What’s open and closed in Milan between now and New Year’s

See which museums, foundations and exhibition open over the holiday period.

Like many other museums in town, the collection of the Fondazione Prada, as well as the exhibition devoted to Domenico Gnoli at the Largo Isarco venue will be closed on January 1. Courtesy of Fondazione Prada. Bas Princen

Milan residents, like the rest of the world, will be celebrating the holidays again amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, there will be closures and reduced hours, including on New Year’s Eve on Friday.

Here is a list of what’s open and closed in Milan this holiday season:

  • City Museums

The permanent collections and exhibitions at Castello Sforzesco, Archaeological Museum, GAM the Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Morando, Museo del Risorgimento, Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano, Studio Museo Francesco Messina, Natural History Museum and the City Aquarium will be open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm. They are closed on Mondays and on January 1.

  • Museo del Novecento

The Museo del Novecento will remain open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7.30 pm, on Thursdays from 10 am to 10.30 pm. Closed on Mondays, and 1 January 2022. On 31 December, the Museum will close early, at 5.30 pm. In addition to the permanent collection, you can visit the temporary exhibitions: “Mario Sironi. Sintesi e grandiosità”, “Anna Valeria Borsari. Da qualche punto incerto”, “invito 2021. Marinella Senatore”, “Vincenzo Agnetti e Paolo Scheggi. Il tempio. La nascita dell’Eidos”.

  • MUDEC Museo delle Culture

The MUDEC Museo delle Culture will be open on Mondays from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays with extended hours until 10.30 pm. On 31 December it will be open from 9.30 am to 2 pm, while on 25 December and 1 January it will open at 2.30 pm and close at 7.30 pm.
Visit “Disney. The timeless art of storytelling” and “Piet Mondrian. From figuration to abstraction”.

  • Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am to 7.30 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm. Closed every Monday (except for the exhibition “Monet. Works from the Marmottan Museum in Paris”, which is also open on Mondays from 10 am to 7.30 pm). On December 31, the exhibitions will be open from 10 am to 2.30 pm, and on 1 January 2022 from 2.30 pm to 7.30 pm. It is currently hosting “Corpus Domini. From the glorious body to the ruins of the soul”, “Realismo Magico, an Italian style”, “Tullio Pericoli. Fragments”, “Pablo Atchugarry. Life of Matter” and “Monet. Works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris”.

  • PAC Contemporary Art Pavilion

The PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea will be open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am to 7.30 pm, Thursday from 1 pm to 10 pm. Closed on Mondays and on 31 December and 1 January 2022. You can visit “Tania Bruguera. The truth even at the expense of the world” and “Giulia Iacolutti. Casa Azul”.

  • Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca mainly closes during the holidays but on certain days the exhibition spaces are open to the public: Thursday 30 December 2021; Sunday 2, Thursday 6, Friday 7, Saturday 8, and Sunday 9 January 2022. You shouldn’t miss Maurizio Cattelan’s latest project “Breath, Ghosts, Blind” and Neïl Beloufa’s “Digital Mourning” (open until Jan 9).

  • Fondazione Prada

The collection of the Fondazione Prada, as well as the exhibition of Domenico Gnoli at the Largo Isarco venue and “Sturm & Drang” hosted in the Osservatorio premises above the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, will be open on 31 December from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on 1 January. As usual, Fondazione Prada is closed on Tuesdays and the rest of the week is open from 10 am to 7 pm.

  • Pinacoteca di Brera

Officially established in 1809 for teaching purposes, alongside the Academy of Fine Arts commissioned by Maria Theresa of Austria, the Brera Art Gallery, the most important collection in town, is closed on Mondays and 1 January, the rest of the week it is open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.

  • Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

From 26 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which among other gems houses precious masterpieces by Leonardo, Raphael, and Caravaggio, will be open to the public from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed on Tuesdays, 1 and 3 January. The museum recently inaugurated an exhibition about Napoleon’s era in Milan.

  • Museo Teatrale alla Scala

Don’t miss the curious permanent collection of the Museo Teatrale Alla Scala and the chance to see the hall of the most famous theatre in the world live. The museum hosts an extensive exhibition on Giorgio Strehler’s revolutionary work and his connection with the city of Milan, you can visit it every day from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. On December 31 it closes at 3.30pm. Closed on January 1st.

  • Cenacolo by Leonardo Da Vinci

The iconic “Last Supper” by Leonardo da Vinci is closed on Mondays and on January 1. One of the most famous paintings in the world can be seen from Tuesday to Saturday, from 8 am to 7 pm. On Sundays from 2 pm to 7 pm.

  • Triennale Milano

The Triennale Milano, the Italian institution dedicated to design, architecture, visual, scenic, and performing arts is closed on Mondays and on both 31 December and 1 January. From Tuesday to Sunday it is open from 11 am to 8 pm. Don’t miss Saul Steinberg’s retrospective, and Ettore Sottsass’ recently unveiled Casa Lana.