Pinacoteca di Brera

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

Pinacoteca di Brera
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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4.5
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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 Jersey2,284 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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Gianni C
Southampton, UK12 contributions
Worth the time
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you like the works of Raffaelo, Caravaggio then don't skip this place as Brera has a unique collection of these works for viewing. Lines are not that big but plan ahead by arriving early.
Written 16 February 2020
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Thanks for your visit and for your positive feedback:-)
Written 26 February 2020
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Mikara Achary
Durban, South Africa5 contributions
Music and Art
Jan 2020
Pinacoteca di Brera hosts a music and arts evening on the third Thursday of every month.

Walking through the gallery, the soft, gentle sounds of the flute and violin are played by students in each room of the gallery. The music adds an extra element to the paintings; bringing to life the subjects in each piece, and even making you feel the turmoil of the "Vision of St. Jerome" or the romanticism of "The Kiss".

I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a unique museum experience.
Written 3 February 2020
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Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit :-)
Written 5 February 2020
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Gottalovefoood
38 contributions
Live music 3rd Thursday of the month.
Jan 2020 • Friends
Excellent way to see the paintings. For three euros we listened to students from the local music school
Written 27 January 2020
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Thank you for the positive review :-)
Written 5 February 2020
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Nik R
Varna, Bulgaria6,412 contributions
Impressive collection in a beautiful building
Feb 2019
Pinacoteca di Brera is the Milan's most famous and one of Italy's major art museums. It is housed in the beautiful building of the Palazzo di Brera along with the Botanical Garden, the Astronomical Observatory and Museum, the Academy of Fine Arts, etc. There is a vast, impressive collection on display, mostly religious art, spanning a large period of time, with masterpieces by famous painters, such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Bellini, Raffaello, Canaletto, Picasso, etc.
You can take an audio-guide but there are info-plates for every drawing, both in Italian and English. As there are more than 30 rooms, you will need about 3 hours but there are benches to sit here and there. Furthermore, you can have some refreshment at the Caffe Fernanda. For those who love to draw, there are special places to "sit down and draw" with paper and pencils.
The pinacoteca is closed on Mondays but it is free of charge every first Sunday of the month. If you are with kids, you can benefit from being charged as a family.
Highly recommended! Enjoy it!
Written 26 January 2020
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Thank you for the valorisation of our buildings and our art collection :-)
Written 5 February 2020
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Marie Diab
Cairo, Egypt7 contributions
You don't wanna miss it
Jan 2020
beautiful displays with excellent description for each piece... written in a fun way that makes it very interesting. when i was there it was not crowded at all which made my visit very peaceful and enjoyable
Written 16 January 2020
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Thank you for your kindness :-)
Written 4 February 2020
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Benjamin-traveler
New York City, NY508 contributions
A must-see while in Milan, even with kids.
Dec 2019
Despite having three young kids in tow, we absolutely enjoyed our visit of Pinacoteca di Brera. Our kids enjoyed it as well, the museum is of reasonable size, some masterpieces are (of course) paintings one has to see at least once, and we finished with an espresso in the cute little café there. Will not go over all the galeries, but be assured it is a must-see in Milano.
Written 10 January 2020
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Thank you for having appreciated our masterpieces :-)
Written 5 February 2020
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