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Museo Del Design 1880-1980, Milan
(1.9/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
After the success of its preview during Milan Design Week in collaboration with Borsa Italiana, Museo del Design 1880-1980 is now opening its door once again in the new location of Via Borsi 9 conveniently situated between the metro stations of Porta Genova and Romolo in the Navigli District of Milan.

The museum was originally founded in Ravenna in 1988 by Raffaello Biagetti and co-curated by Giovanni Klaus Koenig, Filippo Alison and Giuseppe Chigiotti with the clear goal of telling the story of the birth and evolution of one of the most important cultural and social phenomena of the last century: Design.

MUSEO DEL DESIGN 1880-1980 aims to represent the most crucial moments of the evolution of Italian and International industrial product design, highlighting nuances and contrasts through the different experiences that have generated contemporary design. The collection, was put together and curated with the clear aim of creating a sound didactic tool to teach the history and development of the sector and to guide the visitor on an imaginary voyage through the evolution of creativity applied to objects. The efforts of the founder and co-curators were strengthened by the help and vision of great names such as Dino Gavina, Ettore Sottsass, Ignazio Gardella and many other authors, who contributed to the realization of a “theatrical museum” where every stage is a scene, a chapter in a book, able to generate a consistent and unbiased vision, chronological and accurate in its references to the most important protagonists of world design.

Now, thanks to the vision of Musei Italiani, this collection has been brought to Milan for the duration of EXPO 2015 so that the greater public, both Italian and International can appreciate and learn from this unique museum experience.
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  • The Museum is an exhibition of chairs of the 20th century. Very small and uncluttered. If you're in the area, one in May. Extra travel not worth it.
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  • If you pass the building and see the way it is advertised you expect a museum where you can actually spend time while getting to know some more detailed information about the different objects. Well, ...  more »
  • I was not in the least convinced. The view seemed lackluster, just chairs, armchairs and tables. Will be significant elements of design history, I am not arguing, but full-time is quite a steal. Three stars because I don't know anything about design, then I would suggest to those who were in my situation do not go there. I unfortunately have been compelled by the flood that was striking Milan ...
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  • They have amazing objects, but I think that 10€ is too steep for what you get. I actually paid 8€, no idea why, but there was a discount on a Friday. Still 5€ would be a fair price for what you get. Not a lot of information about the objects, just about the movements and periods in time.
  • this is not really a museum. don't expect anything more than a room with a collection of design chairs (many of which you will have seen before and are not that rare), not all is great shape either. would be a nice visit if it'd just be open to the public, celebrating design, but instead the 10 euro fee leaves you unstatisfied and disappointed.
  • I am passionate about design and this place is like the design Hall of Fame! I found the exhibition extremely moving - you can really feel the historical importance of the pieces and imagine the lives lived around them. Near the metro in the canal district so good for an after-museum drink or nibble. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Assortment of some of the furniture that they changed the conception of living worldwide from Thonet to Murphy
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  • Almost non-existent collection yet stated on 6 floors on their site while it is composed from a room off the furniture fair. € 10 per person for a Museum without interest, a scam.
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