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  • Museums
Palazzo Bagatti-Valsecchi

Some of the best Italian and European renaissance collections can be found at Palazzo Bagatti-Valsecchi which is non-profit historic house museum displaying compilations of paintings and art pieces that the Bagatti-Valsecchi family has collected over the years. The family has wished to share their assortment of artifacts as well as the traditional ambience of a 1900’s Milanese home which is much appreciated today. Many famous painters such as Giovanni Bellini find their works of art given there due respect here.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 1.00 pm to 5.45 pm
Address: Via Gesù, 5 – 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 76006132, +39 02 76014857
Fax No: +39 02 76014859

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Museo di Storia Naturale

Museo di Storia Naturale is counted amongst the finest history museums in Europe and largest one in Milan. Founded in 1838 with the help of Giuseppe De Cristoforis, a prominent art collector in Italy, actual construction of building in which the museum is housed, took place in 1893. Today it holds some fascinating exhibits of reconstructed fossils, scientific instruments alongside a large collection of 30,000 books in its library. Fossils rooted in a part of a Besano Glacier dating back 2 million years are just one of the many high spots of the museum.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last admission 5.30 pm)
Address: Corso Venezia, 55 - 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 88463337, +39 02 88463280
Fax No: +39 02 88463281

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Museo Poldi-Pezzoli

A private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli's was opened to the public in 1881. The museum exhibits various works of art, sculptures, jewelry, paintings, ancient artifacts, etc. personally collected by Pezzoli himself. This exquisite collection goes just well with the perfectly preserved regal residence of Pezzoli.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Address: Via Manzoni, 12 – 20121, Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 796334, +39 02 794889
Fax No: +39 02 45473811

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Museo di Storia Contemporanea

Situated in an elegant 18th century aristocratic house, Museo do Storia Contemporanea has been displaying relics, documents and pieces of art collected between the two World Wars as a part of its collection. Particular attention has been given to the history of Milan and Lombardy region. A conference room has been set up to arrange for regular meetings, discussions, debates on contemporary history and relevant topics.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
Address: Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini, via Sant'Andrea 6- 20121, Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 88465933, +39 02 88465735

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Civico Museo Archeologico (Civic Archaeological Museum)

Maggiore Monastery has now been renovated and converted in to the Civico Museo Archeologico which primarily exhibits historical objects and remnants from the prehistoric, Bronze Age, Greek, Etrusian, and Roman eras. Most of them were excavated during the construction of the Milan Metro line. An interesting and worth viewing is the world's oldest plough dating back 4,000 years which still can be seen at the museum.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Address: Corso Magenta, 15- 20123, Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 867336
Museo Teatrale alla Scala (Theatre Museum)

Museo Teatrale alla Scala is a theatre museum attached with Teatro alla Scala and concentrates mainly on the evolving of opera music from the initial comedy operas to the more intense romantic operas. Though it is known to cover history mostly of the Scala theatre, Italian theatrical history is also explained in great detail. The museum was opened in 1913 with the help of collections and funds collected for over two years. The place is perfect to get together and admire various music instruments & scores, portraits and documents.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm & 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm (last admission 5.30 pm)
Address: Largo Ghiringhelli, 1 (Piazza Scala)- 20121, Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 88797473, +39 02 88792090
Casa del Manzoni

Books rule in Casa del Manzoni where well-known author Alessandro Manzoni lived from 1814 till his last breath in 1874. The house reciprocates and promotes the feeling of intellectuality during Manzoni's times as many of his guests included authors like Tommaso Grossi, Garibaldi amongst others. Today the interiors of the house have been preserved with care and book lovers have a once in a lifetime chance of reading Manzon's complete works in the library which stocks more than 40,000 books.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9.00 am to 12.30 pm & 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Address: Via Morone, 1 - 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 86460403

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Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnia 'Leonardo da Vinci' (Science and Technology Museum)

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnia 'Leonardo da Vinci' is the largest science and technology museum in Italy, established in 1953 in ancient 16th century Olivetan monastery. The museum has been respectfully named after the painter Leonardo di Vinci who painted numerous masterpieces during the Renaissance Era, one of which is 'The Last Supper'. Educational exploration in the field on science and technology is the museum's main goal with focus given on activities achieved through interactive labs that let us experience how science evolved. Visitors can question, debate and hold meetings so that research paves new paths in the development of technology.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday and Holidays: 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
Address: Via S. Vittore 21 - 20123 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 485551
Fax No: +39 02 48010016

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  • Galleries
The Ambrosian Art Gallery / Biblioteca Ambrosiana
The Ambrosian Art Gallery (Pinacoteca Ambrosiana) and Biblioteca Ambrosianac together form a divine amalgamation of history and culture and was named after St.Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan. Founded by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, books and manuscripts have been carefully collected and selected from all over Europe to preserve its authenticity. Important among those are the 800 manuscripts collected from the Benedictine monastery of Bobbio and Paduan Vincenzo Pinelli library.
Address: Piazza Pio XI, 2 - 20123 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 80692
Fax No: +39 02 80692215

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The Sforza's Castle art gallery
The Sforza Castle built by Francesco Sforza in 1450 has gone through many renovations and now has finally settled as an art gallery which displays some of rarest sculptures and paintings such as those of Michelangelo's last ‘Rondanini Pietà’. It is divided into various art galleries and museums categorized according to the works of art; such as art antiquities, musical instruments, etc.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm (last admission at 5.00 pm)
Address: Castello Sforzesco, Piazza Castello- 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 88463703
Fax No: +39 02 80692215

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Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera)
Pinacoteca di Brera can be counted as one of those art galleries which collect, preserve, display and promote extensive collection of Italian Renaissance Era paintings right from the XIV to the XX century. The art gallery is an extension of the Brera Academy housed in Palazzo di Brera. There are number of rooms dedicated to each Era displaying Italian works as well as rooms specially structured for definite collections such as metaphysical paintings. The Palazzo di Brera shares an interesting history when it was initially a monastery and over the years after Jesuits were dissolved it came into its own due to the initiative of Queen Maria Teresa of Austria. Now it includes the Brera Academy, Art Gallery, Brera Astronomical Observatory and Botanical Garderns.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8.30 am to 7.15 pm (last admission at 6.30 pm)
Address: Via Brera, 28- 20121 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 722631
Fax No: +39 02 72001140

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  • Exhibitions and Fairs
Fiera di Milano (Trade Fair)
Fiero di Milano is a huge exhibition centre located in Rho, where it organizes trade fairs with various trader, exhibitors and companies. It ranks top in terms of exhibition spaces, facilities and services provided and event organization of trade fairs. Now it is known by it new name of Fieramilanocity, after it substituted the old fieramilano. The new fieromilanocity has a capacity of eight large pavilions covering a space of 345,000 m² for indoor exhibitions and double the space for outdoor exhibitions.
Address: 28, s.s. del Sempione, Rho- 20017 Milano, Italy
Tel No: +39 02 49971
Fax No: +39 02 49977379

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