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The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Gallery Milan

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Gallery Milan

Update information to visit one of the most important attractions of Milan, the Ambrosiana Gallery

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Ambrosiana Gallery, is an ecclesiastical institution comprising a public library, an art gallery and an academy of studies, founded in 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, located in the centre of Milan inside the Ambrosiana Palace. Federico Borromeo, cardinal and archbishop of Milan, during his stays in Rome between 1585 and 1595 and from 1597 to 1601, developed the idea of ​​a cultural institution of high artistic, literary and scientific level, “for a universal service” to the glory of God and for the integral promotion of humanistic values. Returning to Milan, he sent emissaries to collect manuscripts, books and printed materials from all over the world and worked on the construction of the Ambrosiana Library, entrusting them to Lelio Buzzi and Francesco Maria Richini in 1603, and in 1611 to Fabio Mangone, who added to the building of the Library also other two salons for the Academy and Art Collections. The Ambrosiana Library was built in the area of ​​the ancient Roman forum of Mediolanum, some fragments of the ancient floor are still visible today.



  • The Codex Atlanticus by Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus, preserved in the Sala Federiciana of the Ambrosiana Library since 1637, is the largest collection of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci in the world. The Atlantic Codex consists of 1119 sheets from a period ranging from 1478 to 1519, containing various topics such as sketches and preparatory drawings for paintings, mathematics, optics and astronomy research, philosophical meditations but also curious war machine projects, hydraulic pumps and parachutes.


  • Ambrosiana Art Gallery: which hosts paintings from the Renaissance period, but also from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, works by great artists such as Giandomenico Tiepolo and Francesco Londonio and paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as the paintings by Francesco Hayez.


  • The Raphael’s Cartoon: the famous cartoon by Raphael depicting the grandiose work “The School of Athens”. This is the largest Renaissance cartoon surviving to this day, made by Raphael as a preparatory work for the Stanza delle Segnatura located in the Vatican.



The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, located in Piazza Pio XI, a few steps from Piazza Duomo, can be reached by:

Underground: M1 line, Cordusio or Duomo stops; M3 line, Duomo stop

Surface Transport: Tram 12-14-16, Orefici/Cantù stop; Tram 2-3, Duomo stop

Remember! To access  Milan Public Transport network, remember to buy the ticket that best suits your need, you can find all the tickets at your disposal clicking here.

Milan Travel Card: It is possible to purchase the Milan Travel Card to have free access to public transportation, and discounts in many museums and attraction in Milan, like the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana , at the price of 10,50 € (for 24h), 17 € (for 48h) and 19 € (for 72h), click here for more information about.



  • Timetables

Ambrosiana Library: From Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00

Ambrosian Art Gallery: from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 to 17:00


  • Tickets

Full Ticket: 15 €

Reduced Ticket: 10 €


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