Florence is one of Italy’s best-known destinations for museums. The city is absolutely flooded with art, culture, and history that is neatly on display. If you love visiting museums, and you’re planning a trip to Florence, you might want a little guidance. Whether you’re traveling with children who need some entertainment or with a friend who loves history, you’ll find a museum in Florence that meets your needs.There’s a lot to see and you don’t want to miss some of the city’s best. So, here is a guide to the best museums in Florence so you don’t miss a thing.

Galleria dell’Accademia

This is one of the most visited galleries in both the world and Florence. It’s the site of Michelangelo’s David, as well as other sculptures and paintings by the artist. The museum is home to a large collection of paintings from other artists hailing from Florence. Most of these were created from the time period between 1300 and 1600. Works from artists such as Andrea del Sarto, Domenico Ghirlandaio, and Sandro Botticelli can be found here as well.

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 8:15 am to 6:50 pm
Admission Price: 15 Euros

Museum of Palazzo Vecchio

This museum was once the headquarters for the local government during the days of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Today, it houses the Mayor’s office and is the City Council seat. However, it’s main draw is the museum it houses. It’s made up of halls, courtyards, and rooms that display art collections and artifacts. They’re all decorated with paintings, wooden panels, and works from the likes of Donatello, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Maiano. One of the top things to see here is the Salone dei Cinquecento which is one of the grandest rooms in all of Italy. The walls feature frescoes that depict epic battles and scenes from the life of Cosimo I de’ Medici.

Hours: Friday through Wednesday 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday 9 am to 2 pm.

Admission Price: 10 Euros

Museo Opera del Duomo

This very specific museum is dedicated to the planning and construction of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Politics and history surround this museum, and anyone who is into architecture will have a great time here. The museum is full of artworks that were originally held in the cathedral, and it has been said that the building houses some of the most important sculptures in the world. There are three floors, 25 rooms, and 600 sq. meters of space in the showrooms. Some of the top works to see here include:

● Gates of Paradise
● The singing galleries
● The Deposition, which Michelangelo intended for his own tomb
● The Baptistry of San Giovanni
● Corridoio dell’Opera
● Galleria delle sculture
● Sala della Maddalena
● Tribuna di Michelangelo

Hours: Monday through Saturday 9:00-7:30 pm and Sunday 9:00-2:00 pm.
Admission Price: 6 Euros

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery is one of the most famous museums on the planet. It houses artwork from some of the top artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Giotto, and Caravaggio. The museum is massive and it would probably take you an entire day to get through the whole thing. The primary focus here is art from the Italian Renaissance, although other time periods are included. Many of the works were donated to the museum after the house of Medici died off. This modern museum was one of the first and has been allowing visitors since the 16th century. Some of the key works of art to see here include:

● Rembrandt: Self-Portrait As A Young Man
● Parmigianino: Madonna with the Long Neck
● Raphael: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Portrait of Leo X
● Leonardo da Vinci: The Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi
● Michelangelo: The Holy Family (Doni Tondo)
● Andrea del Verrocchio: The Baptism of Christ

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 8:15 am to 6:50 pm
Admission Price: 6.50 Euros

Casa di Dante Museum

This museum is dedicated to Dante and is a perfect relic of architecture from the 1300s. The museum is housed in the building that is believed to have been the home of Dante. It has been refurbished and now features three floors that are meant to represent the three most important phases of his life. Figuring out that this was the famous poet’s home took much time and research. However, once it was discovered, locals and officials made sure it was turned into a museum that would properly commemorate this literary figure. The museum works to tell the story of Dante as well as the historical and political story of the time. Each floor offers a different perspective that you won’t want to miss.

Hours: Winter: November 1 – March 31: Tue. – Fri. 10am – 5pm & Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Summer: April 1 – October 31: Daily 10am – 6pm
Admission Price: 4 Euros

Santa Maria Novella & Museum

Architecture buffs will love visiting this museum and church. It’s considered one of the most important Gothic churches in Tuscany, and its museum makes the visit even more worthwhile. While the exterior of the church is a work of art in itself, the interior is part of the allure. Inside you’ll find works by Masaccio, Giotto, and Ghirlandaio. The interior was supposedly designed by the same architect as the Duomo’s cupola, Brunelleschi. The most important pieces to see include:

● Masaccio’s Trinity
● Strozzi di Mantova Chapel
● Brunellschi’s Crucifix
● The Tornabuoni Chapel by Ghirlandaio
● The Nativity by Botticelli
● The Grand Cloister

Hours: Weekdays from 9am until 5:30pm, Fridays from 11am to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 9am until 5pm, and Sunday from 1pm until 5pm.
Admission Price: 5 Euros

The Stibbert Museum

This museum houses over 36,000 artifacts and is well-known for its collection of armour. It was founded by Frederick Stibbert who was both English and Italian and came from a very wealthy family. After inheriting his grandfather’s entire estate, he stopped working and focused his energy on collecting artifacts, antiques, and objects. These items eventually populated the Stibbert Museum. After his death, the items were donated to the city of Florence and his former home was opened to the public. There are 57 rooms that hold his collections from all around the world. Make sure to see the tapestries, paintings, porcelains, Etruscan artifacts, Tuscan crucifixes, and an outfit that was worn by Napoleon the First of France. The most impressive exhibit is that of the armour. It features 16,000 pieces of arms from Japan, Asia, Islam, and Europe. They range from the 15th to the 19th centuries and are on display on fake soldiers.

Hours: Friday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 2 pm.
Admission Price: 8 Euros

Casa Buonarroti

This museum is dedicated to celebrating the life of the Buonarroti family, especially Michelangelo. To this day, there are still conflicting views of whether or not he actually lived here. However, the house/museum features two designs by Michelangelo himself. The house is made up of three floors and is actually the result of multiple buildings combined together. In fact, one of these buildings is where he was known to live for sure. The collection in this museum was offered by the remaining family members to remember Michelangelo’s work. There is also a collection of the family’s greatest achievements, as well as other works of art that were in their private collection. Inside, you’ll find sculptures, paintings, archeological findings, ceramics, and art. There are also drawings and designs by Michelangelo. One of the top things to visit while at this museum include:

● Madonna della Scala
● Battle of The Centaurs
● The facade of the Basilica San Lorenzo Church

Hours: November – 28 February: 10am – 4pm, March – 31 October: 10am – 5pm
Admission Price: 6.50 Euros

National Archeological Museum

Otherwise known as the MAF, this museum is one of the oldest in the country. This museum is made up of Roman and Greek artifacts, the original Etruscan museum, and the Egyptian museum, which is its prime collection. Many of the exhibits are in both English and Italian so that you’ll have the chance to understand the history of what you’re seeing. While visiting, make sure to see the Etruscan artifacts, Necropolis garden, Greek artifacts, Roman artifacts, and Egyptian artifacts. Some of the most notable works include:

● Chimera
● Orator
● Etruscan tombs
● Idolino
● Hellenistic horse’s head
● Large, black figure krater vase
● Egyptian war chariot

Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 8:30am-7pm; Saturday, Monday, 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month (open 8:30am-2pm)

The Innocenti Museum

This museum can be found in the historic building, Institute degli Innocenti. It contains history from six centuries, and many of the architectural features were created by Brunelleschi. Inside, visitors will find masterpieces from artists like Domenico, Ghirlandaio, and Botticelli. It’s the oldest public institution in the country, and it has been dedicated to protecting the rights and education of children. It once functioned as an orphanage and now offers help to pregnant mothers and children. The museum is also the home of UNICEF’s research center. Only part of the building is taken up by the museum which has many works of art that have been donated over the years. Exhibits include a history of the building, multimedia presentation, architectural treasures, and a historical archive of all the children who came through for help. The art gallery features important works by Lucca della Robbia, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Neri di Bicci, Piero di Cosimo, and Giovanni del Biondo. Some of the top works to see include:

● The Madonna With Child and Angel
● The Adoration of The Magi
● The Della Robbia swaddled babies

Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 am to 7 pm.
Admission Price: 7 Euros

The Galileo Museum

This museum can be found in the Palazzo Castellani, a beautiful building from the 11th century. It houses one of the largest collections of scientific instruments in the world. Inside, visitors will find the Medici collections, which are dated from the 15th to the 18th centuries. There is a permanent collection of of Galileo’s own artifacts as well. This collection includes two of his telescopes, the objective lens he used when discovering the Galilean moons of Jupiter, thermometers, and celestial globes, including Santucci’s Armillary Sphere. There’s also the Lorraine Collection, which features artifacts that were important in making discoveries concerned with chemistry, electricity, and electromagnetism. Visitors can also find documentation and research from Galileo as well as journals, publications, and an entire library.

Hours: Wednesday through Monday from 9:30 am until 6 pm, Tuesday 9:30 am until 1 pm.
Admission Price: 9 Euros

The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum

Da Vinci has an entire museum dedicated to him in Florence. It houses artifacts, machines, and artworks that give visitors sensory stimulation while offering a somewhat, hands-on experience. You can see the hand-drawn machine codes that were done by Da Vinci himself. Many of the machines were built by the staff and are on working display in the museum. They have been carefully crafted out of wood and look just the way they would have during his heyday. It’s divided into five different sections: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Mechanisms. The Mechanisms room shows off the principles of motion, flywheel, ball bearer, and worm screw. The Earth section displays printing machines, rolling mill, and oil press. In the Water room, visitors can see the hydraulic saw, and the Archimedean screw. The Air room features the hygrometer, parachute, hornithopters, and the anemometer. And, in the Fire section visitors can see the armoured tank, mortar fire, and the machine gun.

Hours: Monday through Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission Price: 7 Euros

While this list will start you off, there are many more museums in Florence to explore. From hidden gems to some of the most famous in the world, this city has quite the selection. Many are kid-friendly while others are meant for the diehard fans of Italian art and history. Add some of these museums to your Florence itinerary if you want to leave the city with a good sense of what Florence is all about. For more information about planning your vacation to Florence, get in touch with us today.

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