Ambrosiana Library

Local namePinacoteca Ambrosiana
LocationMilan, Italy

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana is a historic library in Milan, Italy, also housing the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, the Ambrosian art gallery. Named after Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan, it was founded in 1609 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, whose agents scoured Western Europe and even Greece and Syria for books and manuscripts. Some major acquisitions of complete libraries were the manuscripts of the Benedictine monastery of Bobbio and the library of the Paduan Vincenzo Pinelli, whose more than 800 manuscripts filled 70 cases when they were sent to Milan and included the famous Iliad, the Ilias Picta.

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (with a lunch break)

Public holidays, Dec 7, Dec 24 - Jan 6, Holy Thursday - Sunday after Easter, July 22 - Aug 23: closed

Picture Gallery:
Tue - Sun: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (with a lunch break)
Last entry: 5:30 p.m.
Easter Monday: open

Jan 1, Easter Day (Sunday), Dec 25: closed


Full: €15
Reduced (children under 18, seniors 65+): €10

Ticket allows entrance to both the library and the art gallery.

More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +3902806921

Address Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milano, IT

Coordinates 45°27'49.104" N 9°11'9.626" E

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