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Reviewed today

This was a wonderful viewing experience, not crowded, while only a few blocks from the Duomo. Inaugurated in 1618 by Cardinal Borromeo it houses original works by Botticelli (Madonna dei Padiglione), Caravaggio (Basket of Fruit), Titian (Adoration of Magi), Leonardo da Vinci (Portrait of a Musician). This museum began as a teaching academy and also has replicas of many famous artworks. If you were unable to get tickets to see Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper at Santa Maria Delle Grazie or if you wanted more than 15 minutes to view it, Cardinal Borromeo commissioned Andrea Bianchi (known as Vespino) to make a copy of Leonardo's Last Supper which was already deteriorating. This copy of the fresco was made (1611-1616) as an oil painting and is on view with colours unfaded. Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus is also on view in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Thank Jill M
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Reviewed yesterday

Unlikely other museums, this is a very quiet one. I have been here twice and never found it crowded. It is very well kept and host an amazing collection (in particular the great masters of the Italian Renaissance: Luini, Bergognone, Tiziano...) plus in the wonderful library you can find on rotation some drawings of Leonardo's Atlantic Code and the Caravaggio's Fruit Basket. By Leonardo, you can also "Portray of a Musician).
Free entry if you have the Card Musei Milano e della Lombardia. Not far, you can also visit the San Sepolcro Church and Crypt, just nearby the exit.
Kudos to Cardinal Federico Borromeo for this amazing donation to the public.

Thank 464emanuela
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost missed this one. It’s small but filled with fantastic art in excellent condition, including a Da Vinci and. a Botticelli. But get this: unlike the Uffizi, where you share the view with two hundred other tourists, we were the only ones in the room with these masterpieces on a Saturday afternoon!

Thank 77gwgrad
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like other reviewers, I had much higher hopes for the Da Vinci Codex display. They don’t show a lot, and what they do show is not terribly enlightening as regards the man or his career.
But this beautiful museum is worth it for the building itself as well as some of the exhibits. The visitor meanders through a series of rooms and galleries that are in some cases works of art themselves, and the views to the statue-strewn courtyard are in places lovely.
The art is of course excellent, but the connoisseur will find only a smattering of true masters – Botticelli, Titian, Tiziano and Bronzino, for example – and the Raphael gallery was sadly closed when we were there on 10 November. Still, there are some interesting works, and for us one of the highlights was the stunning mosaic, which is a replica of the frontispiece of Petrarch’s Virgil, sitting below a gorgeous curved marble staircase. You just don’t see that every day.
Given that the place was relatively uncrowded on a Saturday, it may even be worth heading in there to escape the Milan throngs.

Thank scrib310
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small museum and library that is so intimate it seems you are visiting someone's home. The highlights include Leonardo DaVinci's Codex of which about 10 pages are on display at a given time, shown in a classic library setting--wood paneled with books up to the ceiling. There's also a beautiful Caravaggio, a copy of DaVinci's Last Supper that was so well done it was used by restorers when the original required work. Another of their treasures, currently under restoration, is a cartoon (detailed sketch) of The School of Athens, Rafaello's monumental work in the Vatican Museums. The Ambrosiana is in the center of the city and well worth a visit by the discerning tourist.

Thank Rosetana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For the hype, I was expecting much more of Leonardo's Codex. What was on display was very good but not enough of it and you have to go through endless religious paintings to get to the Leonardo section. Save your money. I agree with others that the book shop was the most interesting. Buy a book on the Codex instead.

Thank Lazenby L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed every minute here, spent 2 hours looking at the wonderful artworks & sculptures. The marble staircase is amazing to see.
Finished off with Leonardo da Vinci Codex Atlanticus in the library was the highlight to our visit.
Would love to return to look over again as so much to see

Thank Italy-Escape
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Was so impressed with the first visit, I wanted my wife to see the exhibit, too. We went late in the afternoon about 90 minutes before closing and walked in without waiting in line. No advance ticket. There are a fair amount of stairs. Loved the variety of the collections but the jewel is the Codex and the display of the documents. Easy walk from the Duomo area.

Thank MangoChetney
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Reviewed October 1, 2018

This is the oldest library in Europe and it has a most wonderful collection of renaissance art. It all contains Leonardo's Codice Atlantico. Less frequented than other city museums it is nonetheless worth your time.

Thank Sybaritic8888
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

The concierge in our hotel summed this up well as a beautiful small gallery well known by locals but rarely visited. It has an outstanding collection including Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio amongst others, yet is virtually empty!

Thank Rob B
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