Milan state museums open free on first Sunday of month

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:

Cenacolo Vinciano

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

Gallerie d'Italia

Piazza della Scala 6   

Acquario e civica stazione idrobiologica – municipal aquarium

Viale Gadio 2

Casa museo Boschi-di Stefano

Via Giorgio Jan 15

Castello Sforzesco

Piazzale 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