Initiative suspended for Labour Day holiday.
The traditional free entry to Milan’s museums on the first Sunday of every month will be suspended on Sunday 1 May because it coincides with the international Labour Day holiday.
Exceptionally, however, the city’s state archive – with 50 km of files dating back as far as 700 AD – will be open free to the public.
Housed in the 18th-century senate building in Via Senato 10, the archive will offer two separate visits: from 11.00 to 12.45 the fascinating Sala delle Mappe, and then every hour from 13.00 to 16.00 a tour of the elegant building with an explanation of the documents archived in it.
Both tours will include a visit to the exhibition on The Jews of Milan, including a chance to see a rare historical kettubah or marriage agreement.
Under the guidance of the ministry of culture, the state archive is tasked with collecting, collating and conserving original documents of historical importance, and making them available to the public for research.