Unusual museums in MIlan: 8 Destinations to visit the hidden city

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There are many ways to discover a city. If you enjoy going to museums, take a few days off and visit those in Milan. You can choose the itinerary among the most popular museums. In this case you will have to point to the Brera Art Gallery, the Museum of Science and Technology, the Museum of Natural History, to the Duomo, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and the Museum of the Cenacolo Vinciano. If you already know them or if you want to turn off the endless rows of tourists, choose the most unusual museums in Milan. You don’t know any of them? We'll suggest you some - and we’ll also recommend our best fashion hotels in Milan.

Interactive Museum of Cinema
Viale Fulvio Testi, 121
Friday from 10 to 19 and Sundays from 15 to 19

It is certainly not one of the largest museums of Milan (300 square meters), but the Interactive Museum of Cinema, in the former tobacco factory, promises an intense emotional and playful experience. Interactive installations help you in the discovering of the three sections of the exposure: early cinema; cartoon characters in Milan; movies, directors and sets of Milan. The Museum is the son of Italian Film Library in Milan, an archive with over 20,000 films, 15,000 posters and 300 original antique technological devices.

Galleries Italy
Piazza della Scala 5
Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30. Thursday from 9:30 to 22:30
Free entrance

It is a collection consisting of some 200 masterpieces of nineteenth and twentieth century Italian housed in a complex of historical buildings in the center of Milan, between Piazza della Scala, Via Manzoni and Via Morone. In the exhibition dedicated to the nineteenth century you can admire masterpieces by Hayez, Segantini, Telemaco Signorini and Previati, views of Milan of yesteryear, the Duomo and the disappeared Navigli. In the yard of the '900 there are 189 works of the last century with the artistic trends of the time.

Manzoni Museum
Via Morone, 1
Tuesday to Friday (except holidays), from 9 to 12 and from 14 to 16

It is the house-museum of Alessandro Manzoni. Here the writer lived with his family from 1814 to 1873, the year of his death. They are open to the public study and bedroom; here are also exposed the original manuscripts and documents written by the novelist. Next to the museum, the Centro Studi Manzoni, with a library of works by and about Manzoni - about 24,000 volumes.

Museo del Risorgimento
Via Borgonuovo, 23
Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 17.30

The Risorgimento Museum is housed in Palazzo Moriggia, a short walk from the complex of Brera. Founded in 1885, it is house of a collection of prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures, weapons and memorabilia of Italian history, from the age of Napoleon's annexation of Rome to the Kingdom of Italy (1870).

Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli
Corso Venezia, 57
Monday through Friday, from 9 to 13

Part of the Polo of the Scientific Museums of the city, can be found in public gardens "Indro Montanelli", near Porta Venezia. It is the largest planetarium in Italy, visited each year by at least 100,000 people - Tuesdays and Fridays are reserved for schools and groups visits. The planetarium reproduces the night sky and all astronomical phenomena observable from Earth. For the public, the museum organizes guided observations of the sky and themed conferences - every Tuesday and Thursday evening. Events and special shows reserved for children and teenagers.

Museum Villa Necchi Campiglio
Mozart Street, 14
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 to 18

A few steps from Corso Venezia in the city center, the villa is a classic example of residence of the upper industrial class of Milan. Owned by FAI since 2001, the house-museum sheds light on the domestic life of the early twentieth century. Furnishings and collections reflect the fashions and tastes of the family Necchi Campiglio. The exhibition unfolds along a long row of rooms and among the works of art of the last century. The villa is surrounded by a garden with tennis court and swimming pool.

Civic Aquarium
Viale Gadio, 2
Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 17.30
Free entrance

The Civic Aquarium, plenty of fishes, crustaceans and molluscs in Sempione Park, is located in an Art Nouveau building near the Castello Sforzesco and the Arena Civica. Renovated between 2003 and 2006, the museum offers an educational tour through a glass tunnel and large tanks with marine species and freshwater. The building also houses the Civic Hydrobiology Station and the Library of Aquarius, with thousands of books and scientific articles dedicated to the study of marine biology and aquatic sciences.

Museum of Comics
Viale Campania, 12
Tuesday to Friday from 15 to 19. On Saturday and Sunday, from 15 to 20
Free entrance

Among the many museums in Milan, the Museum of Comics, on the eastern outskirts of the city, is one of the newest - it was born on April 1, 2011, from the collection of the critic and journalist Franco Fossati. Works of authors from all over the world, a collection of over 500,000 books including, books, reviews, and original drawings, the museum offers a fun path between the secrets and history of the ninth art.