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Best Museums in Milan

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The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in a 1615 building constructed by Francesco Maria Richini. The gallery was founded in 1776, and it holds important works by Italian and foreign masters from 1400 to 1900. Of special note are the paintings by Vincenzo Foppa, Lorenzo Lotto, Paolo Veronese, Tintoretto, Giovanni Bellini, Andrea Mantegna, Tiziano, Correggio, Bramante, Gentile da Fabriano, Piero della Francesca, Caravaggio, Rubens, Hayez. This is the permanent home of Sposalizio della Vergine by Raffaello, the Cristo morto by Andrea Mantegna, Madonna and Saints by Piero della Francesca and the Madonna in trono e Santi by Ercole Dè Roberti. There are a bookshop and a cafeteria, and guided tours are available. It is located within the city's notable palace Palazzo di Brera which was constructed by architect, Francesco Maria Ricchino, in a Milanese Baroque style.

For art aficionados, Museo Del Novecento is a welcoming change as it highlights artistic expressions of the 20th Century till date. You will find masterpieces by Italian masters, renowned world artists and established local artists in its themed rooms. Set inside the Palazzo dell’Arengario with its grand staircase being the focal point to all the levels, you will find each area celebrating Italian art which includes varying forms such as surrealism, abstract and spatialism as well as sculptures. Besides its permanent collection of 400 works, it also hosts temporary exhibits, concerts and educational events.

One of the finest museums in the continent for its exquisite collection of 19th-century fine art, Museo Poldi Pezzoli has been delighting art connoisseurs since the late 19th Century. Get amazed by the masterpieces of artists like Giovanni Bellini, Guardi and Pollaiolo. Impeccable collections in the form of tapestries, porcelain, jewelry and glassware are also worth a look.

Founded in 1953, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci includes 28 distinct galleries dedicated to all aspects of science and technology, including the spectacular collection of the creations of Leonardo da Vinci. From transportation to astronomy and modern high technology, the scope of this museum ranks it among the most important in the world. The artifacts inside this museum provide a fascinating look into physical sciences.

Museo Archeologico is located in the rooms of the former Maggiore Monastery. Found here are prehistoric, Greek, Etrusian, and Roman relics mainly recovered from Milan's underground during the excavations for the metro line. Of particular interest is an ancient tract of Roman wall erected by the Emperor Massimiano Erculeo, a tower that survives from the Circus Maximus constructed in the 4th Century CE, and the ruins of a Roman house from the 1st Century CE. In the central entrance to the cloister is the "Masso di Borno", a large stone recovered in Val Camonica with 3rd Century C.E carvings on it. There is a book-store and a library, and museum publications are available to visitors. The museum is also frequently used for exhibitions related to the subject of archaeology and history.

Civic Museum of Natural History was founded in 1838, in a neo-Romanesque style building. Renovated and re-opened to the public in 1952, it's located within the public gardens of Corso Venezia. Beginning in 1980, a comprehensive modernization programme was initiated. There are eight sections: Mineralogy and Petrography, Geology, Paleontology, Vertibrate Paleontology, Vertibrate Zoology, Invertibrate Zoology, Entomology, and Botany. The Geology section boasts the largest number of panoramas existing in Europe; in numerous glass displays, natural environments have been re-created with reproductions of the fauna and flora. Of special interest is the fossil collection of the Besano Glacier with large-sized reptiles such as Ascheptosauri and Tanistrofei. There are also seven dinosaur skeletons assembled on display and the reconstruction of a Triceratopo Kritosaurus Notabilis. A naturalist library, a bookshop with museum publications, and guided tours are available.

The Museo Teatrale alla Scala was founded in 1913, but underwent a radical restoration and was opened again in 2004. The museum is a music-lover's Mecca: it gathers portraits and statues of the most well-known composers, opera singers and actors. It contains rare, ancient musical instruments such as a XVII spinet with the warning words "Inexpert hand, touch me not!" painted on it. Historical memories and set designs of the theater are on display on the second floor. In the first room, it is worth pointing out the still-life of musical instruments painted by Baschenis. The entrance of this museum is in the same building of the theater just on the side of the main doors.

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