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.Download Download See more
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
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
Reduced (children under 18, seniors 65+): €10
Ticket allows entrance to both the library and the art gallery.
Official Website http://www.ambrosiana.eu/
Address Piazza Pio XI 2, 20123 Milano, IT
Coordinates 45°27'49.104" N 9°11'9.626" E