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The Archaeological Museum is housed in a unique architectural environment, the former convent of the Monastero Maggiore of San Maurizio founded in the eighth century AD, where traces of the history of ancient Milan can still be seen. In the imperial period the area was occupied by a residential building from the first century AD together with the Roman walls and the great circus next to the Imperial Palace.
The collections are displayed in different rooms depending on the culture of origin. On the ground floor, after the first cloister (a Milanese architectural decoration) is the Ancient Milan section, while downstairs the route continues to Living in Mediolanum. Also downstairs are the Caesarea Maritima (Israel) and Gandhara sections.
The viewing route continues in the back cloister ("Milanese society through inscriptions"). At the end of the second cloister a path leads to the polygonal tower (late third century) with early medieval frescoes (thirteenth century) and comes out in the new museum in Via Nirone where the early medieval section is on the first floor.
On the second floor is the Etruscan section; the items are an important heritage, valuable in the reconstruction of many aspects of Etruscan civilisation.
The third and last floor is the Greek section. The exhibition is dedicated to Greek society and everyday life marked by economic activities, from theatre and religion to reflections on life and death.
The Egyptian collections of Prehistory and Early History are on display in the Sale Visconti of the Castello Sforzesco.
NOTICE for the Sforza Castle Museums:
The Egyptian Museum will be closed from June 5th, 2017 until June 2018.
Found in the province Novara, the superb Trivulzio diatreta cup (the title refers to the noble Milanese family and the collection that it was part of for a long time) is one of the best known examples of vasa diatreta blown into a mould and then etched on the surface so as to obtain an open-work decoration.
It is considered one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the late Roman Empire (III-IV century AD).
The Museum has created a "Save-the-parents-Kit", a booklet containing smart ways to visit the museum, plus, games and activities organised by age groups.
How to reach the museum:
Train: Ferrovie Nord, Cadorna stop.
MM1, MM2 (Cairoli or Cadorna stops).
Tram numbers 16 and 19, Bus numbers 50, 58 and 94.
The management of the museum also administers the opening to the public of the Antiquarium Alda Levi in the Roman Amphitheatre park (between via Arena, via De Amicis and via Conca del Naviglio), the Crypt of San Giovanni in Conca (located in the median strip of piazza Missouri), the church of San Maurizio (on the corner of via Luini and corso Magenta) and the Ansperto tower (in the courtyard of the headquarters of the museum itself in corso Magenta).
- A stair lift is available at the side entrance, in Via Nirone 7, to provide access to both the museum and the church of san Maurizio. PLEASE NOTE: THE STARILIFT DOES NOT WORK WITH ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIRS.
- The toilet facilities - equipped in compliance with regulations for persons with physical disabilities - can also be independently accessed.
- The names of the rooms and the directional arrow are in large font and clearly visible.
- Works, or copies of some works, are on display specifically for tactile experiences.
- Guided tours, projects and educational activities specifically aimed at disabled visitors are available. All reservations and inquiries can be made by telephone and/or email.
- Free entry for disabled visitors.
- The museum is equipped with an audible fire alarm system.
Reduced price: € 3
3 days ticket to the Civic Museums: € 12
Free admission every first and third Tuesday of the month from 14:00 and every first Sunday of the month for the whole day
Free admission: visitors up to the age of 18; high school students and accompanying teachers of school groups; tourist guides and tourist interpreters accompanying groups; disabled people and their carers; journalists; people with disabilities; scholars with special permission from the Museum management; officials of state and regional superintendencies; members of the ICOM.
Admission with reduction: EU citizens between the ages of 18 and 25; University students and Fine Arts Academies; adults over 65