Without a doubt, the Scala in Milan is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. While I might not be the right person to attend a full opera show, I was really happy that I had the chance to look behind the scenes of this legendary place in November 2021. Here are my thoughts about the Scala Museum (full Italian name: Teatro alla Scala Museum), which is located right inside the same building.
Scala Museum Milan – Location & Admission
The Scala in Milan is located very centrally. Milan Cathedral is just a short walk away – in fact you just stroll through the world famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade from there and reach the opera building. There is a Teatro alla Scala tram stop (line 1), but you will likely head for the metro, either Cordusio or Duomo stop, when you want to head to the museum by public transport.
The museum is opening daily except on Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00 hrs. The museum tour includes a look inside the theatre from the third-level boxes – but they may limit this access in case of rehearsals or shows. At the time of our visit, you had to pre-book a time slot. There are also guided tours with a wider view of the famous stage, but they are not available during the pandemic. The museum ticket is 9 Euro for adults (fast track open day tickets are 12 Euro).
Scala Museum Milan – The Visit
From street level, you walked up the stairs to the museum. Quite frequently, people approached us on the one-way route through the exhibition. We could not really reconcile it, as the route was quite clear to us. The exhibition is majorly in Italian, but there is a museum app which also offers documentation in other languages. Honestly, I was not too well prepared what the museum got in display – the more I liked the exhibition. The individual rooms of the Scala Museum are maybe not too large, but there are packed with busts, memorabilia and also pictures and paintings of famous opera singers, who performed in this place.
A sub-section of the museum was dedicated to the famous Italian director Giorgio Strehler, who had arranged several performances in the Scala. This might not sound too thrilling at first sight, but apart from recordings of some of the operas, the museum displayed a bunch of original costumes and items worn on stage – which I felt to be really interesting. After that, you headed back into the rich exhibitions and displays of the ordinary part of the museum.
Getting Inside the Scala Theater
After having passed so many great items, you finally stepped into the theater and first of all could explore the structure of it. A tablet helped with augmented reality functions – the traditional place felt actually quite modern. Of course it was exciting to walk through the lobby. Finally, we could even have a look inside the impressive theater from very high. Despite you are so far away from stage and the light is set in a way that you cannot do good photos from above, it is still a breathtaking experience before you leave the building. Our approximate visiting time was 45 to 50 minutes. If you are an opera buff and have closer mental relations to all the actors, you will easily enjoy two hours in that place.
Scala Museum Milan – Services
Next to the museum entrance is the ticket center, where you can buy the best possible souvenir of the Milan Scala: an admission. The place also offers some material memories to take home.
Scala Museum Milan – My View
I love music, but I am not at all into opera. Nonetheless, visiting the Scala Museum and having the opportunity to have a look into this world-famous theater was a breathtaking experience. The museum is driven with a lot of love to the music performed there – but also to the people you perform it. Thus, it is a great experience to visit the museum. I felt tempted to go for an admission to a show next time during my visit.
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