Are you looking for an alternative itinerary of Milan? Here 5 Private Places (Museums, Houses and Foundations) hosting some interesting history, art and design exhibitions.


Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Milan Fashion District Art Culture

Credits to Ruggero Longoni

What is it?

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a late XIX century museum house where Fausto and Giuseppe brothers devoted themselves to the renovation of the family home located in the heart of Milan: a palace between Via Gesù and via Santo Spirito, now at the heart of Fashion District.

At the same time, the two brothers began collecting XIV-XV century paintings and artworks with the intent to set them up in their home so as to create a residence inspired to the Lombard homes of the XVI century.


What is it famous for?

The brothers Bagatti Valsecchi wanted to concentrate in their home everything that could be innovative in the world of the time (heating, running water and electric light) and make it meet with the maximum sophistication.

Today the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is one of the best preserved museum houses in Europe and one of the first great expressions of Milanese design.


Why is it worth going there?

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum participates at the initiative La Cultura Si Mangia! Un Panino Al Museo (“Taste Culture! A Sandwich at the Museum”): five lunch breaks, from 1 to 2 p.m., during which a topic will be “tasted” in addition to a good sandwich: a piece of history of this home and brother, family anecdotes and insights of the collections of one of the most original museum houses of Milan.



Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Museo Poldi Pezzoli Scalone Antico museum house milan italy art culture renaissance

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What is it?

The Poldi Pezzoli Museum is an elegant aristocratic residence of the late XIX century in Milan (via Manzoni 12), featuring the wonderful private collection of its old owner.

The young aristocrat Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli was an art enthusiast, and during his life, he dedicated himself to the collection of excellent works, creating the extensive collection of his family.


What is it famous for?

The Poldi Pezzoli residence offers an extraordinary setting for its collection, with Italian Renaissance paintings and a wide variety of decorative objects such as porcelain, carvings, clocks, or carpets.


Why is it worth going there?

Probably the most interesting halls in the museum are the Armory and the Golden Salon, where some of the most important works of the museum are exhibited, such as Botticelli’s Pietà and Ritratto di una Dama by Antonio Pollaiolo.



Fondazione Prada

Osservatorio Prada Milano Gallery Photography Exhibition

Credits to Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

What is it?

Fondazione Prada, in addition to its headquarter in via Isarco, opened this year the Observatory in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, in the heart of Milan.


What is it famous for?

In a historical moment in which photography is an integral part of the global digital flow of communication, Fondazione Prada, through Observatory activities, questions the cultural and social implications of current photographic production and its reception.


Why is it worth going there?

From the windows you can admire the exterior of the dome of the Gallery; the Observatory is a space dedicated to visual arts and contemporary photography.



Museo della Permanente

Museo della Permanente Milano Marc Chagall show exhibition

What is it?

La Permanente is a historical institution in the artistic landscape of Milan and Italy.
For more than a century, the Society for Fine Arts and Permanent Exhibition has promoted and disseminated cultural activities, organizing and producing monographic and thematic exhibitions and historical exhibitions, also in collaboration with museums, institutions and national and foreign institutions.


What is it famous for?

La Permanente has a collection of art made up of over 300 paintings and sculptures and about 100 drawings and engravings.
Harvesting has been forming over more than a century of organ history, starting with the inauguration of its current headquarters in 1886 to nowadays.


Why is it worth going there?

From October 14th, La Permanente will host, for the first time in Italy, the incredible show-exhibition dedicated to Marc Chagall: it’s a journey through stages, those of Marc Chagall’s artistic creation and his life.
In this new way of enjoying the work, the visitor-spectator will be able to perceive the enormous density and expressive wealth of Chagall’s dreamlike world.



Palazzo delle Stelline

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What is it?

Fondazione Stelline is home to a Congress Center, a place of communication, fashion, technology, science and information for Lombardy and Italy.


What is it famous for?

Palazzo delle Stelline, where the Foundation is based, is one of the most important historical sites in the history of Milan, located in front of the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie where the Last Supper of Leonardo da Vinci is preserved.



Why is it worth going there?

From September 19th, on the occasion of 30 years since the disappearance of Andy Warhol, the 20 famous portraits made by Aurelio Amendola to Andy Warhol  in his factory in New York will be displayed. For this occasion, Palazzo delle Stelline will show the magenta version of The Last Supper of the Master of Pop Art.


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