The Museum of Ancient Art with over 400 sculptures
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Ancient Art Museum

Sforza Castle

General information

It is the most important collection of Late-Antiquity, Medieval and Renaissance sculpture in Lombardy. The Museum, housed in rooms bearing the Sforza and Spanish era decoration, dispalys items linked to the history of the city and the region, as well as masterpieces acquired by the City council trhoughout the course of time.

After the visitor as passed through the arch of the "Pusterla dei Fabbri", once one of the gates in the Medieval walls of Milan, his attemption is drawn to the 14th-century funerary monument of Bernabò Visconti, a masterpiece by Bonino da Campione, and to the elegant sculptures by the Tuscan Giovanni di Balduccio, called to Milan by Azzone Visconti to decorate the churches and gates of the city walls. The history of the city is shown in the friezes from the medieval Porta Romana, the picting events following the capture of the city by Frederich I Barbarossa in 1162, and the 16th-century Gonfalon of Milan featuring the portrait of St. Ambrose.

The Sforza period of Milan is represented by the Sala delle Asse, designed by Leonardo da Vinci called to Milan by Ludovico il Moro, the frescoes of the Ducal Chapel and the private rooms of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, where Late-Gothic (Jacopino da Tradate) and Renaissance (Giovanni Antonio Amadeo, Antonio and Cristoforo Mantegazza) works are displayed.

After the Armoury, housing a selection of arms from the Late Middle Ages to the 18th century, the itinerary is completed by one outstanding masterpiece: the funerary monument of Gaston de Foix, commissioned by the King of France Francis I and sculpted by Bambaja.

PLEASE NOTE: restorations of the walls and vault in the Sala delle Asse are in progress. In order to enable the restorers to continue their work the public will only be granted transit and will not be permitted to stop.

Don't miss

Amongst the works kept at the Museo d’Arte Antica the following stand out: the Sarcophagus of Lambrate, the fruit of sculptures of Lombard origin; the Head of Theodora, a Byzantine artwork; the Tomb of Bernabò Visconti, created in the 14th century in Gothic style; the Campionesi artworks; the bas-reliefs of the antique Porta Romana; the Renaissance-style funeral monument of Gastone de Foix, and  "Madonna Lia",  painted by Francesco Galli called Napoletano.

Useful details

The ticket provides access to all the museums of the Castello Sforzesco. The Museo d’Arte Antica is on the ground floor of the Corte Ducale.

ACCESSIBILITY OF THE CASTLE MUSEUMS

  • A wheelchair user can independently access the museum entrance and visit all the exhibition rooms. The toilet facilities - equipped in compliance with regulations for persons with physical disabilities - can also be independently accessed.
  • Halls 9, 10-15-23, 24 are not accessible for wheelchair visitors.
  • Audio guides are available: press number 5 on the tactile keypad.
  • Music workshops are organized for visitors with cognitive impairment (La voci della città). Reservations are required by phone and /or email.
  • Free entry for disabled visitors.
  • The museum is equipped with an audible fire alarm system.

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      • Ticket information

        € 5
        Reduced price: € 3
        This single ticket gives entry to all the Castello museums

        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 years

        PLEASE NOTE: restorations of the walls and vault in the Sala delle Asse are in progress. In order to enable the restorers to continue their work the public will only be granted transit and will not be permitted to stop

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