Museums

Take advantage of living in one of the most culturally rich hubs of the world by visiting one of the many museums here in Florence, Italy. Florence is home to some of the most renowned works of Renaissance art, but do not worry if the Renaissance isn’t your thing,  there are plenty of other museums to explore. Here is a list of museums to help you navigate your way.

The Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

This museum is more than just exhibitions. This is a place for you and your friends to come and drink coffee or browse the web (they have free wifi). Throughout the year the courtyard of this old Florentine family’s palace is the host to many different venues, such as concerts, exhibitions and workshops. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this contemporary scene.

Opening hours for Major Exhibition – Piano Nobile (first floor):

  • Open daily 9.00 am – 8.00 pm (including holidays) 
  • Thursdays 9.00 am – 11:00 pm (including holidays)
  • visitors are admitted up to one hour before exhibition closes

Tickets

  • Full Price: €12.50
  • Reduced: €8.50
  • Schools & university groups: €4.00
  • Free: for children up to 6 yrs of age, helpers accompanying disabled visitors, group leaders, teachers with their classes, professional journalists (ID must be shown), tour guides, Firenze card holders.

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Galleria degli Uffizi

This is one of the top attractions in all of Italy! It is the world’s premier museum for Renaissance art. Works from all of the famous artists of the Renaissance are on display at the Uffizi, including paintings and sculptures from Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, and Titian. Also on exhibit they have altarpieces, illuminated manuscripts, and tapestries. They advise visitors to reserve tickets to the Uffizi months ahead of their trip to ensure ticket availability and to avoid the famous longs lines. 

  • You can reserve tickets through: B-Ticket, the official booking site for Florence museum tickets or through a booking service. You can also call the Uffizi booking center, which has English-speaking agents, at 39.055.294.883, Monday – Friday from 8.30 am – 6.30pm and Saturdays from 8.30 am – 12.30 pm (be aware of the time difference between you and Italy)
  • Location: Loggiato degli Uffizi, 6, Florence
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8.15 am – 6.50 pm. Closed on Mondays, January 1, May 1 & December 25.
  • Admission: €6.50, additional charges for temporary exhibitions
  • Information: (0039) 055.294.883

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 The Vasari Corridor

The Vasari Corridor in Florence is a unique elevated walkway connecting the Pitti Palace to the Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi. It was built in 1564 by well known Giorgio Vasari for the Medici family. This amazing hidden passage is almost a kilometer long! The idea of an enclosed passageway was motivated by the Grand Duke’s desire to move freely between his residence and the government palace because he felt insecure in public, unsafe. It starts at the Uffizi Gallery, crosses the Arno River above the jewelry shops of Ponte Vecchio, goes through the Church of Santa Felicita, and along the housetops, until it ends in the Boboli Gardens and apartments of the Pitti Palace (where the Grand Duke lived).

  • The Vasari Corridor can only be seen on special guided visits with a limited number of participants in a group. Reservations are required and they can be made by calling (0039) 055.294883 or by booking a tour with an outside agency. The guided tour also includes an introductory tour of the Uffizi Gallery and the whole tour takes about 3 hours to complete.
  • The price depends on the amount of people attending in a group.

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Bargello Museum

It is a premier sculpture gallery for Renaissance art. It is officially titled the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the museum contains marble and bronze statues from the likes of Donatello and Verocchio and is also one of the places in Florence where one can admire art by Michelangelo.

  • Location: Via del Proconsolo, 4, Florence
  • Hours: Daily 8.15 am – 1.00 pm. Closed on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month; January 1, May 1, December 25.
  • (0039) 055.238.8606
  • Admission: €4, additional charges for temporary exhibitions.

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MUS.E (Palazzo Vecchio, The Brancacci Chapel, Foundazione Salvatore Romano, Museo di Santo Maria Novella, Museo Stefano Bardini, Museo Leonardiano di Vinci, Parco Villa Strozzi, San Niccolo Tower)

Palazzo Vecchio 

This Old Palace first constructed in 1299 by Arnolfo di Cambio is situated in the center of Florence. This palace started out as the seat of government and today it still is. Today the mayor’s offices, local administration and town council hall meetings are all held at the palace, which makes this museum extremely unique, in that, it maintains its original function. Walk through the different centuries of this palace to learn about the time of the Florentine Republic to the reign of the Medici family.

  • Location: Piazza della Signoria Firenze
  • HoursApril/May/June/July/August/September
    Every day except for Thursday: 9 a.m. – Midnight
    Thursday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    Following days are included: 1 april, 1 may, 2 and 24 June, 15 august
    October
    Every day except for Thursday: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    Thursday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    Exceptionally the museum will be open:
    13-28-29-30-31 october: 9 a.m. – Midnight
    November
    Every day except for Thursday: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    Thursday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    Exceptionally the museum will be open:
    1-2-3-10 november: 9 a.m. – Midnight
    December
    Every day except for Thursday: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
    Thursday: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    Exceptionally the museum will be open:
    7-8-22-23-26-27-28-29-30 december: 9 a.m. – Midnight
    (Closed on Christmas Day)
  • Admission:
    • full price ticket + activity € 12,00
    • reduced  price ticket + activity (18-25 years and >65) € 10,00
    • reduced  price ticket + activity (<18 years) € 2,00
The Brancacci Chapel
  • Location: Piazza del Carmine Chiesa 14 Florence
  • Admission: full ticket price € 6,00, reduced ticket price (18-25 years and >65 years) € 4,50

 

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