Museo delle Culture, Milano
HistoryIn line with constant efforts on the part of the municipal authorities to preserve the memory of the economic and social processes that have shaped the city’s identity, the Milan City Council took steps in 1990 to buy the old Ansaldo industrial plant at Porta Genova and use it for cultural services. The disused factories, authentic monuments of industrial archaeology, have been converted into studios, workshops and new creative spaces.
ArchitectureBorn out of a salvage operation of industrial archaeology on the site of the old Ansaldo factory in the Tortona area, the Mudec is a meeting place for cultures and communities. The complex comprises different spaces to offer visitors and the city a whole range of cultural events and facilities spread out over an area of 17,000 square metres. The display area is laid out around a large, covered central plaza on the first floor, which hosts the section of the museum with the works of the permanent collection and the rooms used for major exhibitions as well as the auditorium, a theatre with three hundred seats devoted to performances and the visual arts.
PHOTO @Christian Richters
World CityThe Museum of Cultures aims to be a center in constant dialogue with the international communities present in Milan, capable of intercepting the plurality of the city's cultures and restoring its complexity between scientific research, historical testimony and interpretation of current events. In 2011, the Municipal Administration, with the participation of numerous associations and representatives of international communities, launched a process of confrontation and exchange between different cultures, integral and dynamic parts of contemporary and plural Milan: World Cities.
Networks and Cultural Cooperation Office
Modern and Contemporary Art Polo Area
Culture Directorate - Municipality of Milan
Piazza Duomo, 12 - 20121 Milan
Tel. +39 02.884. / 62366/46692/63633
With a patrimony of over 4000 works and bibliographic funds, the Library of the Museum of Cultures represents a point of reference for research in the ethno-anthropological and history of non-European arts in continuous development thanks to bibliographic acquisitions and donations.
The Library of the Museum of Cultures has recently acquired numerous private donations, which have greatly enriched the book heritage. Among these, the most important are: the Aldo Lo Curto donation, consisting of more than 600 elements including books and multimedia material; the Segre donation, of which there are more than 100 works; the Sauro Baldi donation with about 1000 texts, mostly on the civilizations of Latin America; the Ricci donation (through intermediation of the Amici Sala delle Asse Association) with more than 100 books that mainly embraces geographical areas of India, China and Japan.
The museum's book heritage is constantly growing and updated with the most recent international publications.
Library of the Mudec
Address: via Tortona, 56 - 20144 Milan
The entrance to the library is located in the lobby to the right of the ticket office
Telephone: 02 88466945
From Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 13.30 by appointment
From Tuesday to Friday from 13.30 to 17.30 free admission
The library is present in the OPAC of the LOMBARDY REGION
Biblioteche Regione Lombardia
Through the advanced search it is possible to select the Library of the Museum of Cultures and search for available volumes.
Services: consultation, reproduction
Reference service (request appointment by email)
In order to guarantee a better service, before going to the office it is recommended to book the volumes by email indicating the title and signature
THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS FROM 8/8/2020 until 23/8/2020.
Services will resume regularly from August 24th, as specified below:
COVID - 19 EMERGENCY
From June 29th, 2020 until September 5th, 2020 in compliance with the provisions of the Government, access to the Library is allowed every Friday only by appointment to be requested by email indicating the required volumes.
To access the consultation, users must be equipped with personal protective equipment (mask).
The Library provides the user with a pair of disposable latex or vinyl gloves, to be worn after sanitizing the hands.
In order to limit the presence of users, during this period it is possible to request by email the scanning and sending of articles or other material within the limits allowed by the legislation in force. span>
The Museum of Cultures of Milan is a center dedicated to the interdisciplinary research on the world cultures. Taking inspirations from the civic ethnographic collections and in partnership with our communities, we intend to create a place where to dialogue on contemporary themes by the medium of visual, performing and sound art, design and costume.
Fundamental aims of the museum are
> the research, the collection and the preservation of non European cultures, in their material and intangible expressions
GovernanceThe MUDEC presents an innovative form of governance with a partnership between the public and private sectors involving the Milan City Council and 24 ORE Cultura – Gruppo 24 Ore. Developed through a selection procedure of public transparency, this partnership constitutes an important and pioneering structure capable of respecting the identity of the cultural system and meeting the needs of efficiency and sustainability at the same time. The Milan City Council is responsible for the management, preservation and promotion of the cultural assets as well as supervision of the activities of the Forum of Cultures, while 24 ORE Cultura handles the organization of major exhibitions and additional services.
Mayor of Milan
Councillor for Culture
Filippo del Corno
Director of Culture
Marco Edoardo Minoja
Museo delle Culture
Anna Maria Montaldo
Networks and Cultural Cooperation Office
Comune di Milano
Common areas Furnishing
Gruppo 24 ORE
IL SOLE 24 ORE S.p.A.
24 ORE CULTURA S.r.l.
MUDEC and Education Manager
Head of Development Office and International Relations
Editorial Office and Bookshop
Iconographic coordination and Libreria Italia
Gian Marco Sivieri
Marketing and events
Communication, Promotion and Social Media
Head of Technical
and Graphics Department
Press Office Gruppo 24 ORE
Ticket 24 ORE