Milan museum prices to rise

No more free entry to civic museums

Milan’s eight civic museums and galleries will have a single ticket price from July, city culture councillor Filippo Del Corno has announced.

The same price of €5 (€3 for special categories of visitor) will then apply to all eight sites operated by the city administration: Museo del Novecento, Museo Archeologico, Museo di Storia Naturale, Musei del Castello Sforzesco, Palazzo Morando, Acquario civico, Galleria d’Arte Moderna and the Museo del Risorgimento.

However, at the same time as the price hike, two new options will be introduced: a €35 annual season-ticket and a €12 three-day pass, both valid for all eight sites.

Up to now, only the Museo del Novecento had a €5 price tag. Entry to the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the Acquario civico and Palazzo Morando has been free, while the others cost between €2 and €3.

Introducing the new charges, Del Corno pointed out that some of these prices have remained unchanged now for 11 years, with no adjustment for inflation. And as the usual free entry in the month of August will be cancelled this year, the net increase in takings should amount to an extra €345,000 for the city coffers. “In spite of the current crisis,” he said, “we have managed not to cut funding for culture. But this is now at the minimum possible level for public investment – it’s only by putting more resources into culture that we can attract more private sponsors and trigger a virtuous circle.”