As its name suggests, the Museo del Novecento, or Museum of the Twentieth Century, is dedicated to the art of the last century. You will find it in the centre of Milan in the Palazzo dell'Arengario which is adjacent to the Royal Palace and the Duomo. The gallery houses almost 400 works. Among the most famous is the Fourth State by Pellizza of Volpedo - this painting is displayed in a room of its own.

If art is your passion, still in the city we recommend the Galleria d'Arte Moderna - the Modern Art Gallery, the Triennale in the Palazzo dell'Arte, and the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Want to see the genius of Leonardo for yourself? It's worth making even a quick visit to the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia - the Science and Technology Museum -, if only to see the gallery containing a collection of models of machines that Leonardo designed.

And for a dive into the natural world, on Corso Venezia you'll find a concentration of Milan's science museums, the Museo di Storia Naturale - the Natural History Museum and the Ulrico Hoepli Planetarium, the largest in Italy.
Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco
Castello Sforzesco

In Parco Sempione, in a Liberty-style building not far from the Castello Sforzesco, is the Public Aquarium; it has many different examples of marine and fresh water fish on display.

A short walk from the Brera complex, you'll find the Museo del Risorgimento - the Renaissance Museum, a surprising collection of prints, designs, paintings, sculptures, arms and memorabilia spanning Italy's history, from the Napoleonic age to the Unification of Italy.

But if you're looking for something a bit more entertaining, how about the Museo Interattivo del Cinema - the Interactive Cinema Museum - in the former tobacco factory? It's one of the smallest of Milan's permanent exhibitions but for sheer fun it is almost unrivalled. The multiple interactive exhibits tell the story of cinema and the museum archives contain over 20,000 films.

Why visit these places

For an appreciation of culture.