6 March and every first Sunday in the month, plus Women’s Day.
At least a dozen museums in Milan will be open free on the first Sunday of every month, starting this weekend 6 March – and perhaps more will join in.
Culture minister Dario Franceschini suggested the initiative with public museums all over the country, saying he hoped private museums, too, would open their doors, because “those that adhere will grow.”
Not only that: Franceschini also announced that Tuesday 8 March – International Women’s Day – will see the museums open free again, but for women only.
Among Milan’s most spectacular showplaces are Leonardo’s Last Supper (the only one at present with obligatory booking, because the space is restricted), and the prestigious Brera Gallery, home of the Academy of Fine Arts since 1776.
Here is a list of the museums which have adhered to the initiative up to now:
Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie 2 (booking required)
Galleria d'arte moderna di Milano, Museo dell’ottocento, Villa Reale, Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte
Via Palestro 16
Piazza della Scala 6
Acquario e civica stazione idrobiologica – municipal aquariumViale Gadio 2
Casa museo Boschi-di StefanoVia Giorgio Jan 15
Castello SforzescoPiazzale Castello
Museo Studio Francesco Messina
Via S. Sisto 4a
Museo archeologico di Milano
Corso Magenta 15
Museo civico di storia naturale di Milano
Corso Venezia 55
Museo del Risorgimento and workshop of modern and contemporary history
Via Borgonuovo 23
Museo diocesano di Milano
Corso di Porta Ticinese 95
Palazzo Morando – traditions and fashion
Via Sant'Andrea 6