The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in the pedestrian area of the Brera district, which is renowned for its' street cafes and small, chic boutiques. This world class museum exhibits works of art which can be found in any history of art textbook.The Pinacoteca is next door to the Accademia di Belle Arti and was founded by Maria Teresa of Austria in 1776. It was originally intended as a collection of exemplary works to help form the students of the Accademia.Later on, when Milan become the capital of the Italian Kingdom (Regno Italico), the collection was transformed  at the behest of Napoleon into a museum which was to exhibit the most important works of art that had been taken from the territories conquered by the French armed forces.At the centre of the courtyard visitors can admire the bronze statue of Napoleon I, depicted as Mars, and made by Antonio Canova.The 38 rooms of the Pinacoteca are home to works of art  by Italian artists from the XIV al XIX century as well as some of the greatest foreign artists. Amongst the most famous are Piero della Francesca, Mantegna, Raffaello, Bramante, Caravaggio, Tintoretto. Thanks to private donors,  the Pinacoteca has been able to expand its' collection over the years to include works from the 1900s by Balla, Carrà, De Pisis, Braque, Modigliani, Morandi, etc.Walking through the rooms of the Pinacoteca visitors can admire the "Sposalizio della Vergine" by  Raffaello (Raphael), the "Cristo morto" by Mantegna, the Bellini "Pietà", and for the more romantic the renowned "Kiss" by Hayez, the Last Supper by Rubens and the Bull's Head by Picasso...The museum is laid out well and every room has an explanation of the works of art exhibited. Entrance price is € 10, but children under 18 don't pay. Families can take advantage of the audio guide for children which only costs € 4. The audio tape records a conversation between two imaginary  guides who have come out of two pictures, one of which is a little devil and the other is a well mannered girl who is keen to learn. During the tour  the girl and the little devil meet characters who have come out of the canvases and who give information about their paintings. The staff organises tours and workshops for children from September to May. For further details please see the website.   
Via Brera 28 20121 Milan
02 722631
The first image that springs to mind when thinking about Milan, is the imposing Gothic cathedral (or duomo) that is situated in the main square in the centre of Milan, known as Piazza del Duomo. The Duomo is the fruit of centuries worth of work. It was commenced in 1386 and concluded with the work on the facade in 1813. It was built thanks to the generosity of Milan's most important families and illustrious merchants as well as the collective effort of the Milanese people. This building is quite magnificant, so make sure you find the time to admire the facade and go inside to witness the magnificant stained glass windows and arches which will transport you back in time. it is worth reading up on its history beforehand and going up onto the roof (on foot or by lift) to admire the gargoyles as well as witness the breathtaking views across the city. On a clear day you can even see the Alps! At the top of the highest pinnacle is the famous statue in gold plated copper of the Madonnina (small Madonna), the symbol of Milan, which appears to touch the sky. Placing a 416 cm at 104 metres was no mean feat for the engineers at the time. In November 2013 the Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) was opened to house many of the works of art belonging to the Cathedral that have been removed for restoration or conservation purposes or had been stored in the archives of  the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo (which was founded in 1837 by Gian Galeazzo Visconti and is responsible for the conservation and management  of the Cathedral). The cost of the ticket (€6) also gives you access to the il Battistero di San Giovanni (Bapistry of Saint John) which is under the Cathedral and where excavatation work is still being carried out to this day.More than a  year ago the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo introduced the "Adopt a Gargoyle" initiative that helps raise funds for the restoration of  the 135 gargoyles that grace the Cathedral. By making a small donation you can help the fabulous work carried out by the Fabbrica  and have your name put in the Register of Donors thereby contributing to the history of this wonderful Cathedral. For more information please see www.adottaunaguglia.duomomilano.itGiven the artistic worth of the Duomo, there is a section dedicated to educational programmes  at as well as a blog where you can find information, news and events  even for children.  
Via Arcivescovado 1 20122 Milano
02 72022656
The imposing Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco) is one of Milan's main landmarks and symbols. It was built in the  XV century by the Duke of Milan - Francesco Sforza - as his ducal home, even if there has been a building on this site since the mid 1300s.This fascinating monument is both rich in history and mystery. The castle was built on a square plan with towers at each corner, as well as one in the middle of the facade. This central tower is  known as the Torre del Filarete. Its' 800m perimetre is surrounded by a moat. The main entrance is under the Torre del Filarete in Piazza Cairoli which faces an imposing fountain. Visitors are drawn into the inner courtyard which leads to the so-called Piazza del Cannone and the wonderful Parco Sempione beyond. Among the many architects who have worked on the Sforza Castle, Filippo Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci are also listed.The Sforza Castle currently houses the Civiche raccolte d'Arte: the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) which has works by Canaletto, Mantegna, Bellotto as well as many others; the Museo d'Arte Antica (Museum of Ancient Art) which has brought together twelve centuries of sculpture much of which is from Lombardy, as well as Michelangelo's Pietà Rondinin; the Museo degli Strumenti Musicali (Museum of Musical Instruments), home to instruments made between the XV  and XX century; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prehistoric Museum and the Egyptian Museum where you will be captivated by the Book of the Dead, sarcophagi and mummies. Many cultural events are held here at the Castle. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to "Sforzinda, Il Castello di Milano per i bambini", an area set aside inside the Castle for children aged 4 to 11 where workshops and activities are held during the week, weekend and holidays as well as museum trips. For further details, please take a look at Sforza Castle website. 
Piazza Castello 20121 Milano
02 88463700
La Triennale di Milano was opened in Monza in 1923 and ten years later it moved to its current location in Milan, which was purpose built. Triennale is an international cultural institution that holds architectural, design, art, cinema, fashion, communications and business conventions, exhibitions and events. It also organises high profile Italian and international design, architectural, modern art and fashion exhibitions, such as: Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Alberto Burri, Giorgio Armani, Renzo Piano, Giò Ponti.The Triennale Milano is also a museum. The first floor of this great building is home to the Triennale Design Museum which was opened in 2007 by the Municipality of Milan. It is the first Italian design museum and every year it hosts an exhibition with a particular theme, offering visitors the chance to discover the excellence of Italian design.The Triennale also prides itself on being a centre of ideas, not just for art connoisseurs, but also students, professionals, adoloscents and even children; where experimental and interactive activities are part of cultural projects.  propone anche come laboratorio di idee che si rivolge non solo agli appassionati, a studenti e professionisti, ma anche ai bambini e a i ragazzi con attività sperimentali e interattive dedicate alla cultura del progetto. Visitors are also invited to further their study in the specialist art, design and architectural Bookstore or the Library (la Biblioteca del Progetto con il Centro Documentazione del Touring Club Italiano), or visit the Triennale Design Cafè which overlooks the garden and boasts fifty different chairs all of which have been designed by famous designers.Why not take advantage of the T-Friends scheme which allows cardholders of the T-Friends Card to take part in all of the events organised by the Triennale, such as openings and exhibitions with discounted ticket prices, as well as receive a newsletter and have access to the members' part of their website etc.  
Viale Emilio Alemagna 6 20121 Milano
02 724341
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci ("Science Museum"), named after the genius himself, was founded in 1953 and is the largest science and technology museum in Italy. The museum covers 40,000 square metres and is set in an old Benedictine monastery which has several floors and is surrounded by two wonderful cloisters. The museum is home to more than 10,000 objects that demonstrate how science and technology have evolved and explores the relationship between man and machine from the days of Leonardo da Vinci to the present day. The museum is divided into various sections: Telecommunications, Astronomy, Goldsmithery, Graphic Arts, Cinema, Horology, Transport, Musical Instruments, Metallurgy, Metal Working, Energy sources and devices.  Visitors can enjoy the numerous interactive workshops which are included in the ticket price. Simply book the ones you wish to attend at the Museum's Info Point when you arrive - bear in mind that there are a limited number of places. The Leonardo Da Vinci gallery is definitely worth a visit. It boasts 130 models that re-create on a smaller scale, the unique civil and military structures designed by Leonardo. Another favourite is the "Toti": the first submarine to have been built in Italy after the Second World War. Visitors need to book a guided tour in advance, but it is definitely worth the effort as visitors get to wander through the submarine and see how Toti's crew lived and worked as well as the technology they used to navigate the depths. It is difficult to find street parking near the Museum (especially on Saturday due to the crowded Viale Papiniano market), so we suggeet that you go there by metro (linea verde/green line) and get off at Sant'Ambrogio. Please note that there are no refreshment areas in the Museum, other than a drinks and snacks machine so make sure you stock up before you go inside.  
Via San Vittore 21 20123 Milan
02 485551
Did you know that Lombardy was once famous for its aircraft industry? It was companies like Caproni, Agusta, Aermacchi and Siai Marchetti,  pioneers in this industry, that put Lombardy on the map. That rich history can be admired today not ten minutes walk from Malpensa Airport at Volandia: the biggest aircraft museum in Italy.The former Caproni Aeronautics Worskhop of 1910 is now home to this enormous museum. Here visitors can admire the conquest of the skies, from pioneering balloon flights and the first airplanes at the beginning of the twentieth century to the AW609 tiltrotor: a perfect combination between vertical and horizontal flight. There are hundreds of things to see at Volandia: the first Italian biplane (Ca.1) that took flight in 1910; the Piazzai collection with 1,200 scale models of aircrafts; a reproduction of an Apollo mission Command Module, the diorama of the Moon and much, much more. Many of the exhibits are interactive and children love climbing on board some the airplanes and helicopters as well as gazing at the skies in the planetarium. Volandia also houses a large indoor and  outdoor area for children (especially little ones) and 15 flight simulators for adults and teenagers (although we suggest you call in advance for more information and availability). Volandia is also home to the largest Italian model railway, the "Ideal City" buildt by Prof. Ogliari. Perfect for all railway geeks of any age. This amazing museum is open from 10.00 to 19.00 on Tuesdays to Fridays and 10.00 to 19.30 on Saturdays and Sundays from March to November. During the winter (December to February) Volandia is only open on Sundays from 10.00 to 22.00.If you are looking for fun summer camps for your children in both English and Italian, take a look at Volandia's website for more details!
Via per Tornavento, 15 Case Nuove 21019 Somma Lombardo (VA)
0331 230007
You can't miss WOW Spazio Fumetto as you drive down Viale Campania thanks to the huge sign that adorns the wall of the 11,000m2 area that houses the museum, bar and park that are open to the public. My kids love this park, which is great for all ages thanks to the basketball courts, swings and slides and large skateboard area where kids can learn to perform skateboard tricks. However, "my" favourite part is the cartoon museum that puts on exhibitions throughout the year of famous and lesser known cartoon characters. There is also a publice library inside that has 9,000 volumes and a specialist book shop. WOW Spazio Fumetto can also be rented out for private events and parties! The bar is a great place to hang out for a snack or aperatif even for parents as they can keep an eye on their little ones while they dart around the park.     ORARI: Mar-Ven 15:00-19:00Sab-Dom: 15:00-20:00
Viale Campania 12, Milan
02 49524744
Mudec- Milan's Museum of Cultures has been built on part of the ex-Ansaldo factory site to honour the many cultures represented in this great little melting pot of Milan.The museum is comprised of different spaces to offer visitors a whole range of cultural events and facilities spread out over an area of 17,000 square metres. The display area is laid out around a large, covered central plaza on the first floor, which hosts the section of the museum with the works of the permanent collection and the rooms used for major exhibitions as well as the auditorium, a theatre with three hundred seats devoted to performances and the visual arts.The ground-floor reception area includes a bistro, design store, ticket office, cloakroom, the Forum of Cultures, a conference hall/multifunctional space, educational facility, restoration workshop and repositories open to small groups for guided visits. Mudec Junior is a space specially designed for kids, where children too can come into contact with the world’s different cultures through games, multimedia equipment and manual workshops.  For more information about the bistro and 3rd floor restaurant, please go to our restaurant section. 
via Tortona, 56 20144 Milan
02 54917
The Orto Botanico di Brera (Brera Botanical Garden) is probably one of the best kept secrets in Milan, to the extent that no-one knows it exists or even if they have heard of it, it's simply slipped their mind.This little green oasis in the heart of Milan, next door to the exclusive Bulgari hotel, is truly a little gem. Before you get too excited however, it's not Kew Gardens - the English mecca for all things green and plantlike; the Orto Botanico does, however, have a fabulous old wisteria covered in blossom during spring as well as two ginko biloba trees which are amongst the oldest in Europe. This spring, "Be Open" foundation has chosen this wonderful location for its exhibition "The Garden of Wonders - a Journey Through Scents" whose central theme is perfume.  On until 24th May, 'A Journey Through Scents' narrates the history of perfume as well as its production and ingredients as they have evolved over time. This mini museum submerged in semi darkness concentrates on the artisanal nature of perfume, exhibiting large glass flasks and bottles as well as giant atomisers which ingeniously release bursts of different scents without creating a sickly combination. On the far side of the garden the 'Houses of Wonder' - eight 'casette'  have been created by various designers to revive and interpret long-forgotten perfume brands. Among the designers looking back at defunct luxury labels are Tord Boontje, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Dimore Studio, Front, Jaime Hayon, Piero Lissoni, Jean-Marie Massaud and Nendo. For the the third and final part of the project, 'A Vision in a Box',  a golden cube-like display holds the bottles of ten designers who were asked to take on the challenge of imagining bottles for the fragrance of the future.The Garden of Wonders will be open from 10am to 10pm until 24 May. For those of you who are interested in visiting the Orto Botanico, it is divided into three sections: two of which have narrow flower-beds with a water basin at the centre while the third houses a lawn surrounded by trees. At the north side of the garden there used to be a greenhouse which was destroyed and rebuilt as a classroom of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts. The garden is currently home to several hundred species and you can wander along the beds and admire medicinal plants, sages, spring bulbs, vegetables, perennials and peonies as well as the golden Laviani animal statues dotted around the garden.  
Via Fratelli Gabba, 10 20121 Milan
02 50314683/80
Paleolab is run by Associazione Didattica Museale and situated in Parco Indro Montanelli (ex Giardini Pubblici) near to the park entrance by via Manin n.4. Housed in what was once the big cats' cage of Milan's old zoo, Paleolab organises workshops and birthday parties for children.For details regarding workshops we suggest you take a look at the  programme on which lists details of all upcoming events for the month offered by Paleolab, as well as the Natural History Museum and Biolab. Prices, times and details of how to book as well as suitable ages are all provided. Booking is essential as places are limited. In addition to workshops, Paleolab also organises different types of parties for different age groups:Paleo party - (aged 7 to 10) children are sent on a dinosaur fossil hunt. With the help of their friends they must complete the map and together they must overcome a number of problems in order to complete their mission.Mago party - (aged 6 to 10) children have to free "brilla cristallo" (a fairy) from a spell which has frozen her. Together the children will have to face strange and elaborate challenges as well as frogs, toads, birds and bats in a duel to the end. Archeoparty -  (aged 6 to 10) this theme is perfect for all Indiana Jones wannabes in search of lost civilisations and treasures! Dino Party - (aged 3 to 6) this is perfect for little ones. Children discover a mysterious footprint and get to journey through time to an ancient world to help a small dinosaur.Paleolab requires parties to have a minimum of 15 children and a maximum of 25 (including the birthday boy or girl) and ask that some of the parents remain at the party. The price per child is €11 during the week and €12 at weekends and festivities. If you wish to provide refreshments for guests you may do so, but you must bring your own and add €20 to the total to cover the costs of clearing up. Bookings must be made at least 10 days in advance by calling the Information desk at Museo Civico di Storia Naturale on tel.: 02 88463337 (every day from 9.00-13.00 and 13.30-17). Should you wish to have the party in English, just ask and Paleolab will see if they have availability. On booking you will need to pay €60 in advance and the balance on the day of the party. Once you have booked by phone simply download the payment form and rules (see, fill in the form and send it to Didattica Museale also organises exhibitions and nights in the museum for children as well as special events for adults still interested in the world of science. Details can be found on the website.  
Parco Indro Montanelli (ex Giardini Pubblici) ingresso da via Manin 4 Milano
02 88463337


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