science museum, very instructive, adapted to children and adults, takes about 2 hours to visit.
The museum covers many subjects, such asaerospace, transportation, climate, communication and of course the great inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, with a detailed and complete explanation for each work.
In short, a must-see during your visit to Milan!
Price: 10€ full price – 7,5€ reduced price from 3 to 25 years old – free for children under 3 years old – ideal for families
➡️ Book your entrance tickets, with skip the line ticket, so you don’t lose time on the day of your visit and are sure to have seats!
5. Scala: a mythical theater
Scala of Milan, in Italian Teatro alla Scala, was built in 1778. As its name suggests, it is a beautiful 3,000-seat theater with a program that attracts opera lovers from all over the world.
The theater has a museum with a rich collection of paintings related to the world of opera and objects related to the theater costumes, busts ….
Price : 9€ full price, reduced price 6€ student and children up to 13 years old – under 12 years old free – family price
6. Pinacoteca Ambrosiana: the Codex of Leonardo da Vinci
It is a small museum, count 2 hours of visit, in a beautiful building that hosts a large library in its center with an interesting and rich collection of Italian painters. With a nice section on Leonardo da Vinci, including his drawings of his inventions.
The masterpieces are the drawings of the Codex Atlanticus (surrounded by a glass case) and the “ Portrait of a musician “two major works by Leonardo da Vinci.
Price: 16,5€ full price – 11,5€ reduced price from 14 to 18 years old and students – free for children under 14 years old – ideal for families – audioguides 3€, in English and Italian at the ticket office
➡️ Book your tickets for the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Leonardo da Vinci Codex, to save time on the day of your visit!
7. Leonardo Museum3 : an interactive museum
It is an interactive museum that exhibits the main inventions of Leonardo da Vinci. You will find many models and 3D images (over 200) reconstructed from the drawings and writings of the inventor.
It is an ideal museum for families because there are many reconstructions on touch screens where you have to recompose the invention.
Price: 14€ full price – 11€ reduced student price – 9€ from 7 to 18 years old – 1€ before 6 years old – free for children under 14 years old – family price – audioguides 4€, in English (all panels are in English and Italian)
➡️ Book your tickets and audio guide to save time on the day of your visit.
8. Villa Necchi Campiglio: Milanese bourgeois villa
It is a magnificent bourgeois villa built between 1932 and 1935 in art deco style. It belonged to the Italian family Necchi.
During your visit, you will be able to go through the different rooms of the house distributed on 3 floors, many pieces of furniture, statues, paintings and decorative objects are still present. The house is surrounded by a huge wooded plot of land with a nice swimming pool in the center.
A haven of peace and nature in the heart of Milan. A must-see for art and architecture lovers.
Price: 14€ full price – 9€ reduced price from 18 to 25 years old – 6€ reduced price from 6 to 18 years old – free for children under 6 years old – ideal for families, children will easily project themselves – Guided tour in English and Italian
➡️ Book your ticket on the official website
9. Giuseppe Meazza Stadium and Museum
Mythical and unavoidable stadium for soccer fans! The stadium and its dressing rooms are incredible for the pleasure of discovering the playing field of the two great Milanese teams.
The museum is a little small, it presents some t-shirts and cups… But you’ll be going there mostly to discover the stadium!
➡️ Book your tickets to enter the stadium, the changing rooms and the museum (audio guide included)
10. Novecento: museum of contemporary art
It is the museum of contemporary art of Milan, nestled in a beautiful building, located next to the Duomo, which offers a beautiful collection of twentieth century artists and some other international painter for a small price.
A small plus, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Duomo square and the Vittorio Emanuele gallery.
Price: full price 5 € – reduced price 3 € 18-25 years and students – free every first and third Tuesday of the month after 2 pm
➡️ Book your tickets for the official Novecento website
11. Sforza castle
Sforza Castle (in Italian Castello Sforzesco), located at the end of Via Dante, contrasts with the modernity of Milan. It is also known because important Italian artists such as Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo participated in its reconstruction.
Today, it houses several museums. You can enter the gardens of the castle for free, to rest and admire its moat, its beautiful facades…
The interior of the castle houses numerous exhibitions. You will find collections on ancient art, the works of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, a museum of musical instruments and a beautiful library. In short, count on 3 good hours of visits!
Rates: full price 13,5€ – reduced price 11 € – free for students 18-25 years old and students – free under 17 years old
Our best museums on map
Our tips for sleeping in Milan
We recommend you to sleep in city center of Milan, near Duomo (Cathedral of Milan)! This allows you to visit a large part of the city by walking.
1. INTOMILAN Aparthotel Galleria Duomo, located a few minutes walk from the Duomo. The location of the hotel is perfect for visiting Milan. Our room was spacious, clean and well decorated. We had an excellent stay.
2. Brera apartments Alla Scala we had hesitated for a long time with this accommodation also very well located. It’s a flat so it’s easier to cook than in a hotel.
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