Milan's Top Museums, Galleries, and Churches for Art Enthusiasts

From Da Vinci's Last Supper to Michelangelo, and Even Modern Art

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While Milan is not as well known for its museums like Florence and Rome, the northern city does have its share of great art spaces. It's also one of the few places in Italy where you can see Michelangelo's art, as well as iconic works from Leonardo da Vinci, such as the Last Supper, and also some more modern masterpieces.

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    Italy, Lombardy, Milan, Church Of St. Maria Delle Grazie
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    Perhaps Leonardo da Vinci's most famous work, The Last Supper (Cenacolo Vinciano in Italian), is located within the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie refectory.

    As this is one of the most in-demand paintings in the world, the church now acts as a museum, only allowing approximately 20-25 patrons to enter at a time to view the fresco.

    Not surprisingly, tickets can be difficult to secure and should be booked at least two months in advance, whenever possible.

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    Castello Sforzesco
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    Michelangelo's exquisite marble sculpture, Rondanini Pietà is located in the Pinacoteca of the Castello Sforzesco. This massive castle also houses a number of other museums, including a Museum of Ancient Art, a Museum of Musical Instruments, and the Archeological Museum, which has prehistoric and Egyptian sections.

    For a unique look at the castle, book Select Italy's Milan From a Different Point of View tour where you'll walk along the fortress walls and go to the top of the Falcon's Tour for great views of the city.

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    Pinacoteca di Brera Gallery
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    The Pinacoteca di Brera, part of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, is Milan's premier fine arts gallery, boasting paintings by both Italian and international artists including the likes of Raphael, Bellini, Bronzino, Mantegna, Tiepolo, as well as Rubens, Braque, Hayez, and Van Dyck.

    You can purchase Brera Art Gallery tickets online through Select Italy.

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    Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum
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    The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Technologia Leonardo da Vinci is Italy's largest science and technology museum. In addition to housing the Leonardo Gallery, which contains some of Leonardo da Vinci's original drawings and numerous models of his scientific innovations, the museum has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.

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    Inside Vatican City
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    The oldest museum in Milan houses priceless works by artists like Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and also contains the cartoon for the Raphael's The School of Athens, one of the highlights of the Vatican Museum.

    The adjacent library is most famous for having Leonardo da Vinci's Codice Atlantico, a collection of almost 2,000 drawings and notes from the Renaissance master.

    Purchase a combo pass for both the museum and library, which is good for two days, online from Select Italy.

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    Detail of furnishings of living room, Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale), Turin, Italy, 16th century
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    The Royal Palace of Milan was the seat of government for the city for many centuries but now serves as a cultural center and art museum.

    Used mostly to host temporary art exhibitions, the Palazzo Reale is also the home of the Civico Museo D'Arte Contemporanea, and the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art ​also called CIMAC. CIMAC features works of the 20th century, including collections of Surrealist and Futurist art.

Discovering Milan's Masterpieces Guided Tour

Discovering Milan's Masterpieces is a 3 hour tour that can be booked through Select Italy. The tour includes seeing the Last Supper (if tickets are available for your date), the Sforzesco Castle and Sculpture Museum with Michelangelo's Pieta, the Cathedral (and rooftop when Last Supper tickets are not available), and La Scala Opera House.