Bagatti Valsecchi Museum (Museo Bagatti Valsecchi)
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum (Museo Bagatti Valsecchi) in Milan is a showcase of what Italian mansions (palazzi) were like back in the day. Once home to two brothers—Fausto and Giuseppe—the stunning palazzo displays their vast collection of antique paintings, ceramics, tapestries, ivory, and furniture that they acquired during the last part of the 19th century.
Step back in time to when palazzi were private homes and see what daily life was like for wealthy aristocrats. The Bagatti Valsecchi brothers were lawyers from Milan who wanted to preserve art and artifacts from centuries past. Today their mansion is a treasure-filled museum rich with decorative arts, paintings, and more. Visitors can ogle well-preserved pieces from as far back as the 14th and 15th centuries, and learn how the museum now fits into Milan’s upscale fashion culture.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is ideal for appreciators of art, decorative arts, and period interior design.
Book an entry ticket in advance online so you can skip the line upon arrival.
Reduced-price tickets are available on Wednesdays.
Every room has detailed information in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Audio guides are available in Italian, English, Chinese, French, Japanese, German, and Russian.
The entire museum is wheelchair accessible and can be independently accessed by those with physical disabilities.
How to Get There
The museum is located in downtown Milan’s Montenapoleone district. Take the M3 metro line to the Montenapoleone stop, or walk 10 minutes from Duomo Square.
When to Get There
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is open from 1pm to 5:45pm Tuesday to Sunday. Check the website for holiday and other closures. The best times to visit Milan are when the weather is pleasant and there are fewer crowds, namely during the spring months of April through June, as well as September and October.
An Homage to Italy’s Renaissance
The Bagatti Valsecchi brothers wanted to re-create their home to resemble a 16th-century Lombard mansion. They dedicated their lives—and their money—to refurbishing the family home into an Italian nobleman’s palazzo of the period, collecting pieces by artists and artisans as renowned as Donatello and Bellini. The result is a museum with the best-preserved Renaissance-style palazzo and furnishings in all of Italy.
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