The Royal Palace of Milan was the seat of government of the Italian city of Milan for many centuries, a former royal palace with large halls, refined furnishings and sweeping staircase; today has become a significant exhibition venue and cultural center. Originally designed with a structure of two courtyards, the palace was then partially demolished to make room for the Duomo. The building is located to the right of the facade of the cathedral opposite the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The magnificent Hall of Caryatids can be found on the main floor of the building. It fills the site of the old theatre, which burned down in 1776 and is the only room that survived the massive bombings of 1943. Many of the neoclassical interiors of the Palace were lost. Palazzo Reale has ancient origins and its history is entwined with that of this city and of the families who ruled it; a reflection of the several powers that alternated in the city government and which shaped the appearance of the edifice over the centuries, until it became the prestigious location for major art exhibitions in Milan that we know today.
Sforza Castle was built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza, Duke of Milan, on the remains of a 14th-century fortification. Later renovated and enlarged, in the 16th and 17th centuries it became one of the most massive citadels in Europe. Extensively rebuilt by Luca Beltrami in 1891–1905, it now houses several of the city's museums and art collections. For centuries the Milanese considered the castle to be an emblem of both tyranny and foreign rule and therefore attempted to assault and demolish the hated fortress on various occasions. Only after the unification of Italy and its conversion to a cultural center the castle truly become dear to the hearts of the Milanese and as such, a symbol of the city.
Fondazione Prada is a foundation committed to contemporary art and culture. The Fondazione solo shows conceived as dialogues with acclaimed contemporary artists.
La Triennale di Milano is an Italian international cultural institution controlled by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism promoting art, design and architecture in Italy and abroad. It organizes exhibitions of high visibility and attention such as those dedicated to contemporary art, to architects and designers of national and international fame, to great stylists who have changed taste and customs, to social themes. Its headquarters is located in the Palazzo dell'Arte, in Milan, built between 1931 and 1933 A permanent museum of Italian design, the Triennale Design Museum, was opened in 2007.
One of the oldest cultural institutions in Milan and founded in 1618 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, the Ambrosiana Gallery houses a permanent collection of beautiful paintings, sculptures, etchings and drawings donated by Borromeo himself. Inside the Pinacoteca’s expositive path, combined in 24 rooms, we can admire some of the most significant masterpieces of all times, like The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, The cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael , the Adoration of the Magi by Titian, the Madonna del Padiglione by Sandro Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Jan Brueghel. The building housing the museum is magnificent and is a work of art in itself.
Armani/Silos is a fashion art museum dedicated to the work & inspirations of fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Wonderful outfits are displayed and the interiors. Great coffe at the bar.
The Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" is the largest science and technology museum in Italy, formerly a monastery, now this great museum with scale models of da Vinci's submarines and planes.
The Last Supper is one of the world's most recognizable paintings, a late 15th-century mural painting by Leonardo da Vinci, housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan.
Graceful palazzo used by Napoleon, with medieval and Renaissance art especially from Northern Italy. Now the main public Gallery for paintings in Brera, Milan.
The Museo del Novecento, located inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario in Piazza del Duomo, hosts a collection of over four thousand works that catalyze the evolution of 20th-century Italian art; in fact apart from a single room housing works by foreign artists including Braque, Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, Matisse, Mondrian and Picasso, the majority of the works exhibited in the museum are by Italian artists. The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of expanding the knowledge of 20th-century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Besides its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation and promotion of 20th century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience.