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As one of the gems of Milan, the Museum of Ancient Art, known locally as Museo d’Arte Antica, is a haven for history and art enthusiasts. Situated inside the Sforza Castle, it boasts an impressive collection of medieval and renaissance artifacts.There is much to marvel at, from tapestries and sculptures to the impressive armory and grand frescoes.

History The Museum of Ancient Art was founded in 1862, following the unification of Italy, to exhibit the extensive collection of artwork and historical objects that belonged to the ruling families of Milan, especially the Sforzas. Over the years, the museum has seen substantial expansion, with contributions from private patrons and acquisitions from other institutions.

How to Get There The museum is located within the Sforza Castle in the northwest of the city center. The nearest metro station is Cadorna, serving lines 1 and 2. From there, the castle can be reached by a short walk. Alternately, trams 1, 2, 4, 12, and 14 stop at the Cairoli Castello outside the castle.

List of Attractions

  1. Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pieta – The renowned sculpture Michelangelo was working on until his death.
  2. Equestrian Statue of Bernabo Visconti – An imposing bronze statue from the 14th century.
  3. Brilliant Frescoes – Some of the best works are in Sala della Balla, illustrating the life and military campaigns of the Sforzas.
  4. Sforza’s Armor and Weapons – A sight of the well-preserved armory is a must.

Ticket Information The museum can be accessed with a ticket to the Sforza Castle. The prices vary from 3 to 5 euros. Access is free each first and third Tuesday of the month after 2 PM. It is recommended to check the castle’s official website for the most updated information.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Wear comfortable footwear, as there’s a lot of standing and walking involved.
  2. Allow adequate time to explore – The museum houses a vast collection.
  3. Consider booking a guided tour – It can offer deep insight into the history and significance of exhibits.
  4. It is less crowded during weekdays.
  5. Don’t miss the rest of Sforza Castle – There are other museums and the beautiful castle grounds to explore.
  6. Some halls are not heated or cooled; dress accordingly.
  7. Most explanations are in Italian; an audio guide or brochure in your language could be useful.

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