19 May-30 August 2012. The city of Milan recently announced this new cultural initiative: the city’s museums will stay open throughout the summer, free of charge. The Minister for Cultural Heritage Lorenzo Ornaghi and the councilor for culture Stefano Boeri have confirmed that Museo del Novecento, the Gallery of Modern Art, Castello Sforzesco, the Museum of Natural History, Palazzo Moriggia, the Aquarium, the Archeological Museum and Palazzo Morando have joined this initiative.
Ornaghi declared that some opinion polls, commissioned by Milan’s municipality, demonstrated that the economical crisis generated in the public an increasing attention and need for art and culture. The free access to Milan’s civic museums aims to create a new and continuous relationship between citizens and cultural institutions with the hope that, following the example of Milan, this initiative will be extended to state museums. Milan will be the first city to try this kind of experience in Italy.
This initiative was created in partnership with Eni, which has sponsored over the past four years art exhibitions at Palazzo Marino, such as the one by Georges de La Tour, which was displayed between 26 November 2011 and 8 January 2012 and registered a great success in terms of visits.