In the eighth century, the monastery of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore was built in Milan. The walls of this building remember the history of the ancient city. Nowadays, the oldest archaeological museum of the city is located in the halls of the former monastery. This place should definitely be on the tourist list of those who want not only to enjoy the wonderful views of Milan, but also to immerse themselves in the history of this city.
The museum has recently undergone restoration work. The exhibition space has been expanded. New rooms have opened in the building on Rue Nirone, as the museum collection has grown too large for the former monastery. A path framed by walls that have survived from ancient Roman times leads directly from the museum to the neighboring building.
Archaeological Museum exhibits
The museum houses exhibitions dedicated to the culture, religion and history of Lombardy and Northern Italy. The unique collection allows you to fully imagine the life of the peoples living on this territory in antiquity.
The exhibits are distributed among the halls depending on their belonging to a particular era and culture. The museum presents various household items, jewelry, weapons of Roman, Etruscan, Greek and Celtic origin.
You can get an idea of Ancient Milan by looking at the exhibits on the ground floor. After viewing this exhibition hall, visitors to the museum find themselves in the courtyard of the former monastery, where you can get acquainted with the architecture of the polygonal tower from the end of the third century and the frescoes of the thirteenth century.
An exhibition entitled "The Art of Gandhara" can be found in the basement of the museum. There are exhibits dedicated to the history of Buddhism in northern Pakistan and Afghanistan in antiquity. Here travelers can see elements of Indian and Hellenistic art.
The museum collection has a unique for Europe exhibit - Masso di Borno - a stone from the Val Camonica valley. It contains more than 170 thousand prehistoric rock carvings (outlines of figures, swords, ornaments and other symbols). Archaeologists date this stone to the third century BC. Now it is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
Among the objects that should be given special attention is also the fourth century Trivulzio goblet, found in the Novara region. The goblet is a blown glass vessel with engraving.
Information note for tourists
The doors of the museum are open to tourists six days a week (closed on Mondays), from 9:00 to 17:30 (lunch break from 13:00 to 14:00).
The museum is located at Corso Magenta, 15, 20123 Milano, Italy. You can get here by public transport (bus, tram - to the Magenta Nirone stop or the metro - to the Cordusio station).
Ticket price: full - 5 euros, reduced - 3 euros. At the same time, every day the last hour before closing is free (except Tuesday, on this day free admission from 14:00).
Contact phone number: +39 02 8844 5208.
Museum official website: museoarcheologicomilano.it/wps/portal/tur/it