Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

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Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi
Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi Photo © Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi

The origins of the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

Leave the 21st century behind; step into the luxurious surroundings of the late 19th century Bagatti Valsecchi mansion in the heart of chic downtown Milan.

The barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi wanted to recreate the feel of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. They wanted to collect furniture, paintings, and everyday life objects. But could not find what they were searching for. They had it made new. That’s why their house is now a curious mix of genuine originals and fakes.

In 1883The barons inaugurated the house; for the wedding of Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi and Carolina of the renowned and powerful Borromeo family.

Evocative environments preserve the precious Italian Renaissance art and furnishings just as they were. You find panel paintings, including a Giovanni Bellini, maiolica, furniture, arms and armor, glass, tapestries, ivory, sculptures, and gilded and wrought metal and wooden objects.

Museo Bagatti Valsecchi - Salone
Salone – Photo © Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

The extraordinary Bagatti Valsecchi Museum Opened to the public in 1994. It is one of Europe’s most important and best-preserved historic house museums.

What is now going on at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum?

Activities and temporary exhibits for adults and children bring the museum alive.

Audio guides in Italian, English, French and Japanese are available free-of-charge with ticket purchase. Each room offers information cards in Italian, English, German, Franch, Spanish and Japanese (other languages for both in progress).

The free museum e-mail newsletter, available in Italian or English, keeps fans updated.

The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a “must-see” for those wishing to understand modern post-Unification Milan and Italy.

The website is, they are also on Facebook.

The museum is located in Via Gesù, 5, 20121 Milano. Map.

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Where to stay in Milan

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