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Palazzo Moriggia - Museo del Risorgimento
The objects in the museum illustrate the history of the “Risorgimento”, Italy’s struggle for independence. Battles, personalities and fashion from that historical period are brought to life in the 16 halls of Palazzo Moriggia, built in 1776 by Giuseppe Piermarini near the great building complex of Brera and itself evocative in its architectural structure alone.
Exhibits include portraits of Garibaldi, Napoleon’s gown, and other Garibaldi relics (he was known as the “Hero of the Two Worlds”), such as a red shirt and his poncho.
There are also medals, period prints, sculptures, all sorts of weapons, and books and archives dating back to the 18th century, fascinating for all those interested in the past.
The Museum offers a multimedia hall, a conference hall and an educational section.
Important exhibits include the staff, sceptre and gown used by Napoleon Bonaparte on 26 May 1805, day of his coronation as King of Italy. In addition, there is the banner of the Legione Lombarda Cacciatori cavalry regiment (the first Italian flag in its modern, three-colour form).
On the first floor is the library that boasts more than 120 thousands volumes dating from 1748 to today and the Historical Collections’ Civic Archive, that keeps very important documents dating back to the Risorgimento.
- 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.
- The medium-large toilet pictograms are clearly visible and placed at eye level.
- A concise guide to the collections for visually impaired visitors is available.
- Some sculptures in the museum have captions in Braille
- Some private associations for the visually impaired organise events and, occasionally, visits are organised by the museum’s Education Sector. Reservations required.
- Tickets: disabled visitors pay a reduced price; the accompanying carer has free entry.
- Reservations and enquiries can be made via telephone and/or email.
- The museum is equipped with both audible and visual fire alarm systems.