The house and the combined museum created by the Milanese collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli are known throughout the world. Poldi Pezzoli was born in Milan in 1822. His father Giuseppe inherited great wealth he is from his father's family, the Poldi Parma, both from that of the mother, of Alberton Pezzoli of Bergamo. Rosa Trivulzio, his mother, belonged to one of the oldest families in Milan with a long tradition of collecting, for which Gian Giacomo soon developed a passion. He started to build his extraordinary art collection in the 40 century, not only paintings (including masterpieces by Pollaiolo, Botticelli, Bellini, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca, Tiepolo and Guardi) but also sculptures and important objects decorative arts, armor and weapons, glassware, ceramics, jewelry, solar and mechanical clocks, carpets and furniture. At the same time, Poldi Pezzoli took his money and his energy to renovate his apartment in the style of the time, calling the purpose of the greatest artists and decorators. This was the enterprise of a lifetime, which ended in 1879 with the sudden death of the collector. The museum was opened to the public in 1881 according to his wishes. It is one of the first Italian art foundations and still retains all the interest and atmosphere of a house and a combined museum, despite the damage sustained during the Second World War. In addition to the charming historic rooms in period style, you can admire those recently redesigned for display purposes, or the armory designed by the artist Arnaldo Pomodoro (2000), the Gold Room (2006) and the Collector room. The strong ties that have always existed between the museum and the collectors are proven by a series of major donations over the years, including solar and mechanical watches, lace and embroidery, drawings and paintings, porcelain and netsuke. The museum organizes exhibitions, lectures, courses, concerts with musical instruments and activities for schools and families. The publicly available aids include catalogs, educational publications, free audio guides for adults and children and a museum shop. The Museo Poldi Pezzoli is on facebook and files can be downloaded from for smartphones.

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Via Manzoni, 12
20121 Milano


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