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Although most known internationally as the capital of Italian design and fashion, Milan is also a city of art, including Leonardo’s and Michelangelo’s.
Therefore, being in Milan for tourism, shopping, or to attend the Furniture Fair and the Fashion Week, it is also an opportunity to visit one of its many museums and art galleries.
In general, most of the city’s cultural venues are located in central Milan and can be easily reached by the public transport network, unusually efficient for an Italian city. Only a suggestion, Milan’s climate is not that of typical Mediterranean city, and winter’s weather is usually humid, foggy and gloomy; the capital of Lombardy is at its best from spring to early autumn.

Cover image: The Foro Buonapaste square in Milan with the Sforza Castle in background; photo © Inexhibit

museums in Milan

Castello Sforzesco – Sforza Castle, Milan

Castello Sforzesco – Sforza Castle, Milan

Milano - piazza Castello
closed on: Mondays, January 1 and December 25
The Castello Sforzesco (Sforza Castle) is a fortress in Milan housing various museums with remarkable artworks including the Rondanini Pieta by Michelangelo
Fabbrica del Vapore

Fabbrica del Vapore

Milano - Via Giulio Procaccini, 4
closed on:
Fabbrica del Vapore is an exhibition center and creative hub in Milan which includes workshops for artists, cafes, a theater and a popular exhibition space
MUDEC – Museum of Cultures | Milan

MUDEC – Museum of Cultures | Milan

Milano - via Tortona 56
closed on: Monday mornings
The MUDEC - Museo delle Culture is an ethnographic museum in Milan; designed by British architect David Chipperfield, the msueum opened on March 25, 2015
Museo del Novecento (Museum of the 20th century), Milan

Museo del Novecento (Museum of the 20th century), Milan

Milano - via Marconi, 1
closed on: Monday mornings
The Museo del Novecento in Milan is a large museum, located in Piazza del Duomo, mostly focused on 20th century Italian art, from Futurism to Arte Povera
Museo Martinitt e Stelline

Museo Martinitt e Stelline

Milano - corso Magenta, 57
closed on: Sundays, and Mondays
The Museo Martinitt and Stelline is a museum in Milan that, mainly through multimedia exhibits, tells the history of the city's orphans in the 19th and 20th century
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia – Milan

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia – Milan

Milano - via San Vittore, 21
closed on: Mondays; january 1, december 24 and 25
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della tecnica Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan (Science museum) is the largest science and technology museum in Italy
Museo Poldi Pezzoli – Milan

Museo Poldi Pezzoli – Milan

Milano - via Manzoni, 12
closed on: Tuesdays, January 1, Easter, April 25, May 1, August 15, November 1, and December 25
The Poldi Pezzoli museum in Milan showcases some of the most exquisite collections of Italian Renaissance painting and of decorative arts in Italy
PAC – Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea

PAC – Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea

Milano - via Palestro, 14
closed on: Monday
The PAC - Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea is an important modern and contemporary art center in Milan, housed in a building designed by Ignazio Gardella
Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera

Milano - Via Brera, 28
closed on: Mondays, January 1, May 1, and December 25
The Pinacoteca di Brera is an art museum in Milan mostly focused on painting from the early Italian Renaissance to the 20th century
Pirelli HangarBicocca – Milan

Pirelli HangarBicocca – Milan

Milano - via Chiese, 2
closed on: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
The HangarBicocca in Milan is an exhibition space for contemporary art housed in a disused Ansaldo-Breda warehouse in the former Bicocca industrial district
Studio-Museo Achille Castiglioni

Studio-Museo Achille Castiglioni

Milano - Piazza Castello, 27
closed on: See the museum website
People loving industrial design can't miss a visit to the Studio Achille Castiglioni Design Museum in Milan.
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci – Santa Maria delle Grazie – Milan

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci – Santa Maria delle Grazie – Milan

Milano - piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2
closed on: Mondays
Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and a convent in Milan, world-known for housing The Last Supper wall painting by Leonardo da Vinci
Triennale Design Museum

Triennale Design Museum

Milano - viale Alemagna, 6
closed on: Monday
The Triennale Design Museum of Milan, opened inside the Palazzo della Triennale in 2007, is the first museum in Italy focused on Industrial Design.

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Prada opens Osservatorio, a new gallery focused on photography in Milan

Prada opens Osservatorio, a new gallery focused on photography in Milan

In December 2016, the Prada Foundation opens "Osservatorio", a new exhibition space focused on photography, in Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Prada Foundation Milan p.1- OMA’s architecture

Prada Foundation Milan p.1- OMA’s architecture

Inexhibit's article on the new Prada Foundation Milan. Part 1: the renovation design by OMA - Rem Koolhaas and architecture of the industrial complex

Prada Foundation Milan p. 2 – the art collection

Prada Foundation Milan p. 2 – the art collection

Prada Foundation Milan part 2: collection and art programs. The artists: Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Damien Hirst, Yves Klein, John Baldessari and more

Milan | Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà museum

Milan | Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà museum

May 2015 will be remembered in Milan as the month the Rondani Pietà by Michelangelo finally found a proper home: the Museo della Pietà in the Sforza Castle

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Rail yard redevelopment projects create new urban scenarios for Milan

Rail yard redevelopment projects create new urban scenarios for Milan

7 rail yards in Milan re-imagined through masterplans by 5 international architects: MAD, Mecanoo, EMBT Miralles Tagliabue, Cino Zucchi, and Stefano Boeri

“Too good to waste” installation by Benedetta Tagliabue | Milan Design Week 2017

“Too good to waste” installation by Benedetta Tagliabue | Milan Design Week 2017

Too Good to Waste is the installation designed by Benedetta Tagliabue - EMBT for American Hardwood Export Council on view at "Material Immaterial".

Inspired in Barcelona. Catalan design at Palazzo Isimbardi | Milan Design Week 2017

Inspired in Barcelona. Catalan design at Palazzo Isimbardi | Milan Design Week 2017

The exhibition "Inspired in Barcelona: In & Out", on view at Palazzo Isimbardi during the Milan Design Week 2017, showcases the latest Catalan design.

Maarten Baas presents the 101 Chair at Ventura Centrale | Milan design Week 2017

Maarten Baas presents the 101 Chair at Ventura Centrale | Milan design Week 2017

May I have your attention please?" Is the installation by Maarteen Baas who presents in Milan the 101 Chair and the Maarten Baas Table produced by Lensvelt

Lee Broom “Time Machine” at Ventura Centrale in Milan

Lee Broom “Time Machine” at Ventura Centrale in Milan

On a white carousel in Milan's central station, Lee Broom presents his most iconic designs to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his brand

Milan Design Week 2017 |  Design Nomade at Base focuses on contemporary nomadic living

Milan Design Week 2017 | Design Nomade at Base focuses on contemporary nomadic living

For the Milan Design Week, Base Milano in Zona Tortona hosts "Design Nomade", an interesting event and exhibition focused on contemporary nomadic living

Milan Design Week 2017 | Oikos presents “White in the City”

Milan Design Week 2017 | Oikos presents “White in the City”

On the occasion of Milan Design Week 2017, Oikos presents White in the City, a project focused on the white color involving leading names in architecture

Milan Design Week 2017 | Inhabits: micro-architecture prototypes at Parco Sempione

Milan Design Week 2017 | Inhabits: micro-architecture prototypes at Parco Sempione

Inhabits - Milan Design Village presents at Parco Sempione 5 prototypes of modular and sustainable micro-houses, emergency shelters, and urban pavilions

Milan Design Week 2017 |  Wave/Cave ceramic pavilion by SHoP Architects

Milan Design Week 2017 | Wave/Cave ceramic pavilion by SHoP Architects

Installed at the University of Milan for the Design Week 2017, Wave/Cave is an open pavilion made in ceramics, designed by New York-based SHoP Architects.

Milan Design Week 2017 | [róng] : from traditional Chinese craft to contemporary design

Milan Design Week 2017 | [róng] : from traditional Chinese craft to contemporary design

The exhibition [róng] at Milan Design Week 2017 investigates China's traditional craft materials and techniques through 70 objects by Chinese designers.

“Giro Giro Tondo. Design for children”. The 10th edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan

“Giro Giro Tondo. Design for children”. The 10th edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan

Entitled "Giro Giro Tondo", the 10th edition of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan is focused on design for children.

2017 Milan Design Week pays homage to Zaha Hadid

2017 Milan Design Week pays homage to Zaha Hadid

The 2017 Milan Design Week features various designs by Zaha Hadid, on view in different venues, as a tribute to the Iraqi-British architect, who passed away one year ago

2017 Milan Design Week and Furniture Fair

2017 Milan Design Week and Furniture Fair

2017 Milan Design Week and Furniture Fair: venues, exhibitions, design districts, program of events, and all the original articles and pictures by Inexhibit

Milan Design Week 2017 |  projects by students at “Ventura Lambrate”

Milan Design Week 2017 | projects by students at “Ventura Lambrate”

From 4 through 9 April, 2017, 127 exhibitors will be in Milan for the 8th edition of "Ventura Lambrate" for this year's edition of Milan Design Week.

“The Restless Earth” (La Terra Inquieta) from 28 April at La Triennale di Milano

“The Restless Earth” (La Terra Inquieta) from 28 April at La Triennale di Milano

La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi has announced the exhibition “The Restless Earth” which will be open from April 28, 2017.

Milan Design Week 2017 | DOUTDESign by Zona Santambrogio design district

Milan Design Week 2017 | DOUTDESign by Zona Santambrogio design district

The exhibition "DOUTDESign" organized by “Zona Santambrogio design district” during Milan Design Week will be dedicated to young emerging designers

Milan Design Week 2017 | selected events from the Tortona District program

Milan Design Week 2017 | selected events from the Tortona District program

After the success of the 2016 edition this year as well Tortona District aims to be one of the best destinations during Milan Design Week,(4-9 april 2017)

“Ventura Centrale”, a new surprising location in the heart of Milan

“Ventura Centrale”, a new surprising location in the heart of Milan

Ventura projects, a curated exhibition program focused on the latest developments at the forefront of contemporary design, presents "Ventura Centrale"

“Arbor Lights” in Milan by Not a Number Architects

“Arbor Lights” in Milan by Not a Number Architects

Arbor Lights is a spatial installation designed by Not a Number Architects for the occasion of the Milan Design Week 2016, located at Bulgari Hotel Gardens

Open Borders – between design and architecture at Milan University

Open Borders – between design and architecture at Milan University

The event Open Borders in Milan presents works between design and architecture by MAD architects, Stefano Boeri, Laura Ellen Bacon, Sebastian Cox, among others

Fuorisalone at Ventura Lambrate | Milan Design Week

Fuorisalone at Ventura Lambrate | Milan Design Week

Ventura Lambrate is the most unconventional district of Milan Design Week, exhibiting European design schools, small manufacturers, and emerging designers

Before Design: Classic | the origins of Italian design

Before Design: Classic | the origins of Italian design

The exhibition Before Design: Classic at the Milan Furniture Fair 2016 is a narration about those objects and pieces of furniture we define “classic” today

Report from Milan Furniture Fair 2016

Report from Milan Furniture Fair 2016

The 2016 edition of Milan Furniture Fair, although in its usual heterogeneity, presents some common traits which raise interesting points of discussion

Milan Design Week 2016 | exhibitions, installations, events

Milan Design Week 2016 | exhibitions, installations, events

Milan Design Week 2016, Furniture Fair and Fuorisalone: main venues, design districts map, program of exhibitions and special events from April 12 onwards

New Craft – Technology meets craft at Fabbrica Del Vapore

New Craft – Technology meets craft at Fabbrica Del Vapore

At Fabbrica del Vapore for the XXI Triennale of Milan, the exhibition New Craft depicts the encounter of advanced technologies and traditional manufacturing

Milan | exhibition Sempering: materials and forms

Milan | exhibition Sempering: materials and forms

The exhibition Sempering at the MUDEC museum in Milan investigates the relationships between materials, manufacturing, and forms in architecture and design

XX1T Milan | Neo-Prehistory. 100 verbs

XX1T Milan | Neo-Prehistory. 100 verbs

Neo-Prehistory. 100 verbs. curated by Andrea Branzi and Kenya Hara is one of the main events of the 21st Triennale International exhibition in Milan

XX1T Milan | 21st Century Design After Design

XX1T Milan | 21st Century Design After Design

All about the 21st Milan Triennial Exhibition “Design after design”. Exhibitions, conferences, live performances, educational programs, and workshops

The Exhibitions of the Triennale di Milano

The Exhibitions of the Triennale di Milano

The history of the International Exhibitions of architecture, design and decorative arts held by the Triennale di Milano, from 1923 to the upcoming edition

Dismantling EXPO, the dark side of architecture

Dismantling EXPO, the dark side of architecture

The Facebook group “Dismantling Expo” testifies the final fate of the national pavilions at Expo Milan 2015 and the dark fascination of fading architecture

Milan | Paul Gauguin. Tales from Paradise

Milan | Paul Gauguin. Tales from Paradise

A Paul Gauguin exhibition in Milan presents paintings, drawings and sculptures from Gauguin's impressionism period to his South Pacific years in Tahiti

Milan | All the worlds of Barbie at Mudec museum

Milan | All the worlds of Barbie at Mudec museum

The exhibition "Barbie the icon", at the Mudec museum in Milan until March 2016, presents the many identities and the world of the most famous of all dolls

Milan |”Gaspare Ash Works” at The Open box

Milan |”Gaspare Ash Works” at The Open box

Until November 30, 2015, The Open Box hosts the exhibition Gaspare Ash Works 2013 - 2015, where its founder Gaspare Luigi Marcone presents his own works

Milan | The Great Mother – exhibition at Palazzo Reale

Milan | The Great Mother – exhibition at Palazzo Reale

The exhibition "The Great Mother” opens to the public on August 26, 2015, in Milan.The exhibition is conceived and produced by Nicola Trussardi Foundation

The future of EXPO 2015 sails into troubled waters

The future of EXPO 2015 sails into troubled waters

EXPO Milan 2015 will end soon, and the debate on the future of its 12 million-square-foot site is increasingly harsh with a diverse set of proposals arising

Milan | EXPO 2015 | United Kingdom Pavilion

Milan | EXPO 2015 | United Kingdom Pavilion

The United Kingdom participation at EXPO 2015 is entitled "Grown in Britain: Shared Globally". Its beehive-like pavilion is designed by Wolfgang Buttress

Milan – EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Italy

Milan – EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Italy

"Padiglione Italia" is the official pavilion of Italy at EXPO 2015 Milan; a white building which photo-catalytic concrete facades resemble a urban forest

Make in Italy – 50 years of Italian innovation

Make in Italy – 50 years of Italian innovation

Make in Italy the exhibition, at the Museum of Science and Technology and EXPO in Milan, presents innovative products developed in Italy throughout 50 years

Milan | EXPO 2015 | The Pavilion Zero

Milan | EXPO 2015 | The Pavilion Zero

Designed by Michele de Lucchi, the Pavilion Zero at EXPO is inspired by the morphology of the Earth's crust to depict the relation between us and our Planet

Alma Mater – a multimedia total-artwork in Milan

Alma Mater – a multimedia total-artwork in Milan

Alma Mater, the creation by Israeli composer Yuval Avital, currently installed at the Fabbrica del Vapore, in Milan, is a multimedia total-artwork

Milan | EXPO 2015 | The German pavilion

Milan | EXPO 2015 | The German pavilion

The biomorph pavilion of Germany at EXPO 2015, entitled Fields of Ideas, presents a sustainable use of natural resources and the richness of the German land

Milan EXPO 2015 | Swiss Pavilion

Milan EXPO 2015 | Swiss Pavilion

The pavilion of Switzerland at EXPO 2015 presents an interesting interpretation of the theme of the consumption of food and water resources

Milan EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Spain

Milan EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Spain

Designed by B720 Fermìn Vàzquez Arquitectos, the timber and steel pavilion of Spain at EXPO 2015 presents the Spanish territory, products and gastronomy

Milan  EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Brazil

Milan EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of Brazil

Designed by Artuthur Casas, the pavilion of Brazil at EXPO 2015 features a huge elastic mesh, suspended over a garden, as a metaphor of Brazilian diversity

EXPO Milan 2015 | The UAE pavilion by Foster + Partners

EXPO Milan 2015 | The UAE pavilion by Foster + Partners

The design of the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the EXPO 2015 in Milan by Foster + Partners is inspired by UAE's architecture, landscape and desert dunes

Milan – EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of France

Milan – EXPO 2015 | Pavilion of France

The pavilion of France at EXPO 2015 by XTU architects and Studio Rispal resembles a covered market where present and future of food production are presented

Milan | EXPO 2015 | Land of Hope – China pavilion

Milan | EXPO 2015 | Land of Hope – China pavilion

The China pavilion at EXPO 2015 Milan designed by Tsinghua University-Studio Link-Arc is an intriguing vision of a "Land of Hope" where city and nature meet

EXPO Milan 2015 | Breathe Austria, Austrian Pavilion

EXPO Milan 2015 | Breathe Austria, Austrian Pavilion

The pavilion of Austria at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, entitled "breathe.austria" brings the visitors into the air, smells and sounds of an Austrian forest

“Energy for Creativity” at the University of Milan

“Energy for Creativity” at the University of Milan

Energy for Creativity is a design and architecture exhibition hosted until May 28, 2015, at the University of Milan, on the occasion of EXPO Milan 2015

Milan | Favilla: a tale of light

Milan | Favilla: a tale of light

Favilla, installation in Piazza San Fedele in Milan, designed by Attilio Stocchi, is an immersive tale made of light and a narrator's voice

Milan | Camera Chiara by Annabel Karim Kassar

Milan | Camera Chiara by Annabel Karim Kassar

Camera Chiara is an installation, designed by Annabel Karim Kassar in the framework of the “Energy for Creativity” inspired by the culture of Lebanon

Milan | Future Flowers – installation by Libeskind

Milan | Future Flowers – installation by Libeskind

The lawn inside the “Farmacia” courtyard has been invaded by the red planes of the Future Flowers installation by Daniel Libeskind.

Pictures from the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

Pictures from the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

The photos we made at the Milan Furniture Fair 2015 of some of the exhibition stands presented by the design companies participating to this year's edition

Milan Design Week | De Lucchi’s “Walk”

Milan Design Week | De Lucchi’s “Walk”

With his “The Walk” at the Milan Furniture fair, Michele de Lucchi, invites us to a different vision of working through a meditation around the workspace.

Milan | EXPO Gate pavilions by Scandurra Studio

Milan | EXPO Gate pavilions by Scandurra Studio

Expo Gate is the reference venue of Expo 2015 in the heart of Milan. Its pavilions designed by Scandurra Studio, accommodate a multipurpose temporary center

EXPO Milan 2015 | Arts & Foods at the Triennale

EXPO Milan 2015 | Arts & Foods at the Triennale

The exhibition Arts & Foods. Rituals since 1851,the first section of the EXPO 2015 to open, investigates the relationship between food, rituals and arts

Milan | “The Rules of the Game”

Milan | “The Rules of the Game”

The exhibition The Rules of the Game features 18 renowned international artists who confront themselves with the design and vision of Achille Castiglioni

Milan | MaTeinItaly: the story of maths

Milan | MaTeinItaly: the story of maths

The objective of the MateinItaly exhibition at the Triennale in Milan is to familiarize people with mathematics presented as a problem-solving discipline

Milan | The elusive Ugo La Pietra

Milan | The elusive Ugo La Pietra

The exhibition “Ugo La Pietra, Disequilibrating design” at the Triennale Museum in Milan is dedicated to one of the most unorthodox Italian designers

Milan | Feeding . New ideas for the city

Milan | Feeding . New ideas for the city

FEEDING, New ideas for the City, organized by Interni magazine and Mondadori anticipates the subjects of the 2015 EXPO in Milan and the near future city

Elica Ring pavilion by stARTT

Elica Ring pavilion by stARTT

The project by stARTT for a trade fair stand in Milan is part of our selected archive of experimental designs, built projects and innovative products

Postcards from the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Postcards from the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair

Milan Furniture Fair 2014. There is no better way to build up a small exhibition spaces catalogue than visiting a relevant fair or an expo

Milan | Where Architects Live exhibition

Milan | Where Architects Live exhibition

Where Architects live is an exhibition-installation which depicts the spaces and the cities where eight protagonists of contemporary architecture reside

Milan | Italian Design Icons

Milan | Italian Design Icons

At theTriennale Design Museum in Milan a new semi-permanent installation by Antonio Citterio features some of the greatest icons of Italian design

Triennale Design Museum 7th Edition

Triennale Design Museum 7th Edition

The 2014 7th semi-permanent exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan focuses on how design and creativity react to times of economical crisis

Milan | Cildo Meireles at HangarBicocca

Milan | Cildo Meireles at HangarBicocca

The exhibition of the Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles at the HangarBicocca in Milan, a center devoted to the production and promotion of contemporary art

Milan | Piero Fornasetti exhibition

Milan | Piero Fornasetti exhibition

The great exhibition on Piero Fornasetti held for the centenary of the Italian designer and artist at the Triennale Design Museum until 9 February 2014

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