Pinacoteca di Brera

Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan: Hours, Address, Pinacoteca di Brera Reviews: 4.5/5

Pinacoteca di Brera
4.5
Tuesday
09:30 - 18:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 18:30
Thursday
09:30 - 18:30
Friday
09:30 - 18:30
Saturday
09:30 - 18:30
Sunday
09:30 - 18:30
About
See some of the world’s most stunning, centuries-old paintings from Italian masters including Caravaggio and Raphael. The gallery’s collection is housed in a 19th century former monastery.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Montenapoleone • 6 min walk
  • Lanza • 6 min walk
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Greece3 contributions
Really interesting
Oct 2021 • Couples
Really nice gallery, with a lot of important artists. But be prepared, the staff won't speak english, they don't know how or they don't want to, and they yell angrily at you in Italian and you just have to guess what they could be saying ....
Written 13 October 2021
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Chris
Zurich, Switzerland1,104 contributions
Renaissance paintings
Oct 2021 • Couples
Wonderful museum where you can see many paintings from the renaissance and the baroque era. They have huge paintings mostly 15th/16th c.
Written 13 October 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy321 contributions
Art at its best
Dec 2020
Who doesn’t know this museum? I have good memories of schooltrips here, as an Art History enthusiast I was head-over-heels walking through the corridors observing the paintings on the walls… that’s my idea of amusement!
Written 15 September 2021
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debutant95
France137 contributions
Good but a little cahotic
Aug 2021
Good museum, but could be improved.
On a pure logistic point of view, the admission was a little cahotic (it was in the first days of the use of Covid pass).
Inside, some rooms are closed, there is a mix of art of Middle age and very modern, it is difficult for non-specialists to find a consistency, a logic. Audio guides are available but the comments are sometimes more about the history of the painting instead of explaining why it is worth having it in the museum.
Written 16 August 2021
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,379 contributions
Less is more
Aug 2021 • Couples
A not so very big museum, but nevertheless very good. Less is more so to say. Quite some very good paintings from Hayez (with whom I was not familiar until I saw his paintings). Also Carravagio, Rembrandt (just one), Rubens. A very nice and aagreeablesmall museum. Good cappuccino in the adjacent Cafe Fernanda.
Written 14 August 2021
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Foxtrotx
1,291 contributions
Nice museum and botanical garden
Jun 2021 • Couples
The signage isn’t great here so we were a bit confused even how to initially enter the gallery (go up the large staircase after passing through the courtyard!!)… You can enter their botanical gardens for free. The gallery you have to prepay for online and pick a time to arrive. They are slow to check people in. We got there at 10:30am and are glad we did because there was a major line to enter as we were exiting. The museum as a whole was a bit smaller than I expected. If you walk through each room without stopping for too long, you can whizz through everything in an hour. They had the smaller rooms roped off (I am assuming due to covid to not have people cram in there at the same time). I enjoy this era and style of art so I liked this museum. They had a few setups to show art restoration in progress which was very interesting. Bathrooms available; also a cafe. Would recommend!
Written 29 July 2021
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Aragorn65
London, UK1,131 contributions
A great gallery for everyone!
Aug 2020 • Solo
You must book in advance you visit which is free for now. You will get a confirmation email. You must show this email to the staff to be able to enter the gallery. You cannot enter many smaller rooms because of the space restrictions (and risks of infection of COVID 19) but you can see paintings for a few meters away. There are many religious and sacred paintings from the Biblical stories, sculptures and modern art as well. It is a worth visit this gallery.
Written 9 August 2020
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Thank you for your visit and for your feedback.
Written 10 August 2020
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JCC
16 contributions
You must visit this wonderful gallery
Jan 2020
This is one of the few galleries in Italy that was always meant to be a gallery. This means it works, the layout flows, the artwork is mindblowing and the staging of the gallery works well. There is enough room to appreciate the extraordinary artwork, both small size up close and unbelievably huge from the old palaces and palazzo's. If you only go to one gallery then go to this one. Opens early too. Great in cold weather. It has lockers for your bag and coats. And a nice cafe too. Easy walk from Duomo square.
Written 7 March 2020
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Thank you for your visit and for your positive feedback:-)
Written 7 March 2020
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GAN L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia8,695 contributions
Magnificent paintings
Feb 2020 • Couples
It is the main public gallery for paintings in Milan. Totally impressed by the paintings " Christ at the Column", "Last Supper"
"Portrait of a Lady" and "Madonna and Child Blessing"
Written 21 February 2020
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Thanks for your visit and for your feedback.
Written 28 February 2020
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,451 contributions
I visited this museum twice
Dec 2019
I visited the Pinacoteca di Brera twice during my visit to Milan in late December 2019 and early January 2020. The first time the ticket cost 12 euros and by the second time the price of the ticket had gone up to 15 euros. The information desk had no plan or information on the museum so I decided to take notes to document what I saw (the museum suggested the audioguide but I did not want to pay the extra money). Here are my notes on the various paintings - 1. Dead Christ by Mantegna 2. Saint Marks Square (in Venice) by Bellini 3. Discovery of the Body of Saint Mark by Tintoretto 4. Cena in Casa di Simone by Veronese (pay attention to the two dogs and cat fighting over food under the table) 5. the Restoration Lab 6. Bull's Head by Picasso 7. Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael 8. Dinner at Emmaus by Caravaggio 9. Last Supper by Crespi 10. The Last Supper by Rubens (pay attention to Judas and a dog) 11. Four paintings of Venice by Canoletto and Guardi 12. The Kiss by Francisco Hayez. I had a nice capuccino and rest in the museum's cafe. I think this is a great museum but information in English and other languages would enhance the experience as well as having a bookstore and gift shop (I did not see one). I definitely enjoyed my two visits to the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Written 19 February 2020
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Thanks for your visit and for the positive feedback. We regret that you have not taken advantage of our Temporary card, which would have allowed you to enter for free the next time: this card, as it is indicated on the displays at the entrance and on our site, must be requested at the ticket office when purchasing the ticket. Regarding the information in English, we regret that you have not been able to use our map (probably sold out on the day you came and we apologize for this) but, always at the entrance, we have an info point, where English is also spoken. Furthermore, most of the works are related to captions in Italian and English, in order to facilitate the understanding of foreign visitors too. Finally, our bookshop is located on the ground floor, in the courtyard: even in this case, surely our info point would have been able to give you the correct indications. With regards:-)
Written 27 February 2020
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  • Tue - Sun 09:30 - 18:30
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