Milan is an exciting hub and a privileged city to observe the inspiring and moving scene of design, and art. Having been known as one of the world’s premier cities for fashion, opera and art, spoiled with touristic attractions and it is no wonder why Milan has a great deal to offer in the way of museums, art galleries, and design showrooms.
Milan Design Guide: The Best Art Galleries and Museums
Fondazione Prada Milan is an exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art and culture. It is housed in a complex that for many years functioned as a distillery, but that has been changed by OMA – the architecture firm co-founded by Rem Koolhaas – into a collection of modern spaces.
Address: Largo Isarco, 2, 20139 Milano MI, Italy
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic house museum that is born from the extraordinary collecting experience of Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchit at the end of the 19th century. The Museum is one of Europe’s best-preserved historic house museums and one of the first grand expressions of Milanese design.
Address: Via Gesù, 5, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Gallery of Modern Art, GAM, is one of the most agreeable art galleries in Milan. Located in the Villa Reale, a sumptuous palazzo where Napoleon once resided. The gallery displays works by Lombards and other Italian painters including Modigliani, Boccioni, and Previati and non-Italian modernists such as Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Manet.
Address: Villa Reale, Via Palestro, 16, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures), or MUDEC, is the latest addition to the museum landscape of Milan. It is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the cultures of the world and focuses on the relationship of these cultures with the city of Milan. The cutting-edge museum is designed by the British architect Sir David Chipperfield.
Address: Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
Address: Piazza Castello, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Museo del Duomo (Duomo Museum) is the museum of Milan’s outstanding cathedral and relates to and reveals its history and art. Established in 1387, by Gian Galeazzo Visconti, with the aim to design, build and preserve the Milanese cathedral, an activity that is still on-going today.
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Silos is Giorgio Armani’s own museum, dedicated to his fashion designs of the last 40 years, displaying around 600 of his works. The digital archive can be accessed through workstations and holds a collection of photos, sketches, technical drawings and illustrations.
Address: Via Bergognone, 40, 20144 Milano MI, Italy
The Pinacoteca di Brera houses one of the main art collections of Renaissance art in Italy with over 500 works dating from the 14th- 20th century. Amongst the collection are masterpieces by Bellini, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, and Veronese.
Address: Via Brera, 28, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
The Museum of the 20th century is located right in the heart of Milan near the Duomo. The museum curated selection is a real gem for those fascinated by this period. There are paintings by Picasso, Modigliani Mondrian, Kandinsky and Boccioni to name a few.
Address: Via Guglielmo Marconi, 1, 20122 Milano MI, Italy
Galleria Rossana Orlandi has been forecasting along the years new and upcoming designers and establishing the premise as one of the most revered platforms for avant-garde Design and Lifestyle. And one of the most sought-after during Milan Design Week
Address: Via Matteo Bandello, 14/16, 20123 Milano MI, Italy
The Nilufar Gallery knew how to cut out its own space and become the reference point to lovers of historical design as well as to people following the evolution of contemporary design, above all within that more learned, poetic and visionary area shifting between production and contemporary art.
Address: Via della Spiga, 32, 20121 Milano MI, Italy
Gió Marconi gallery started in 1990 under the initiative of Gió Marconi who created the Studio Marconi 17, an experimental space for young artists and art critics. Gió Marconi gallery mainly focuses on contemporary positions and, at the same time.
Address: Via Tadino 20I-20124 Milano Italy
The Bianconi Gallery in Milan in “Brera” district, with the commitment to develop an accurate work of research in the second half of 20th Century Italian Arts sphere. The aim is to review the artwork of strong artistic personalities, but still with a close relationship with the social reality and artistic dynamics of the time.
Address: Via Lecco, 20, 20124 Milano MI, Italy
Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non-profit foundation, which has converted a former industrial plant in Milan into an institution for producing and promoting contemporary art. This dynamic center for experimentation and discovery covers presents major solo shows every year by Italian and international artists.
Address: Via Chiese, 2, 20126 Milano MI, Italy