August 2017 in Milan: What to Do

by Giulia Minero

Have you ever heard of the Italian ‘Ferragosto’? If yes, a simple question may come to your mind… does Milan shut down in August? If you’ve heard that nothing goes on in Milan in August, then you’ve heard wrong! While planning a trip to Milan it is important to note that some museums, shops and cultural activities are closed in August or, at least, during the “Ferragosto” week (around 14, 15, 16 August) period in which the Feast of the Assumption occurs. Ferragosto is considered the core of summer, a mix of a religious and a cultural celebration in which Italians stop working to go on a short trip, party or simply relax. August for Milanese is typically the month for holidays, especially on its two central weeks, but there are no fixed rules on summer closures; this means that every shop owner or museum may decide independently the opening days and hours of their activities. Don’t panic, as trends are quickly changing from year to year, your trip to Milan might not be affected at all by the closures as the majority of Milan’s museums will remain open all-August long.

1. Head to the Sforza Castle

This August, the ‘Courtyard of Arms’ at Castello Sforzesco is offering a must-attend extravaganza titled Estate Sforzesca. Among these evenets, two of the most notable include the ‘PianoLink Silent Wifi Concert’ and ‘The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla’. On 12 August, at 9pm, audiences will be treated to a unique piano recital by Andrea Vizzini broadcast through wireless headphones, the ideal choice for those in search of an unconventional, emotion-filled experience while, on 23 August, the notes of Venetian Baroque will merge with the rhythms of Argentinian tango during a creative revival of some of the best-loved classics of 18th century music.
>> Learn more on Estate Sforzesca

2. Enjoy the Latin American Vibes at Assago Forum

An absolute must for lovers of Latin American culture is Milano Latin Festival, a full festival of extravaganza dedicated to Latin American music, dance and culture. Until 15 August.
>> Learn more on Milano Latin Festival

3. Swim at Milan’s Bagni Misteriosi pool

In August, temperatures in Milan can soar sky-high! The new Bagni Misteriosi, the spectacular public swimming pool, inaugurated last year in the heart of the city and connected to the Franco Parenti Theatre, is the perfect location to soak up the sun, bathe and cool down. The swimming pool is open Monday through Friday from 12noon to 7pm and on weekends from 10am to 7pm.

4. Relax at QC Terme Milano

If you’re looking to unwind after a long day’s sightseeing, head to QC Terme Milano, a must-visit SPA, located just steps from Porta Romana, boasting state-of-the-art facilities. Set within the ruins of Milan’s historic Roman walls, this is a great place to relax and rejuvenate while indulging in a unique pampering experience.

5. Spend some family time at the Idroscalo

Located on the outskirts of Milan, another excellent alternative for those wishing to escape this season’s unbearable heat is the Idroscalo, a family nature park where youcan either spend a few leisurely hours or indulge in sporting activities. The area boasts all types of facilities including swimming pools, a beach, two adventure parks, a butterfly conservatory, water skiing and the hire of boats and pedalòs. But that’s not all!
On 5 and 6 August, the park will be used to host the Italian canoeing championships, an action-packed, spectator favourite.

Open musems in Milan

1. Sforza Castle and its museums

The Drawings Study, the Archeological and the Numismatic Libraries are closed from 3 to 28 August. All the Castle and the other museums are open Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm). Closed on Monday.

2. Palazzo Reale

The museum hosts two exhibitions: ‘LR100. RINASCENTE. Stories of Innovation‘and ‘Giancarlo Vitali. Time Out‘ and is open Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm; Tue-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9.30am-10.30pm. On 14 and 15 August 9.30am-7.30pm.

3. PAC-Contemporary Art Pavilion

The museum hosts the ‘AFRICA. Telling a World‘ exhibition and is open Tue-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm; Thurs 9.30am-10.30pm. Closed on Mon. Open on 15 August 9.30am-7.30pm.

4. MUBA- Children Museum

Open Tue-Fri 9.30am-6.30pm; Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. For the events check the MUBA official website

5. Museo del Novecento

The museum hosts a part of the exhibition ‘New York New York. Italian Art: the Rediscovery of America‘. Open Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm; Tue-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm; Thurs-Sat 9.30am-10.30pm.

6. Modern Art Gallery- Galleria d’Arte Moderna (GAM)

The exhibition ‘100 Years. Sculpture in Milan 1815-1915‘ is on in August (until December).
Open Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Closed on Mon. On 15 August 9.30am-5.30pm

7. Archeological Museum- Museo Archeologico

Open Tue-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Closed on Monday and on 15 August.

8. Risorgimento Museum- Palazzo Moriggia

Open Tue-Sun 9am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm. Closed on Monday and on 15 August.

9.Palazzo Morando

Open Tue-Sun 9am-1pm, 2pm-5.30pm. Closed on Monday and on 15 August.

10. Gallerie d’Italia -Piazza Scala

A part of the exhibition ‘New York New York. Italian Art: the Rediscovery of America‘. Open Tue-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm. Thurs and Sat 9.30am-10.30pm. Closed on Monday. On 15 August 9.30am-3.30pm.

11. MUDEC – Museum of Cultures

The newly inaugurated multimedia exhibition ‘Klimt Experience‘ is on until 7 January. Open Mon 2.30pm-7.30pm; Mon-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm and Thurs and Sat 9.30am-10.30pm. Open on 15 August 9.30am-7.30pm.

12. Natural History Museum- Museo di Storia Naturale

Open Mon-Sun 9am-5.30pm. Closed on Monday and 15 August.

13. Duomo Museum

Open daily 8am-7pm. >> Check the new tours

14. Science and Technology Museum Leonardo da Vinci

Open Tue-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm. 14 and 15 August 10am-7pm.

15. Pinacoteca di Brera –  Brera Picture Gallery

Open Tue-Sun 8.30am-7.15pm. Every first and third Thurs of the month open 8.30am-10.15pm.

16. Triennale di Milano – Triennale Design Museum 
The exhibition ‘TDM 10. Giro Giro Tondo‘ is on in August, until February. Open Tue-Sun 10.30am-8.30pm
17. Pirelli Hangar Bicocca
Open Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm. Closed from 7 to 23 August.

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