Ambrosiana

Hidden Treasures

For conservation reasons, the oldest and most precious volumes in the Library and the most fragile works of art in the Gallery are kept and protected in specific areas and are therefore normally invisible to the public. On extremely exclusive occasions, it is possible to organize special and reserved visits to the most hidden places and works that the Ambrosiana
holds

• Manuscripts viewing
• Access to the vault, sala del tesoro

MANUSCRIPT VIEWING
In addition to the wonderful museum itineraries proposed, there is the possibility of showing to guests some ancient
manuscripts of the Library funds, normally not accessible to the general public. The viewing of the manuscripts is possible subject to authorization and availability by the College of Fellows of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Private viewing of the manuscripts is held in the following rooms: Room XXIII of the Pinacoteca; for a maximum of 30 participants Sala della Rosa, in the Library; for a maximum of 15 participants

ACCESS TO THE VAULT, SALA DEL TESORO
The Biblioteca Ambrosiana houses more than a million printed volumes and tens of thousands ofmanuscripts, drawings and engravings. Among its funds we find works and authors who have made the history of Western culture, from Galileo to Petrarch, from Plautus to Pacioli, from Rubens to Dürer, from Piero della Francesca to Boccaccio, from Macchiavelli to Cesare Beccaria. But also works that tell us the history, art and culture of peoples and areas of the world far away from us: Hebrew, Arab, Armenian, Chinese
and Indian manuscripts, and again: nautical charts, papyri, incunabula, sixteenth-century books, etc… The most precious and fragile manuscripts are kept in special places, where temperature and humidity are controlled and where therefore the human presence must be monitored. Precisely in these spaces, among the most secret of the entire structure, it is possible to host some guests on rare occasions (maximum 4 people, no more than 4 times a year), to give them an absolutely exceptional experience.

WHAT’S ON

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

Pinacoteca

THE MIDDLE AGES IN MANUSCRIPT BOOKS

An itinerary through the treasures of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana curated by Federico Gallo and Stefano Martinelli Tempesta - Pinacoteca, rooms 2 and 3

25/04/2024-23/07/2024
Exhibition
MOLESKINE DETOUR

Pinacoteca

MOLESKINE DETOUR

From April 15, on the occasion of Design Week, the rooms of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana will host 'Moleskine Detour', an international exhibition promoted by Moleskine and the Moleskine Foundation.

15/04/2024-09/07/2024
Exhibition
Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Ambrosiana

Restoration works for the recovery of the historic balconies of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Recovery of the functionality of the balconies of the Sala Federiciana, Borromeo and della Rosa through the installation of lifelines

01/03/2024
NEWS
Notice for the users of the Reading Room

Biblioteca

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Ambrosiana

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

Guided tour of the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, together with professional guides of our official partner AdArtem

01/04/2023-30/06/2024