Museo Mangini Bonomi

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Museo Mangini Bonomi

Museo Mangini Bonomi
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While an extra museum is always an exciting development ... the Museo Mangini Bonomi is an acquired taste
Oct. 2019
Located in a lovely cobbled street in the very centre of Milan, just round the corner from Piazza San Sepolcro, this museum (admission free) in a handsome period townhouse is more than adequately highlighted, which is always a plus. Visiting hours for the museum (basement and first floor, elevator access) are limited to guided tours, and reservations are essential. Once a month, the owners' apartment, on the second and third floors, is open to view (again, reservations only). I happened along on a Thursday when the museum is open from 3pm to 4pm, and asked if I might have a quick visit. The staff was very welcoming and I was shown the museum. To be honest, although I love museums of "things", such as the V&A in London and the Bargello and the Museo Bardini (both in Florence), and the idea of a museum of "how people lived in the past" was intriguing, this display of artefacts was less than compelling. Too many things. Indeed, as the site explains, the collection has been classified into no fewer than forty-one (41!) categories. From rocking horses, to armour, to birthing chairs and pony-traps. More than enough for several visits. Few captions, so I trust the guides provide the detailed information needed. I am glad I saw this museum, and I thank the staff again for arranging my impromptu visit. Even if the website's English is pretty rocky (although not much worse than most Italian museum websites), the site is beautifully executed and gives a very clear picture of what to expect. Recommended for anyone having an in-depth interest in very specific domestic, household, and professional items, some obsolete and some still in everyday use. Definitely an acquired taste.

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Neighbourhood: Centro Storico
The pulsating core of Milan is in Centro. Duomo Square is enclosed by the gothic cathedral, the historic icon of Milan. However, shopping is what draws most crowds to this area. The classy and versatile Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II with luxury boutiques and high quality restaurants will turn any shopping or lunch expedition into a royal experience. Head to the rooftop of the flagship La Rinascente to enjoy the view of the animated square with a panorama of the Duomo. The Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is the street for high-end shopping. Brands of all kinds and street artists attract the attention of all visitors; while at Via Santa Radegonda 16, Luini Panzerotti is a much appreciated street food shop providing unimaginable culinary experiences. If shopping takes its toll on you, consider visiting Castello Sforzesco, a 15th century castle housing several museums. Those looking to relax can go to Parco Sempione, where nature provides respite from the energy of this dynamic and international city.
How to get there
  • Cordusio • 4 min walk
  • Duomo • 4 min walk

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While an extra museum is always an exciting development ... the Museo Mangini Bonomi is an acquired taste
Oct. 2019
Located in a lovely cobbled street in the very centre of Milan, just round the corner from Piazza San Sepolcro, this museum (admission free) in a handsome period townhouse is more than adequately highlighted, which is always a plus.

Visiting hours for the museum (basement and first floor, elevator access) are limited to guided tours, and reservations are essential. Once a month, the owners' apartment, on the second and third floors, is open to view (again, reservations only).

I happened along on a Thursday when the museum is open from 3pm to 4pm, and asked if I might have a quick visit. The staff was very welcoming and I was shown the museum.

To be honest, although I love museums of "things", such as the V&A in London and the Bargello and the Museo Bardini (both in Florence), and the idea of a museum of "how people lived in the past" was intriguing, this display of artefacts was less than compelling. Too many things. Indeed, as the site explains, the collection has been classified into no fewer than forty-one (41!) categories. From rocking horses, to armour, to birthing chairs and pony-traps. More than enough for several visits. Few captions, so I trust the guides provide the detailed information needed.

I am glad I saw this museum, and I thank the staff again for arranging my impromptu visit. Even if the website's English is pretty rocky (although not much worse than most Italian museum websites), the site is beautifully executed and gives a very clear picture of what to expect.

Recommended for anyone having an in-depth interest in very specific domestic, household, and professional items, some obsolete and some still in everyday use. Definitely an acquired taste.
Written October 19, 2019
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