The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) is the main museum of Milan, and one of the most important in the world for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern painting, with masterpieces from the 13th to the 20th century. A large part of the collections stems from Napoleonic times, when churches and convents were “required” to cede their works of art to the government. As in Venice and Bologna, this art gallery had specific didactic purposes and was under the direction of the Fine Arts Academy. Within a few years, collections grew, allowing the exhibition of a series of portraits and self-portraits in four rooms of the first floor, as well as some works that later became symbols of the museum: The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Virgin and Child by Giovanni Bellini, and Crucifixion by Bramantino.
Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.
Immediately after submitting your order, you will receive an email with your order summary and an email confirming your successful payment. A confirmation email with links to the vouchers will be sent one business day after you place your order (Monday afternoon for orders submitted on Friday and during the weekend). Please make sure that your anti-spam filter does not block automatic emails from [email protected]
PLEASE NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be any time during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.
Cancellation Policy: ONCE CONFIRMED, A VISIT CANNOT BE MODIFIED NOR CANCELED.
Save time ordering: Add all the service tickets you want into your basket, then fill in the form and send your request.
Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30am to 7:15pm (last admission 6:30pm).
The museum is closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1 and December 25.
Subway: Line 2 (stop “Lanza”) - line 3 (stop “Montenapoleone”)
Tram lines 1-4-8-12-14-27
Bus lines 61-97
It is also possible to book the audio guide for the visit at the time of the order. It is an Audio system with earphones that explains, in the selected language, a series of masterpieces on display at the art gallery. It has a duration of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The works described in the audio guide are indicated in the museum by a symbol and a number. Available languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish.
The Brera Art Gallery is located in the Brera Palace, former convent of the Humiliati order from the 1300s. Other cultural institutions are also located here, such as the Library, the Astronomic Observatory, the Botanical Garden, the Lombard Institute of Sciences and Letters, and the Fine Arts Academy.
The Brera Art Gallery (Pinacoteca di Brera) is the main museum of Milan, and one of the most important in the world for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern painting. A large part of the collections stems from Napoleonic times, when churches and convents were “required” to cede their works of art to the government. As in Venice and Bologna, this art gallery had specific didactic purposes and was under the direction of the Fine Arts Academy. Within a few years, collections grew, allowing the exhibition of a series of portraits and self-portraits in four rooms of the first floor, as well as some works that later became symbols of the museum: The Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael, Virgin and Child by Giovanni Bellini, and a Crucifixion by Bramantino.
When Milan became capital of the Kingdom of Italy, some of the most important paintings appropriated by Napoleon in Italy came to the Brera. Most of them arrived from the Veneto, from the Sampieri Gallery in Bologna, and from the Quadreria Vescovile in Milan. In 1813, following a pact with the Louvre Museum, Brera received five paintings by Rubens, Jordaens, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt, to represent the Flemish school of the 17th century.
In 1882, the Brera became independent from the Fine Arts Academy. By the mid-1950s, the renovated museum had a contemporary character and by expanding to include the 18th century Citterio palace, the Art Gallery acquired new spaces.
The exceptional artistic collection is shown in 31 rooms on the first floor. Rooms are chronologically and geographically organized, by regional schools, as follows:
> Jesi Donation: 20th century painting and sculpture
> Micchirolo Chapel, 13th and 16th century Italian painting (Giovanni da Milano, Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Gentile da Fabriano)
> 15th and 16th century Venetian painting and portraits (Mantegna, Bellini, Carpaccio, Lotto)
> 16th century Venetian painting (Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Savoldo)
> 14th and 16th century Lombard painting and frescoes (Foppa, Bramantino, i Campi, Bergognone, Luini)
> 15th and 16th century Ferrara and Emilia painting and polyptychs from the Marche region (Del Cossa, De Roberti, Crivelli, Correggio)
> Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Bramante and 15th and 16th century painting from central Italy (Signorelli, Bronzino)
> 17th century Central Italy painting, Caravaggio and followers (Carracci, Reni, Ribeira)
> 17th century Lombard, Flemish and Italian paintings (Procaccini, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt)
> 18th century Italian sacred painting, Venetian painting, and Italian genre painting (Tiepolo, Canaletto, Guardi, Crespi)
> 19th century Italian painting (Appiani, Hayez, Pellizza da Volpedo, Boccioni)
> European Union citizens and Switzerland aged 18 to 25
> European Union and Switzerland teachers with permanent contract
> Valid for those who come to the box office with a validated ATM (Milan public transport) ticket
Free admission bookable only through the CALL CENTER OF THE MUSEUM:
* Italian citizens under 18 years of age
* I.C.O.M. members (International Council Of Museums)
* Ministry for Arts and Culture employees
* Secondary school students with Student Card
* European Union teachers and students teaching or attending Architectural Studies, Preservation of Artistic and Cultural Heritage, Arts Faculties and Classical Studies
* European Union teachers and students of Arts Academies
* Students of the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, Opificio delle Pietre Dure and Scuola per il Restauro del Mosaico
* European Union persons with disabilities accompanied by a family member or escort
* Volunteer employed in cultural promotion and information activities as regulated by the Ministry art.12, 8 of the Italian Code
* Amici di Brera Association Members
* Student Groups from European Union private and public schools, accompanied by their teachers. Advance booking is compulsory!
* European Union Tourist Guides with professional licence
* European Union Tourist Interpreters when requested to support the Tourist Guide
> Free access on the first Sunday of every month.
> Service fee is due for all the ticket categories and on days with free admission.
> For reduced prices, a valid ID document will be requested to prove the price reduction reason.