The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is an art museum in Milan, Italy.

It is located near the Teatro alla Scala, on Via Manzoni 12.

The museum was originated in the 19th century as a private collection ofGian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822–1879) and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio, of the family of the condottiero Gian Giacomo Trivulzio. Many of the rooms in the palace were redecorated starting in 1846, a commissions entrusted toLuigi Scrosati andGiuseppe Bertini. Individual rooms were often decorated and furnished to match the paintings hung on the walls. The architect Simone Cantoni (1736–1818) rebuilt the palace in its present Neoclassical style with an English-style interior garden. In 1850–1853, Poldi Pezzoli commissioned the architect Giuseppe Balzaretto to refurbish his apartment.

Pezzoli in his testament left the house and contents to theBrera Academy. Giuseppe Bertini, director of the Academy, opened the museum on April 25, 1881. DuringWorld War II, the palace suffered grave damage, but the artworks had been placed in safe storage. The museum was reopened in 1951 after reconstruction.

The museum is notable for its broad collection of Northern Italian and Netherlandish/Flemish artists. The exhibition includes weaponry, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, and furnishings.

A Museum for Families

The Museum organizes special tours for families during the temporary exhibitions as well as summer workshops for kids. Why should you bring your kids to the Poldi Pezzoli Museum? Here some good reasons…

The Poldi Pezzoli is one of the most famous house-museums worldwide.
Kids under the age of 10 do not pay their ticket!
The audio-guides for kids are free and available in English!
We host masterpieces by great artists, such as Bellini, Botticelli, Mantegna, Raffaello, Tiepolo… Our collections include plenty of fine and interesting objects: clocks, porcelain, armory, goldsmithery, textiles and many other things.
What are you waiting for? The Museum is in the historical centre of Milan, close to the Duomo and the Teatro Alla Scala.


From 2003 onwards, the museum has been organizing various workshop for kids. Workshops usually take place during the weekends or during the summer and Christmas holidays.


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