Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
4.5
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:45 PM
About
The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a historic house museum that exquisitely expresses an extraordinary adventure of collecting at the end of the 19th century. The protagonists were two brothers: the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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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
  • Montenapoleone • 3 min walk
  • San Babila • 6 min walk
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Airborne503
Raleigh, NC39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Im a tough grader so I gave it 3 Stars but this was a very good and interesting museum with both genuine antiques and those made in the late 1800 and 1900 hundreds both labeled properly. The house was decorated and designed with the Renaissance in mind which happens to be my favorite time period. Beautiful and well displayed collection.
I’d only recommend to those interested either the renaissance or 18th / 19th century Italian high society houses.
Written December 1, 2023
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The Honest Traveler
Mexico City, Mexico14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
I think there isn't a similar place in the world! Renaissance styled residence built in the XIX century, located at the heart of Milan's fashion district it has an amazing art and furniture collection, the mansion had been inhabited until 1975 so every corner is in pristine conditions. It also has a very complete audio-guide system (included in the ticket fee). Staff are extremely friendly as most of them are volunteers. I would recommend people to buy the "Case museo" card for €15.00 in order to be able to visit other 4 museums for a better price. http://www.casemuseomilano.it/en/
Written July 31, 2014
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irmszr
Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
Beautiful collection, very well preserved and exhibited. Especially the armor room was impressive.
Audio guide is detailed and informative.
Written April 29, 2013
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Fabian_vK
Stuttgart, Germany15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
Stepping from the 21st century bustle in the middle of the most famous shopping area in Milan into the peaceful beauty of the Renaissance. In the 19th century the wealthy Bagatti Valsecchi brothers turned their home into a private Renaissance Palazzo. Their family continued to live their up to the late 20th century. Then they moved just across Via San Spirito into their slightly smaller 2nd Palazzo. In 1994 the larger Palazzo was converted into a museum showing in great detail how a wealthy Milanese family lived in the 19th century. It's so exquisitely presented that you expect the former owners to walk in at any minute. This palazzo is charming and a great place to feel like you are really in a Milanese home. The audio guide explains what you are seeing and occasionally you hear the last owner's voice telling you about his live there.
The entrance ticket is 8 euros and includes an audio guide in several languages as well as info cards in each room. You won't regret you visit and can easily spend a whole day there!
One of the courtyards and parts of the ground floor now house the good and expensive deli and restaurant "Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone".
Written January 14, 2013
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Lutgarde V
Ankara, Türkiye69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Together with the Poldi-Pezzoli museum one of the less known museums. Small but worth visiting, also walking distance from the duomo. A renaissance palace belonging to two brothers who spent their life collecting furniture and art. It has still a "home" feeling ...Excellent English signage in every room (also a few other languages). It doesn't take hours to visit but it's a little change from all the fashion shops in the neighbourhood...
Written May 3, 2018
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Thanks to your review Lutgarde!
Written May 4, 2018
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35yrdream
Perth, Australia267 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Solo
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, is a really interesting social establishment. The wealthy brothers Bagatti Valsecchi born in the mid 1800s had a radical idea, what if we were to furnish a house from the mid 1800s in a Renaissance style while living there. They set about cleverly collecting, re assembling and building things that showcased Renaissance value and made them into items that look like Renaissance originals but without sacrificing the luxury that the 1800s could offer. The outcome is really worth a look.
As you wander through the rooms, it’s difficult to take in all the subtleties. The colours, the fabrics, the embellishments, the furniture, the decoration; there is so much to absorb. It’s like being in your favourite shop and not knowing what to look at first.
The house is divided into three sections; each brother had their private suites with the third area being shared.
Your tour starts via the main staircase and into Fausto’s suites.
• At the top of the stairs is a small room, which then leads into Room of the Fresco, this looks like a chapel.
• The Room of the Fresco is a light airy room with a large fresco on one wall. The ceiling is carved wood panelling.
• The Bevilaqua room oozes opulence. The walls are covered with a flock material wallpaper, the doorframes are very intricately carved, and there are a number of paintings (some of which get lost in the wallpaper design) but the 15C painting of Madonna and Child does holds its own.
• The library, the stand out pieces here are two globes, one celestial the other of the world.
• Fausto’s bedroom is called the Room of Valtellinese bed, after the huge wooden carved bed. Above the bed is a triptych of large paintings. The ceiling is amazing, being carved with recessed niches which are painted in strong colours and then gilded in parts. There’s a clock in the form of a skull – an interesting piece.
• Fausto’s bathroom – the wash stand and bath are fitted with hot and cold plumbed water, but you would never know looking at it. Very ingenious!
The shared rooms:
• The first being grand marble and bronze staircase, on the way up the stairs notice the windows with their circular panes of glass.
• Between Fausto and Guiseppe’s rooms there’s a modern walk in room holding a collection of more personal items. Here displayed in drawers that can be opened are items that give you a sense of who these people were. There’s crockery designed with the family logo, hats belonging to the brothers, family photos.
• The cupola gallery houses a huge collection of paintings and ceramics.
• As a counter balance the gallery along the other side of the house, holds and amazing non firearms collection, meaning that everything here is before guns were invented. There are swords, shields and armour.
• The Grand Salon is a huge entertaining room that has real warmth about it.
• The Dining Room has tapestries on the walls.
• The two tone marble study floor suggests wealth along with the heavy business like furniture.
• There is another grand staircase which in the original concept of the house would have allowed the two families to come and go with interruption to the other. This has an ornate basin (at least I think it’s a basin).
Giuseppe and his wife Caroline’s rooms start with:
• The room of the Valtellinese Stove, this room has a fireplace along with a keyboard instrument (I’m not sure if it’s a piano or organ). It’s like a sitting room.
• The Red Room, the marital bedroom. The bed here is very ornate. A large canopied four post bed made from wrought iron that has been gilded, with an amazing foot end. On the walls are a number of rich paintings. Also within the room is a collection of children’s furniture.
• The green room, this is Giuseppe’s private room, furnished in an understated manner in contrast to his brother’s bedroom and the marital bedroom.
What is remarkable about Bagatti Valsecchi is that it was a private home with a family living here and using all that is in the house until 1974.
I was alone for most of my visit. I really enjoyed this museum and spent 2 hours there.
Really nice staff.
Audio guide included in ticket price. The guide is very comprehensive and narrated by a family member who grew up here and was one of the last to leave this residence in 1974.
Photography OK without a flash.
Closed Mondays and only open in the afternoon. Check website for opening times and entrance costs.
Written September 29, 2015
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Roberto A
Milan, Italy13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Friends
Ancient state capitals, like Rome, London, Paris, Vienna must show off their own beauty and richness, as it officially represents a nation and its political, religious, military, scientific, diplomatic power. Ancient cities of merchants like Venice, Amsterdam, Firenze or Milan, tend to hide their beauty and richness from the public streets, instead: their best secrets are kept indoor, away from gossip and tax officers... ;-) That is why Milan can be best explored and understood by observing the beauty of shop windows, inner courtyards and penthouses. Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, the Museum, the courtyard and "Sito Privato" demonstrate what I just described in my premise above. The museum is an amazing collection of "eclecticism": this is another concept that is very controversial in art, and yet it was very common in Milan, long before its post-modern popularity. By observing objects of everyday life in different ages and cultures, you can grasp and understand those peoples and times very vividly: it is a method that arouses the curiosity of both children and adults, both educated and clueless visitors. The two cloister-like courtyards and gates are a jewel, and so is the hotel / cafe / deli / restaurant that recently opened there: a place that offers the rare privilege of silence, elegance, and a unique blend of ancient and modern intimacy in the very core of Milan's historic center.
Written February 11, 2015
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Sev V
Milan, Italy9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
This is my favourite place to visit in Milan. It is nothing like a museum. You'll get amazed by the collection of painting and medieval weapons that these brothers got to put together. These two got their home made in the late medieval style as it was the fashion in the 19s Milan
Written May 19, 2014
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Joanne S
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I would not recommend this. The staff stood around staring and talking. I could not hear the commentary on the headphones. It detracted from the event . It was not a pleasant or enjoyable visit. I felt uncomfortable being starred at so much.
Written September 26, 2019
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Dear Joanne, thanks for the review and for the feedback ... it is really important for us. Unfortunately, I fear you came at a time when the museum had few visitors and the attention of the surveillance was therefore too zealous. We are very sorry that this made your experience unpleasant. We hope you have the opportunity to return to the Museum, perhaps on the occasion of other initiatives such as concerts or theater!
Written January 7, 2020
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Aussieabroad054
Sydney, Australia229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Given it was our third visit to Milan, we were looking for new things a little off the beaten tourist track. This museum fits the bill. Perfectly restored and preserved we almost had it it to ourselves, and it was very pleasant to wander without crowds. Well presented, with an entertaining audio guide. The history of the family and the house made for a very interesting visit.
Written September 8, 2019
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Dear Aussieabroad054, thank you for your feedback! The XVI century style of the house makes her a true “hidden gem”. We are glad you had a great experience here, we are waiting for you next time you’ll be in Milan!
Written September 30, 2019
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