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Milan has a rich variety of museums and art galleries showcasing some of the world’s most famous paintings and sculptures, as well as special interest museums about science and archaeology. In addition to the City-run museums, other important institutions are Fondazione Prada, Palazzo Reale, Triennale di Milan, Gallerie d’Italia, Cenacolo Vinciano, Pinacoteca di Brera, Museo del Duomo, and Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

For 12€, you can get a 3-day museum pass that will allow you to enter all City-owned museums, including the Sforza Castle, Museo del Novecento, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Archaeological Museum, Museo del Risorgimento, Palazzo Morando Costume Moda Immagine, Civic Aquarium, Milan Natural History Museum, and the Ulrico Hoepli Planetarium. You can purchase tickets on milano.midaticket.it or directly at the museums.

Milan has many historical sites that you can explore without entering a museum. There are tourist information panels throughout Milan highlighting the most significant historical sites and tourist attractions. 

Each panel has a code that when scanned will translate the information into seven different languages, so keep a lookout for these panels when walking around the city. To help you navigate the cultural and artistic heritage of Milan, visit yesMilano.it
Admission is always free to the following museums:

  • MUDEC - Museo delle Culture (permanent collection only)
  • Pirelli HangarBicocca
  • Gardens of Villa Necchi Campiglio

All the sites managed by the Touring Club volunteers including Casa-Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Cripta di San Giovanni in Conca and Studio Museo Francesco Messina. For the complete list, visit touringclub.it 


There are 24 libraries throughout the City of Milan that are open from Monday to Saturday and offer free books, Wi-Fi, computers, activities for children and teenagers, study and reading spaces, and cultural activities for adults and young people. To find a library near you and its opening hours, visit milano.biblioteche.it 
All of the libraries in Milan have books to learn foreign languages and Italian as a second language.

These three libraries have a department dedicated to learning Italian as a second language:

  • Biblioteca Crescenzago – via Don Orione, 19 (Municipio 2)
  • Biblioteca Gallaratese – via Quarenghi, 21 (Municipio 8)
  • Biblioteca Dergano-Bovisa – via Baldinucci, 76 (Municipio 8)

Since 2013, there are also small libraries either within apartment buildings (including public housing) or within nearby neighborhood spots that are run by associations and community members. Visit milano.biblioteche.it, and click “Progetti” (Projects), then “Biblioteche di Condominio” (Condominium Libraries) to learn more.

Reminder: In Milan, there are also a number of media libraries (mediateca) where you can access the internet as well as digital and audiovisual devices. For example, there is the Mediateca Santa Teresa located at via della Moscova, 28.

You can book a computer in advance by emailing b-brai.microfilm@beniculturali.it.

For questions, call 02 366 159.


You can buy tickets for the metro, buses, and trams in metro stations by paying in cash, coins or a credit card and often at bars and newsstands.

In Milan, it is possible to ride the subway paying directly at the gate with Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Maestro and VPay contactless cards.

To obtain a monthly or yearly pass, you first must request an electronic card at an ATM Point in one of the following metro stations: Duomo M1-M3, Centrale M2-M3, Cadorna M1-M2, Garibaldi M2-M5, Loreto M1-M2, Romolo M2 (check hours by visiting atm.it).

For the request, you will need a passport photo. You can also purchase the electronic card online by visiting atm.it and clicking “Viaggia Con Noi” (Travel With Us), “Abbonamenti” (Subscriptions), then “Tessera Elettronica” (Electronic Card) on the left panel. The card lasts for four years and costs 10€.


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