La Triennale Design Museum

Price guide: Mid-range

Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, 20121

Price guide: Mid-range

La Triennale Design Museum
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Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Honeymooners, Art, Design and architecture, Sightseeing, Trendiness

Expert review of La Triennale Design Museum

Design as art and the art of design.

If you expect the design museum in La Triennale to be a sensible chronological history of Italian design, forget it. This is more a grand celebration of stuff. They even say it’s about the ‘Thingness of Things’. Everything is designed and re-designed, twice baked to make you look twice and really study it, look at it again and see it with new eyes: utensils fashioned into a sculpture, a cardboard box made of Perspex that looks like bone china. And just when you think that nothing is as it seems, a Gucci bag stands on its own, untouched. Perhaps this is the work of art so perfect it cannot be improved?

The Triennale was founded in Monza, about 15 kms outside of Milan, in 1923, moving into its current home in Giovanni Muzio’s Palazzo dell'Arte in 1933. Always focusing on design, it is only very recently that it has had a permanent design museum – astonishing when you consider how important design has been to the city.

There is a permanent collection but even this shifts and there are also regular changing exhibitions.

Price advice: 

Entrance costs eight euros, concessions 6.50 euros; audio-guides are free.

Expert tips: 
There is also a brilliant bookshop, while the museum café - the Design Café - is one of the trendiest in the city, overlooking Parco Sempione, with open-air tables in summer.

More information on La Triennale Design Museum:

Price guide:
Art gallery, Museum
Viale Alemagna 6, Milan, 20121
02 724 341
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Open Tue-Thur and Sun 10.30am-8.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am-11pm, closed Mondays.

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