Archeological Museum and Church of St Maurizio

Archeological Museum and Church of St Maurizio

The Archeological Museum in Milan is an inspiring place for anyone interested in archeology and history. Here, you can see the only two towers in the city from the Roman period and in general the best preserved remains of the Ancient Rome. Right next to the Archeological Museum in Milan there is a beautiful Church Of St Maurizio.

There is a lot to be seen in the Archeological Museum. Apart from the vast number of artifacts exhibited on three floors of the museum, there are two towers from the Ancient Roman period in the yard of the museum. It is also important to mention that Church of St Maurizio is right next to the museum- a church with beautiful frescoes.

The Archeological Museum
The museum is situated in the former convent of San Maurizio Maggiore Monastery which was founded in the 8th century. The complex where the museum is located nowadays, was occupied by a residential building from the 1st BC, the city walls and the Great Roman Circus which was next to the Imperial palace. There are substantial remains of these buildings, particularly the two towers, one of them 14m high, which were a part of The Roman Circus and afterwards incorporated into the Maggiore Monastery.
The collection is divided according to the themes that the artifacts belong to and displayed in different rooms in the museum.
On the ground floor you can find the section dedicated to the Ancient Milan, on the first floor the section dedicated to the Medieval period, on the second the Etruscan section, and finally the third floor is dedicated to the Greek culture.

The Church of St Maurizio
Right next to the Archeological Museum in Milan there is a beautiful Church Of St Maurizio. The Church Of St Maurizio was a part of the great Monastery Maggiore, the oldest and the largest female convent in Milan, built between the 8th and the 9th century. The Church is divided by the partition wall. You can access the first part from the street – this part was reserved for the believers who wanted to hear the mess and pray. The second part of the church was reserved only for the nuns who sang in the choir. They could never see the audience on the other side, because of the rules of the Monastery. The internal surfaces retain one of the most significant frescoes of Lombardy - among the most important ones are the works of Bernardino Luini (the Italian painter (1481-1532) – was a member of the Lombard Renaissance school also known as “the Leonardo’s group”).

Ticket prices for the Archeological Museum in Milan
The Archeological Museum
Regular ticket price is: 5 Euros (€).
Reduced ticket price is: 3 Euros (€).
Free entrance: every day an hour before closing, every Tuesday after 14h, individuals under 18 years old, disabled individuals and their companions.
Reduced price: senior citizens over 65 years old.
The Church of St Maurizio
The entrance is FREE of charge.

Working hours of the Archeological Museum in Milan
From Tuesday to Sunday working hours are: 9:00-17:30h.
Closed: all Mondays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.