Civico Museo di Storia Naturale

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Civico Museo di Storia Naturale

Civico Museo di Storia Naturale
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This natural history museum is the oldest civic museum in Milan. Its six sections offer a look at everything from the history of humankind to the study of paleontology (dinosaurs, anyone?) to zoology.
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The area
Address
Corso Venezia 55, 20121 Milan Italy
Neighborhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Palestro • 3 min walk
  • Porta Venezia • 4 min walk
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy323 contributions
My favourite museum in Milan
Mar 2021
I have so many memories related to this museum… I always loved the stuffed animals and the room of minerals… It’s fantastic to visit it with children!
Written September 16, 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,326 contributions
The largest Italian collection of full size dioramas
Sep 2020
Beautiful palace inside the Montanelli Park, the neoclassical palace was built in 1838 to collect the donation of Giuseppe de Cristoforis (1803-1837) a naturalist and collector .
Inside the museum you can see five permanent sections: Mineralogy, Paleontology, Anthropology, Invertebrated Zoology and Vertebrate Zoology .
The museum offers to you the largest Italian collection of dioramas , a three-dimensional full size or miniature model of life during centuries
Written September 29, 2020
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AMohsen
Port Said, Egypt400 contributions
Extremely impressive to my child who is obsessed with dinosaurs, fossils, and animals
Feb 2020
I noticed this museum through tripadvisor.com coincidentally while we were in Milan, and it was extremely impressive to my child who is obsessed with dinosaurs, fossils, nature, and animals. It was a good price ticket, and the animals were perfectly sculptured, the museum has a broad spectrum of sections and everything about nature and humanity. Only one observation is that many sections have no translated illustrative texts and labels, where they were in only the Italian language.
Written May 18, 2020
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Marieka86
United Kingdom257 contributions
Impressive Nature Dioramas
Jan 2020
Think there were some maintenance works going on on the ground floor that made the order/sections currently difficult to follow. As this floor covers things like evolution, this was particularly disconcerting. Upstairs there were some very impressive dioramas of nature scenes from different habitats all around the world that raised the quality of the whole museum. So, although not the biggest, most impressive natural history museum, it's a fair spot to take children for an hour or two, with the added convenience of being just in the corner of the park!
Written February 4, 2020
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seajanetravell
Maryland147 contributions
Cheap Entry, Walkable, Good displays
Aug 2019
I try to make the effort to visit Natural History museums whenever I travel; it's kind of becoming my MO.

The entry fee is pretty cheap: less than $6USD for adults, kids <6yrs are free. Accepts Credit cards and cash.
Time: If you read Italian, probably 2-3hrs. If you don't read Italian, about an hour.

The museum is located in a park, which has a playground right behind the museum. It's also located very close to multiple metro stops and the park is very nice.

The exhibits themselves are very well set out and are immaculate. It is a small museum; if you're expecting some kind of major event, this isn't it. There aren't any interactive exhibits (i.e. tangible exhibits, videos, etc.). However, what does exist is thoughtfully put together and easy to follow.

The only thing I wasn't keen on was that you have to double-back to get out. The museum ends abruptly. It seems that the exit exhibit was closed.

Also, if you don't speak/read/understand Italian, either download the Google Translate App (you can take pics and it translates) or learn Italian. Most of the signs are in Italian. I found it challenging (in a good way) trying to read the signs and understand. I ended up learning some Italian like that.

**IF YOU GO IN AUGUST, MAKE SURE THEY'RE OPEN.** Milan essentially shuts down for the whole month for vacation. Google Maps doesn't always notate this.
Written November 27, 2019
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Tiptoes
44 contributions
Just ok, not interactive
Oct 2019 • Family
The exhibits were ok (far cry from the Natural History museum in Ueno, Japan). However, the visit was marred by the unpleasant experience with the gallery attendants. First, the stern "do not touch anything" warning was totally unnecessary. Second, the 2 kids asked to be silent while inside. It's a museum and kids are bound to be curious and ask questions there and then. Unreasonable. Next, when the kids were pointing to something inside a glass exhibit, and thus, had contact with the glass - they were told "off the glass!". I appreciate that the exhibits need to be protected. But let it be within reasonable limits and without killing the opportunity for children to learn. Furthermore, an adult was present with them the whole time. To me, it was not child-friendly because many displays (e.g. those near the entrance) were too high and I had to carry my 5YO to see it. Plus, most of the description were only in Italian.
Written October 9, 2019
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Michael
Norwich, UK4 contributions
Excellent Museum!
Aug 2019 • Couples
Visited the museum while on a day trip to Milan and was not disappointed! Located only a 20 minute walk from the cathedral, it has an extensive collection of objects spanning millions of years. For €5, and €3 for people under 25, this museum is easily the most value for money museum in the city and a must for a traveller on a budget.
Written August 8, 2019
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WorldTraveller
St Austell, UK157 contributions
Small but beautifully formed
May 2019 • Friends
Great museum. Not huge but the presentation of the animals and plants is superb in the way only the Italians with their eye for detail could manage. Get the museo pass (€12) to visit this and lots of other Milanese sights. Also very convenient for Galleria d’Arte Moderna across the road.
Written May 18, 2019
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Giuliop P
Milan, Italy39 contributions
With children is it is raining, two hours of sure fun and natural landscapes
Jan 2019 • Family
near duomo, 15 minutes walk, there is this big museum. There are at the second floor many landscapes with animals in their natural land.
So, walking for one hour or two allows spending good time with children.
If the weather is good, out of the museum you find beautiful public gardens with some game areas and some rest areas, so if you have a morning or an afternoon free, sure is a good oppoortunity to visit this place.
Written February 6, 2019
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Pina & C
Milan, Italy20 contributions
Close contact with dinosaurs
Nov 2018 • Family
Have you children interested in dinosaurs matter? This museum is for them and you.
My younger daughter loves it. I brought her several times and once she has attended "The night at the Museum" (it was Halloween and she was 8) , sleeping in and playing all around its rooms and labs.
I love their modern approach in bringing children closer to scientific culture.
My daugther is now attending Chemistry at the Milan University. I'm sure they had a role in that. :)

Here you can meet the fossil of "Ciro" (Scipionyx samniticus), the first Italian dinosaur and unique in the world fossilized with internal organs. You can learn about their origin, evolution and biology.
At the second floor, the dioramas are very realistic and can show animal life all over the world.

If you know Italian language you can attend courses about several topics: earth sciences and paleontology (PALEOLAB) and life sciences and meteorology (BIOLAB).

I am not sure there are courses in other languages but check that once you are in. "Teachers" are young so it can be...
Written December 20, 2018
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Civico Museo di Storia Naturale is open:
  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM


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