Risorgimento Museum in Milan

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The City Museum of the Risorgimento era (Civico Museo del Risorgimento) is located in the historic quarter of Brera - Milan's Monmarte. The exposition of the museum is dedicated to one of the most important pages of Italian history - the national liberation struggle for a united and independent Italy (late 18th - 19th century).

This period is usually called Risorgimento (revival, renewal) by analogy with 2 Rinascimento - the grandiose Renaissance. The Risorgimento ended in 1870 with the creation of a united Italy.

History museum

The Risorgimento City Museum is located in Palazzo Moriggia, built at the end of the 18th century by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini. This beautiful neoclassical building was built for the Marquis Giovanni Battista Morigia. After his death, the palace changed many owners, until in 1950 it became the property of the city, which housed one of the most important historical and cultural museums in Milan.

However, the history of the Museum of the Risorgimento era began much earlier - in 1884, when the first exhibits of the future museum were presented in the Milan pavilion of the Italian Risorgimento at the General Exhibition in Turin. After returning to Milan, they were formed into the first museum exhibition opened on 14 on June 1885 of the year.

With an increase in funds, the museum repeatedly changed its location until in the 1951 year a decision was made to transfer its collections to the Palazzo Morigi. The last reorganization of the museum took place in the spring of 2009.

The museum is equipped with multimedia equipment, educational programs work in it. On the second floor is the Library and the City Historical Archive.

The museum has a ramp for the disabled.

Expositions of the Risorgimento Museum

The long and dramatic history of the unification of Italy is reflected in the numerous exhibits of fourteen chronologically located museum halls. Recently, a weapons room has been added to them. The museum has collected significant collections:

  • works of art (painting, sculpture, engraving) dedicated to the Risorgimento era;
  • military uniforms and weapons of the time;
  • books, newspapers and documents of the 18th - 19th centuries;
  • medals.
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Among the most significant exhibits:

  • Giuseppe Garibaldi's personal items: his red shirt, poncho, etc .;
  • calling for rebellion the bell from the tower of Piazza Mercanti Milan square;
  • mantle of Napoleon Bonaparte;
  • signs of the coronation of Napoleon;
  • first national flag.

Helpful information

Address: Via Borgonuovo, 23, 20121 Milano, Italy. Directions: 1 tram; 43, 61, 94 buses; M 2, 3.

Ticket price € 5,00, preferential - € 3,00 (for pensioners and students of universities and academies), free up to 18 years, free admission - on Tuesdays from 14.00 and the rest of the week (except Monday) at the last hour of the museum.

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.30. Closed: 15 of August, 25 and 26 of December, 1 of January.

Official website: museodelrisorgimento.mi.it