Grande Museo del Duomo, the Duomo’s hidden face

by Web Editor
Duomo Museum

The history of Milan’s famous symbol is chronicled at the magnificent, recently refurbished rooms of the Grande Museo del Duomo. Boasting five centuries of an inestimable heritage, its job is not only to retrace its history but also to amaze and move those visiting it.

The heart of Milan beats in piazza Duomo. It is here that its symbol, the splendid Gothic cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente resides. Furthermore, its amazing history – which is also the history of the city – is chronicled and safeguarded just a few steps away at the Grande Museo del Duomo. Completely refurbished in 2013, the museum hosts and highlights many of its treasures in the Museo del Duomo section of Palazzo Reale. Extending over a surface area of two thousand square metres, the museum is home to hundreds of works of art including sculptures, paintings, jewellery, vestments, religious objects, stained glass windows and architectural models, from the 15th century to the present time. An extraordinary heritage that reveals the very soul of the cathedral, where works by famous masters are displayed alongside those of anonymous artisans. Together with the treasures of the Duomo, the Museum’s collections retrace the story of its age-old history, from the first stone right up to the birth of the symbol best loved by the inhabitants of Milan, i.e. the ‘Madonnina’ which, since 1774, has stood atop its highest spire. Particularly noteworthy are the rooms of the Treasure, Christ at the Temple by Tintoretto, various works by Giovan Battista Crespi known as ‘Il Cerano’, an imposing wooden model of the cathedral dating back to 1519 and the panels of the fifth door of the Duomo by Lucio Fontana and Luciano Minguzzi.

Diana Orlando

Address: Piazza Duomo, 12 c/o Palazzo Reale

Transport: M1 (red line) – M3 (yellow line) Duomo

GPS: 45.4634826,9.191553099999965

T: +39 02 72023453


Tickets: regular tickets from 3 euro, reductions available.

Opening Hours: Daily 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. Closed on Wednesday.

If you are planning to visit this location on one of the following dates, we recommend you to check the availability: 1, 6 January, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, 25 April, 1 May, 2 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8, 25, 26 and 31 December.

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