Milan museums open free on Sunday

On the first Sunday of each month.

Free entry to Milan’s museums on the first Sunday of the month, suspended in July, returns on 7 August with a rich range of artworks – and a concert.

The city’s famed Brera Pinacoteca, since last year directed by British expert James Bradburne, is offering two free guided tours, at 09.30 and 12.00, to show off and present its most important exhibits. Booking required, through contact details on the gallery website.

To celebrate the Olympic Games, Italian museums have sent images from their collections to Rio de Janeiro. Pinacoteca Brera has chosen an image of the Winged Victory (photo) resting on the hand of Canova’s statue of Napoleon that greets visitors at the entrance of the palace.

Other museums offering free visits on Sunday include the city Acquarium on Viale Gladio, the Boschi Di Stefano house on Via Giorgio Jan, the municipal Modern Art Gallery on Via Palestro, Studio Francesco Messina on Via S. Sisto, the civic Museum of Natural History on Corso Venezia, the Museo del Risorgimento on Via Borgonuovo, the Diocesan Museum on Corso Portya Ticinese and Palazzo Morando on Via Sant’Andrea.

And at Milan’s central Castello Sforzesco, visitors to the museum of over 700 musical instruments at 16.00 will enjoy a recital by classical guitarist Laura Arcari and Milan Conservatory flautist Lorenza Gavanna.