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What is the role of the Polo Museale della Lombardia? How is it organized and which museums does it manage?


The Lombardy Museum Pole is a regional department of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (Mibac).

Its task is to coordinate state-owned places of culture in Lombardy, delivering public services for the use and enhancement of museums, monuments and archaeological areas, guaranteeing uniform levels of quality.

In cooperation with the regional and local Superintendencies and local authorities it promotes the extension of museum collections, the organisation of temporary exhibitions and cataloguing activities, studies and restorations, as well as the communication and enhancement of the regional cultural heritage.

Defining common strategies and objectives, cooperation is fostered with other regional cultural institutes, creating cultural and tourist routes and promoting educational and technological innovation.

It works to foster the active participation of users and full accessibility to the museums housing Lombardy’s archaeological, artistic and historical heritage.


What does the Museum Complex do

  • 01 It leads and coordinates state museums belonging to the region

    It organizes the activities of managing, enhancing, communicating and promoting the regional museum system, in strict contact with the coordinating museum directors.

  • 02 It enhances the cultural heritage

    It sets common valuation strategies and goals for the widest use of cultural heritage and the creation of integrated museum services.

  • 03 It assures high quality service standards

    It assures high quality standards for museums of its own competence with regards to management and communication as well as educational and technological innovation.

  • 04 It concludes agreements to enhance landscape assets

    It collaborates with the State and the local authorities for the definition of cultural territorial programs and strategic plans for cultural development.

  • 05 It promotes cultural itineraries

    It works with local authorities and institutions to integrate routes and services in tourist-cultural itineraries.

  • 06 It encourages active participation

    It promotes and manages awareness-raising projects and public fundraising campaigns to support cultural heritage.


Stefano L’Occaso

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Stefano L’Occaso (Rome, 1975) graduated with honours in History of Art at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome (1997), specialising in History of Art at the University of Florence, with full marks (2000) and a PhD in History of Visual Arts from the University of Milan (2009). Not only an art historian, his studies and activities include work as a restorer of frescoes and mosaics, sculptor and mosaicist. He is a scholar from the Academia Nazionale Virgiliano.


Winning a national competition, in 2000 he started to work at the Superintendence of Artistic and Historical Heritage in Mantua, firstly as History of Art expert and from 2006 as History of Art Director. In 2015 he took over the management of the Lombardy Museum Pole.


He has curated several exhibitions in Italy and abroad and over a hundred publications, including monographs, essays, articles covering topics from Antiquity to the 19th century. He has also participated in many international conferences, focusing particularly on Renaissance topics, between Rome and Mantua. He is a member of several scientific committees and boards of directors.

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Human Resources Office

Coordinates management of personnel in the Office and in the Museums that are part of the Hub, together with most matters relating to it, in collaboration with individual Museum directors and with the Director of the Museum Hub.

Legal Office

Manages legal affairs, including appeals and disputes. This unit is managed directly by the Administrative Director, in close cooperation with the director of the Hub.

Management Secretariat

Acts as a secretariat for the director of the Hub.

Accounting Office

Manages accounting and payments linked to the Hub’s spending commitments, respecting the maximum legal payment times established. The unit collaborates directly with the Director of the Hub and with the pertinent delegated functionaries.

Museum Direction Secretariat

The Secretariat of Museum Directors collaborates with all the directors of the Museums and with the Director of the Hub in accepting requests received from the Hub and defining the answers. Ensures coordination among the units, also with reference to valorisation agreements.

Consignee Office and Purchasing Office

Makes purchases – using the channels established by law (the MEPA, first of all) – of all necessary supplies to the Hub and the Museums it manages. It also provides for the subsequent inventory of assets and related follow-up, in collaboration with the administrative director, the directors of the Museums and the director of the Hub.

Valorisation and Communication Office

Coordinates every public initiative of the Hub and promotes awareness of the numerous activities carried out by the Institute, also acting as a press office. It also sets up activities for the enhancement of museums, through initiatives and projects and also museum education activities, partly carried out by staff from Museums and the Office.

Graphic Office

Collaborates with the Valorisation and Communication office in giving a single graphic look to every initiative and in promoting forms of communication directed to the widest audience

Technical Office

Manages the functioning of the museum structures, proposes routine and extraordinary maintenance, and drafts complex updating, restoration and fit-up projects, plus re-functionalisation of the structures themselves.

Procurement Office

Coordinates the preparatory activities for each call for tenders and handles the publication of each single tender, including every administrative cost and task, up to the signing of the contract.

Office for Institutional Visits and opening of the Cenacolo Vinciano

Coordinates and manages institutional visits to the Da Vinci Last Supper in Milan and special evening openings of the Museum, in collaboration with the museum director and the director of the Hub



The beauty of the Lombardy territory, drawn by lakes, parks and mountains, blends with the history preserved in the cities of art and UNESCO sites.


Through the museums in the Pole, Lombardy tells its tale as a land rich in exemplary human experience, also in contrast to the cliché of the region as an avant-garde production system, but also a place in which the landscape and cultural values are spoiled by cumbersome testimonials of the present. The sites in the Pole show a completely different picture. The rice fields surrounding the Certosa in Pavia, in the fragrant peace of the Lomellina plains; the enchanted woods of the Val Camonica, where light caresses the rocks, here Mother Earth is naked, revealing the minute plot of the engravings, the incunabulum of man’s artistic expression; the majestic splendour of the museums in Sirmione, the strip of land that cuts through the Benaco, telling of the extraordinary relationship mankind has created between art and nature. The domination of archaeological sites and the unique prehistoric and protohistoric heritage have no equals in Italy. Val Camonica is currently the largest and most important European district of prehistoric rock art, but there are also fundamental examples of the classic culture – the Grottoes of Catullus in Sirmione, the remains of the most important Roman villa in northern Italy – and the Renaissance period: In the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci painted the Last Supper – a masterpiece that is as precious as it is fragile – which is the cornerstone of Italian history of figurative painting.

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