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.
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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.
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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.
> Extraordinary night openings:
Fridays until 9:15pm (last admission at 8:40pm)
How to get there:
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)
Ticket Price Categories:
Full Price Tickets
Reduced Price Tickets:
- Citizens of the European Union and of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) aged between 18 and 25 years
- Tenured teachers of state schools of the European Union and the EEA
- Visitors under 18
- Secondary school students in possession of a student's ID
- Teachers and students who are citizens of the European Union and connected to the faculties of: Academies of Fine arts, architecture (not design and short degrees), preservation of cultural heritage, education sciences, degree courses in literature and philosophy with archaeological or art historical specialization
- Journalists of the European Union who produce a suitable document proving their professional activity
> Tickets bookable only through the CALL CENTER
> A flat rate of 10.00 Euro will be charged for the reservation service
- Groups of students from public and private schools of the European Union, accompanied by their teachers, with advance reservation. (Minimum 10-maximum 30 people).
- School groups considered for the free ticket are the normal kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools operating during daytime.
- Attention: Groups of university students, evening schools for adults, schools for foreigners, courses of Italian Centri Territoriali Permanenti, etc., are not considered a school.
> For school group bookings with booking amounts of less than 20.00 Euro, payment is allowed in cash, by presenting the transaction code at the museum ticket office, 15 minutes before the booked entry.
Free #3: (also during periods with additional exhibitions)
> Entrances bookable only through the CALL CENTER
- I.C.O.M. members (International Council of Museums)
- Personnel of the Italian Ministry of cultural heritage and activities
- Students of the Italian Central Institute for Restoration, of the “Opificio delle Pietre Dure”, of the Italian school for the restoration of mosaic
- Citizens of the European Union with special needs accompanied by a family member or a socio-sanitary assistant
- Operators of voluntary associations carrying out activities promoting and disseminating knowledge of cultural heritage (on the basis of Conventions concluded with the Italian Ministry art. 12, paragraph 8 of the Code)
- Members of the Amici di Brera Association
- European Union tourist guides with a professional licence
- European Union tourist interpreters when they are needed alongside the guide