Culture & Travel

19 July 2021

Milan, one of the fashion capitals of Europe, attracts attention with its unique museums reflecting its historical and cultural beauties as well as being the city where the heart of fashion beats. As in many European cities, Milan offers beautiful museums where the best examples of art, history, and culture are exhibited. Now is the time to take a look at the famous Milan museums, which are visited by many tourists every year.

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Armani/Silos: In the trendy Zona Tortona district in the southwest of the city, this museum is dedicated to the famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. The Armani brand, which was established in 1975 and became popular especially in the 1980s, has taken its place among the world-famous brands. Located in the museum, which is grouped thematically over four floors, the exhibition highlights the points of inspiration that influenced Armani’s creative approach throughout his career. The works are grouped under ‘Stars,’ ‘Androgynous,’ and ‘Ethnicity,’ which are the themes that shape the designer’s work. The museum also hosts temporary presentations about the life and work of the unique designer.

Risorgimento Museum: Located in the heart of Milan, this small private museum is a building dedicated to Italy’s beginning as a nation, namely the Italian Unification or Risorgimento. The permanent collection of prints, paintings, sculptures, weapons, and various memorabilia depicts key events between Napoleon Bonaparte’s first expedition on Italian soil (1796) and the annexation of Rome to the Kingdom of Italy (1870). The collection reflects modern Italian political history from a broad perspective and gives detailed information about Lombardy and Milan by touching on the fashion of the period, crucial wars, important figures, and art.

MUDEC: Opened in 2015, the museum was designed by architect David Chipperfield, who transformed an industrial building on the site of the former Ansaldo Energia factory in Zona Tortona. In addition to a solid modern and contemporary art program, the museum hosts a wide range of historical and cultural exhibitions on topics such as Ancient Egypt or the history of Chinese migration in Milan. Blockbuster art presentations in recent years have included Frida Kahlo, Wassily Kandinsky, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Museo Nazionale Scienza and Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci: Italy’s largest museum dedicated to science and technology, named after the incomparable artist, engineer, and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. It is located in the Sant’Ambrogio district, in a large and beautiful 16th-century cloister, close to Leonardo’s former Milan residence and the site of his famous painting, The Last Supper. Starting from the Renaissance period, the museum illustrates macro and micro global developments in science and technology. The presentation is dynamic and accessible with over 13 interactive workshops and demonstrations (such as video games and immersive environments), making it a preferred museum, especially for families with children. The museum also has all screen texts available in English. This unique museum, which should be visited mainly by technology enthusiasts, has taken its place among the most famous museums in Milan.

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