Astronomical Museum - Historical Outline

The Astronomical Observatory of Brera, whose offices are inside the ancient Palazzo Brera, is in the heart of Milan and is the oldest institute of scientific research of the city. It was built from 1764 according to a plan of Ruggero Giuseppe Boscovich (1711-1787), a Jesuit priest who was interested in mathematics, astronomy, optics, engineering, and geodesy.

Barnaba Oriani (1752-1832), Francesco Carlini (1783-1862), Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli (1835-1910), Giovanni Celoria (1842-1920) are some among the most known astronomers who worked in this Observatory.


Monday to Friday 9am - 4:30pm

The Exhibition The Library and entrance

Thanks to Schiaparelli's efforts, the director from 1862 to 1900, it was possible to preserve the huge historical heritage of the Observatory: an Ancient Library, a Historical Archive, and a Collection of Scientific Instruments. One can add to them all the original infrastructures such as, for example, the Domes such the one where Schiaparelli made his very known observations of the canals of Mars.

Besides important works of restoration and reorganisation of the infrastructures of the Institute, a detailed work of cataloguing and filing of the whole heritage of the Observatory started since some years.
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