Museo Teatrale alla Scala
Inaugurated in 1913, this museum is a
very crowded place: lots of objects packed into just a few rooms.
It is a genuine place of worship for opera lovers; beside
busts and portraits of Italian and foreign musicians and singers
from the 19th century to the present day, you will find masks,
costumes, scores, autographed letters and drawings of stage sets.
Giuseppe Verdi is, of course, the museum's highlight.
This museum too originated from private collections and is still
now a private institution. It is well known abroad, since its
material is often exhibited in foreign countries; it also organizes
a series of temporary exhibitions.
Besides its exhibits, the Museo Teatrale is of particular interest
to scholars of the history of opera and entertainment. The library
of the museum is endowed with more than 45,000 volumes collected
by playwright and theater critic, Renato Simoni.
Moreover, a collection of antique musical instruments belonging
to the Museo Teatrale and housed in the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti
can be visited with the same ticket.
Be warned that the Museo Teatrale will likely relocate
during the period (probably 2002-2004) in which the Scala Theater
is under restructuring. The new location is unknown at this time.
(inside La Scala)
9AM - 12 noon and 2 - 5PM
closed Sunday from November to April
tel. 02 8053418