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“Pre-war life for the rich Milenese”

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
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Historical and Precious Leathers Guided Tour in Milan
Ranked #27 of 807 things to do in Milan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
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“Pre-war life for the rich Milenese”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

This museum is interesting as a look at the way many rich Milanese families lived before the war. Much of Milan was flattened by bombs in the war and of the 150 palazzi before the war only 44 remain today.

It was built by 2 brothers, who were immensely rich, using much recycled material from churches and in a renaissance style. The furniture, some from 15th & 16th centuries, is in amazing condition and it is hard to believe that the family lived there until the 1980s. However even when originally built in the 19th century they did have the luxury of bathrooms with a fitted bath and shower, although not in a style we would recognise today.

Only one floor of the house is the museum the remainder is rented out to shops and businesses, which is a shame but it does give an impression of how they lived.

There is small room with family photos and possessions which is worth looking at to see how Victorian Milanese families lived. This is definitely worth some time.

There was no audio guide but there are plenty of room notes in English (as well as other European languages) and the curator who spoke excellent English was more than willing to answer any questions and talk about his passion for the house.

Visited March 2013
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Stuttgart, Germany
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“Private Palace”
Reviewed 14 January 2013

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".

Visited November 2012
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“Great museum”
Reviewed 9 October 2012

I was able to enter this musuem for free, because of the Musei Aperti 2012, courtesy of Rotary Club Milano, but i would have gladly paid the entrance fee after seeing the artwork in the collection...i underestimated the size of the house, knowing i could easily spend a whole day to appreciate everything fully...i specially liked the unique ceilings of each room :)
of the 6 museums included in the Musei Aperti 2012, this was the most organized, with each room numbered, so you would know where you're supposed to go next or if you got lost from looking up so much & skipped a room :p

Visited September 2012
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“A magic hidden place in Milano”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

Milano does not like to show off his treasures.... does not need to do it and it is not in his style. Paying a visit to MIlano do not miss this historic house museum and the collections of paintings, furnishingsweapons and armour kept inside this fantastic house

Visited September 2011
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Milan, Italy
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“Unusual and charming”
Reviewed 14 July 2012

Quite a unique, privately owned museum which used to be the home of an aristocratic Milanese family until the 1950s and has conserved most of its original appearance. Expect no masterpieces as in the Brera gallery, but a marvellously eclectic collection of high quality objects of the most diverse origins - from medieval arms to baroque children's toys. And if you are lucky, you meet the granddaughter of the last Count Bagatti Valsecchi...

Visited July 2012
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