Housed in a masterpiece of Neoclassicism formerly known as Villa Reale, the structure surrounding this 19th century art collection is reason enough to visit. The villa was built by Austrian architect Leopold Pollack in 1792, and it was Napoleon's residence of choice when he entered the city in 1802, followed by Austrian field marshal Joseph Radetzky. Now the building is an elegant manifestation of the continuity between content and form, as emphasized by the museum's splendid display of works largely commissioned by prominent Milanese families. It spans 35 rooms over two floors, including works from the protagonists of Italian art and sculpture such as Giorgio Morandi, Francesco Hayez, Pompeo Marchesi, Giovanni Segantini, and Gaetano Previati. The ballroom and former living areas house samplings from the Romantic period and Futurist pieces (noteably, the socialist Arte Nuova movement's icon, The Fourth Estate by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo). Wander the second floor to see Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Before leaving, explore the paths of the lush grounds from where the villa can be duly admired.
City centre location
Open 09:00 - 17:30. Closed Mon.
Admission €5/3, free daily after 16:30 & Tuesdays after 14:00. U18 free.