Milano’s Very Own Comic Museum

In a country with a rich history in the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture) and in a city which is especially focused on modern visual art forms such as fashion, design and publishing, it’s no wonder Milano is also the home to a long history of another visual art – that of comics.

The brand-new comic museum is in a cool location, very visible from the street (see picture on the right!), using the old Motta factory which used to make sweets. And with a great name like Wow Spazio Fumetto, how could any comic fan pass up the opportunity to learn about the history of Italian comics?

It all started in 1908 with the publication of Corriere dei Piccoli, Italy’s first newspaper-like comic for children. Gradually other comics were added to the group of works published in Milano, such as Topolino (Mickey Mouse!), Tex Willer, Diabolik, Lupo Alberto and Dylan Dog.

Managed by the Franco Fossati Foundation (sporting the name of an important Italian cartoonist), the museum also focuses on Italian cartoons, comic strips and illustration. So, whenever you’re in the mood for a look at childhood story-telling, or just to see some creative Italian writing and drawing, you know where to go!

Wow Spazio Fumetto
Viale Campania 12 (near Città Studi)
Tel. 039.2915041
Open: Tues-Fri 3-7pm; Sat-Sun 3-8pm
Admission: free

Visit to the Kartell Museum

Kartellmuseo first opened in 1999 to commemorate 100 years of the factory and 50 years of the brand-name. The museum, located just 20 kilometers south of Milano, has recently been renovated and is new and improved and open to the public.

The over 1,000 pieces are organized into the four categories of events, design, technology and communication, and all five decades of the plastics brand are represented. Furniture, lighting, car accessories and lab items are included, along with drawings, photographs, prints and catalogues. Visitors can also see design prototypes and multibrand items, and learn about the designers behind the products.

To get to the museum, you’ll need to get off at the Famagosta subway stop (Green line) and take a 20-minute bus towards Pavia to the Binasco stop. After your visit, be sure to stop by the gift shop to see their T-shirts and check out any of the latest Kartell products on sale!

Kartell Museum
Via delle Industrie 3, Noviglio (MI)
Tel. 02.90012269
Open: Tuesday-Friday 2-6pm
Admission: Free