MAS - Milano

A stone’s throw from the Castello Sforzesco, inside the nineteenth-century Palazzo Bonacossa, the Museum of Art and Science was born as the only one “ Educational museum for the detection of false antiques ” in the world.

Esterno MAS Museo

The Museum

In 1990, the founder Gottfried Matthaes left the industry to focus on a felt theme of primary importance: the ascertainment of the False in Art. In the same year he bought two floors of Palazzo Bonacossa, to give life to the MAS-Museum of Art and Science in Milan . The museum also houses the scientific laboratory “Authentic Art” specialized in spectroscopic dating .

The Museum houses the prestigious collections of Buddhist Art and African Art and an interactive path on authenticity in art and antiques. Each room deals with a fundamental theme: from painting on canvas and wood to excavated ceramics , from antiques to amber and ivory , from silver to prints and ancient books , from tapestries to carpets , explaining for each topic what are the characteristics that help to recognize the authentic object from the fake one. There are also numerous “test stations” , stations with microscopes, magnifying glasses, special lamps available for visitors to carry out practical tests. The didactics of the museum also includes a special path dedicated to children. The exhibition concludes with two rooms dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci .

MAS Museum

A story that begins in 1914 , when the family of the founder of the Museum of Art and Science, Gottfried Matthaes , originally from Dresden (a city of art which around 1900 became a center of modern European painting) founded a renowned school of painting based first in Dresden and since 1927 in Berlin. In this city, in 1930, they were entrusted, among other activities, with the task of decorating some rooms of the famous “Pergamon Museum”.


Events and News


The exhibition between design and project culture that tells the best of contemporary Chinese….

New Timetable Starting from February 1st 2021

The MAS reopens to the public from February 1st 2021! His daily schedule to….

The MAS remembers his founder, the physicist Gottfried Matthaes, on the centenary of his birth

One hundred years after the birth of the founder of the MAS, the German….

Special openings and closures

The MAS is open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm….

Leonardo da Vinci’s exhibitions will come back on April 19th

Until April 19th, Leonardo da Vinci’s exhibitions at the MAS will leave room for….

Thursday 7 March – partial opening due to a private event

Dear visitors, we would like to inform you that on Thursday 7 March 2019 from….

Happy Easter

Happy Easter from the MAS The Museum will be close from the 31th of….

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Yoga in English – Tuesday 10 October free trial class

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EXTENDED UNTIL THE 26.10 September 27 – October 19, 2017 at the MAS Bruno….

29 April and 1st May – Guided Tours

On Saturday, April 29, at 11 am an exceptional guide, Archaeologist Simone Porta, will….

Traditional Buddhist painting in contemporary Nepal – A paubha (thangka) exhibition at MAS

The MAS, with the centro di cultura Italia-Asia, will host from 23 to 28….

Happy Holidays

Dear Friends, the MAS will be open Monday to Friday from 10 to 18,….

Bill Owens – A car with a vintage

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Music at MAS: Coro Elikya – The rhythm of faith

On Thursday 22 October – 7.15 pm –  At the conclusion of the festival….