the museums at the Sforza Castle and the museum dedicated to modern art in the first half of the 20th century, the next in my tour for you of museums in Milan is the wonderful Archaeological Museum of Milan, the perfect place to start your tour of Milan because......More......
HELPFUL DETOUR. Entering already costs very little, but this is at least the second summer that entrance to this and other civic museums is offered free-of-charge by ENI, the Italian oil company. This project is called "arte aperta," but info in English is as scarce as hen's teeth. Here's the scoop. From the 19th of July until the 8th of September, entrance to the following civic museums of Milan is free thanks to a generous contribution of ENI (don't bother going to their web site, though...can't find anything about this wonderful project, be it in Italian, or in English, and the website of the city of Milan offers only basic standard info in English):
- Museo del Novecento
- Museo Archeologico
- Museo del Risorgimento
- Museo di Storia naturale
- Musei del Castello Sforzesco (Museo d’Arte antica, Pinacoteca, Museo delle Arti decorative, Museo degli strumenti musicali, Raccolte extraeuropee, Museo egizio, Raccolte archeologiche preistoria e protostoria)
- Acquario civico
- Galleria d’Arte Moderna
- Palazzo Morando (this one has a fascinating collection of historic paintings of Milan, so you can see what the city looked like before photography).
post about a rainy day in May.)
Before leaving the museum, the ground floor has a bookshop enlarged when the museum was renovated. There are only a couple of postcards, though (boo-hoo!).
Well, well, well, that's about it, right?
Access to the museum is a bit more handicapped-friendly. There are elevators for those not willing, or able, to do the stairs in the two main structures of the museum. On the back of the museum is a small moveable platform for lifting wheelchairs up the half dozen steps to get visitors up to the ground floor. Please contact the museum ahead of time to make arrangements...you'll probably have to find someone to help you talk in Italian: tel. 02.88465720, fax 02 88465721. If you don't know anyone who speaks Italian, try showing up with a picture of the wheelchair to send into the museum with someone able to do the half-dozen stairs at the principal entry on Corso Magenta, 15, not far from bus stops for the 16 and 27 lines.
Archaeological Museum at Corso Magenta 15 (near stops for lines 16 and 27 of the tram; open 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., every day except Monday and certain public holidays).
Want more info about ancient Roman Milan? See my post wishing happy birthday to Rome.