Milan‘s Museo del Duomo is located in the city’s Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale). The first floor of this building highlights the history of the cathedral, the rest deals with Lombard art.
Museo del Duomo Milan
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 12 – Milan. Telephone: +39 02 7202 3453. Opening hours: From 10:00 to 19:00. Closed: Wednesday. Entrance fee: 5 Euro (children between 6 and 18: 2 Euro). Combi-ticket Cathedral, Archaeological Zone, Museo del Duomo, San Gottardo Church, Exhibitions: 10 Euro (discount: 4 Euro); combi-ticket plus stairs to the roof of the Cathedral: 15 Euro (discount: 7 Euro); combi-ticket + elevator to the roof: 20 Euro (discount: 9 Euro).
History and description
The Museo del Duomo was inaugurated in 1953. Initially it was used to exhibit the materials used in the construction of the cathedral. This part of the collection consists of sketches, paintings, tapestries and statues that testify to the history of the building. The wooden scale models of original medieval statues from the 16th and 17th centuries are among the highlights as well as the Treasury (Tesoro) of the Cathedral.
The 26 rooms are arranged chronologically, allowing the visitor to follow the history of the Duomo’s construction.
A second part of the collection offers an overview of Lombard art from the end of the 14th century to the present day.