Milan is the hub of the arts and culture of Italy, so here is a list of art galleries you must see during your visit there

Milan is a city known worldwide for art, culture, architecture, design and fashion. Whether you are lucky enough to live in Milan or are visiting, here are some of the top art galleries and museums that you should visit if you love art.

1. Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano (@gam_milano)

Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano is an 18th century old villa which has been renovated as an art gallery, where paintings and sculptures from the 18th to 20th century have been maintained. A trip to this beautiful Villa will inspire you with masterpieces from the great artists of Milan, including Francesco Hayes, Medardo Ross, Tranquillo Cremona and Juan Segantini. It also includes works from 20th century artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

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2. Padiglone d’Arte Contemporanea (@pacmilano)

Padiglone d’Arte Contemporanea is a contemporary arts museum established in 1949, located in Via Palestro in Milan. It’s rich history attracts locals and tourists alike, as it was once a site for a Modern art gallery before it was remade into a contemporary art gallery.

Over the past thirty years PAC have organised solo presentations of many artists that have made this gallery a key place to visit.

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3. Mudec Milano (@mudec_official)

The Mudec Museum is dedicated to the study of world cultures, and hosts a variety of great exhibitions and workshops for all tourists and locals alike. The Museum of Cultures of Milan is a great place for intellects to pursue their interest in art and culture from all around the world.

Located in Zona Tortona, the museum is designed by architect David Chipperfield, and it includes culturally focused displays and historically relevant exhibitions.

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4. Tornabuoni Arte (@tornabuoniarte_arteantica)

Tornabuoni Arte was an Italian leading modern and contemporary art dealer from Florence, who in 1981, had opened a gallery space in Milan in 1995 and other cities as well. These galleries specialize in post war Italian art, showcasing ancient art from the 20th century. Artists such as Giacomo Balla, Giorgio de Chirico and Giorgio Morandi are all leading international artists that have their work presented in this gallery.

Located in Via Fatebenefratelli, this space is an ideal visit, especially if you have a keen interest in Italian art history.

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5. Pinacoteca di Brera (@pinacotecabrera)

The Pinacoteca di Brera is located in a palazzo in the Brera district, which is a central public museum of Milan. It was once a gallery hosting the art with significance to Italian history, and now it is a great art museum with art from Italian artists such as Giovanni Bellini and Tintoretto.

Over the years, the museum has grown its collection to include works from artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Amedeo Modigliani and Gina Severini. Some famous masterpieces that are being housed in the public museum is Raphael’s The Marriage of the Virgin (1504) and Francesco Hayez’s The Kiss (1859).

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6. Museo del Novecento (@museodel900)

Located near the Piazza Duomo, this is a beautiful art gallery which houses a great collection of 20th century art from Italy. With more than 400 works displayed, there is a great emphasis on Italian art history, from 1902 to Pop art.

Moreover, the works of artists such as Lucio Fontana are displayed, where an entire floor is dedicated for his art. Other artists include Picasso, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian.

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7. Fondazione Prada (@fondazioneprada)

The Fondazione Prada is one of the greatest places to visit in Milan, designed by the OMA architecture studio led by Rem Koolhaas. It includes a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of artists from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Louise Bourgeois, Dan Flavin and Anish Kapoor. The arts centre also houses a cafe designed by film director Wes Anderson.

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8. Massimo De Carlo (@massimodecarlogallery)

Massimo De Carlo is split between two locations: a white-cube style commercial gallery on Via Ventura and also the ornate Palazzo Belgioioso | Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong / © Roberto Marossi

Massimo De Carlo is a commercial art gallery that showcases the works of worldwide famous artists in Milan. It opened in Via Ventura in 1987 and has another location in the Palazzo Belgioioso, which was designed in 1787. These two beautiful galleries have showed the works of contemporary artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgree & Dragset, Jum Hodges and Kaari Upson.

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9. Pirelli HangarBicocca (@pirelli_hangarbicocca)

Pirelli HangarBicocca is a non profit foundation for the arts that opened in 2004. It was created and supported entirely by Pirelli, where an industrial plant was converted into an art gallery. It presents major shows from art galleries both in Italy and around the world.

It is located in the outskirts of North Milan, and its major exhibitions have included Lucio Fontana’s works, and Anselm Kiefers works. It is a must visit for the art enthusiasts supporting a good cause.

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10. Casa Museo Boschi De Stefano (@casaboschidestefano)

This place is a must see if you are interested in history and art. This was the former residence of the Di Stefano couple, that were avid collectors of art during their lifetimes. They collected over 2000 paintings, drawings and sculptures, which they generously donated to Milan in 1974. The Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano is their former residence and art gallery, where visitors are allowed to view the selection of 300 works from Italian art history.

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We hope that you will enjoy discovering the art scene in Milan as much as we do. Feel free to share this list with your friends and let us know in the comments what other art spaces you enjoy in the city.

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