Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Address: Via Gesù 5, Milan, 20121, Italy
Telephone: 02 7600 6132

- Mid-range


Step into a time machine - a Renaissance palazzo built by 19th-century collectors.

The Milan of the 19th century had a passion for historic interior design. In 1883, just two years after the Poldi Pezzoli Museum opened to the public, brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who were also passionate about the new-fangled sports of cycling and ballooning, set to work to turn their family palazzo into a Renaissance masterpiece. Their intention was to recreate a fully functional home of the period around the year 1500, using original artefacts wherever possible. Now open as a historic house museum, their home in the fashionable Montenapoleone district of Milan is extraordinary - filled with Italian Renaissance art, furniture and decorative arts, down to brass and domestic utensils.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance costs eight euros, concessions four euros; it's half price on Wednesdays.

Expert tips

Don't forget to explore the museum shop. It's filled with lovely goodies inspired by the museum’s collections.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Romance
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture