Galleria dell'Accademia
Galleria dell'Accademia
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Europe's first school of drawing, this museum of art is chiefly famous for its several sculptures by Michelangelo, notably his David, in addition to an extensive collection of 15th- and 16th-century paintings.
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Scott D
Walnut Creek, CA67 contributions
Jun 2022
Galleria dell'Accademia is always a must stop on a visit to Florence, if for no other reason than to reacquaint with the splendor that is Michelangelo's David. Even if that were the only attraction there, it would be worth the visit, but the gallery regularly has visiting exhibits which may each visit unique from previous visits and worth the price of admission.

As with any destination popular with tourists, I strongly recommend booking in advance with a scheduled visit time, rather than brave the walk up line.

With the reservation, which they honored even though it was meant for June 2020, we were in and out in about 90 minutes.
Written June 26, 2022
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Caroline B
80 contributions
Apr 2022
You have to go just to see the Statue of David. Even if nothing else in the museum strikes your fancy he is totally worth it. I do recommend booking tickets in advance on the museum's website, at least a week out to make sure you can get in. You can still get tickets from trip advisor for the next day though it is just a few more dollars.
Written May 16, 2022
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Brian50Edmonton
Edmonton, Canada188 contributions
May 2022
If you go for nothing else, Michelangelo's David is an absolute must. It is absolutely impressive, and much bigger than I expected. It is a wonderfully beautiful masterpiece. The collection of religious art work is outstanding and the plaster casts of many famous sculptures are also on display. If you are an historic musical instrument buff that section is well worth it too. You can spend as little as an hour there or as much as a full day depending on your particular interests. Although reservations are a very good idea, and likely necessary in late May through to mid September you can buy and ticket and get in on a first come first served basis. You can reserve and get your ticked on-line but make sure you use the "official" Accademia website, obviously all of the "tour" companies (Get Your Guide, Viatour etc) can and will sell you the tickets and reserve your audio guide but that isn't necessary, perhaps more convenient but not necessary in the quieter periods. There are small guided tours with a guide who can and will tell you the history and provenance of most of the works if you have interest in lots of detail, or you can rent an audio guide for a couple of Euro which we did and found it detailed enough for us.
Written May 7, 2022
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JRMADA
United States3,366 contributions
Oct 2022
We went to this museum and were a bit disappointed. We found that the only relevant piece of art here is Michelangelo’s David. I bet most people don’t even remember what else they saw in the museum the next day. For what the museum charges for entry (€16.00 per person) we expected a lot more. There are a few Michelangelo sculptures which look unfinished, but that’s it. There are plenty of religious paintings, but none memorable or of world fame. The staff in the museum and at the ticket office are lovely people who will help in anyway they can. The entry system is cumbersome and confusing with color codes and different door numbers. The people who set up the entry lines at opening hour are as smart as a cobble stone with no customer service skills at all. Basically, if you want tickets for a different day or a later time than when you are at the museum entry, you need to go to door 51 across the street from the museum. There are 2 entry doors to the Gallery. One for single visitors with timed reservations, and one for groups with timed reservations. There is also a line for visitors who don’t have a time reserved ticket and want to purchase and go in immediately. All of these lines have different signs with different colors. You will have to ask someone where to enter if you have a ticket. This is a popular museum and lots of tour guides take their groups there, so David gets crowded all the time. We went in at 8:15 AM and were 3rd in line and were able, for a few seconds, to take pictures without interference, but 10 min after we entered, it was packed around David and large groups coming in the door. We actually got there at 7:45 AM and waited at the door, only for the half wits setting up the lines to confuse everyone and make a mess of things… If you have limited time in Florence and can careless about David, skip it…
Written October 19, 2022
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Lucy M
Manchester, UK31 contributions
Sep 2022
Everyone visits the Accademia primarily to see Michelangelo's David, that's a fact, although that's not to suggest for one second that he's 'overrated'. David is spectacular in his own right and a piece that you need to see in order to appreciate his height, and the sheer skill that went into carving him from a single piece of beautiful white Tuscan marble. You can see why he is the 'main attraction'. The area immediately around David is packed, but if you are willing to be patient you should have no issues obtaining decent pictures and admiring him up close.

The gallery is otherwise relatively small in comparison to, say, the Uffizi, and when you've already been to the Uffizi a number of the other pieces perhaps don't stand out as they might do otherwise. As a result, for me personally, I would say that the Accademia is over-priced.

The organisation outside the building also leaves something to be desired. I pre-booked my ticket for entry at 13:15. The entrance lies on a very busy pedestrianised street. On arrival outside the gallery at circa 13:00 I found myself faced with multiple queues. I asked a male member of staff where I should go in order to collect my ticket and was simply told to "stand at the side" on the pavement opposite the main entrance. Thinking that I was, therefore, able to collect my ticket following entry I stood and waited. At 13:20 I hadn't been called forward so I asked the same gentleman what was happening and was told rather irately that they were still admitting visitors who were down to enter the gallery at 13:00. I went and stood at the side again and at 13:30 I asked a different male member of staff what was happening, only to be told that I needed to walk down the street to 'building number 51', collect my ticket, and then join the back of 'the queue' although he didn't specify which one. I collected my ticket and returned to the same gentleman at circa 13:40 who guided me to the back of one of the queues. I then spoke to a female member of staff, explained that I was down to enter the Accademia at 13:15, that her colleagues had been less than helpful, and she guided me to the front of the queue which by this time I gauged from chatter included people down to enter the gallery at 13:45.

If you have the option to pre-book your tickets then I would say definitely do so, although you should be prepared to queue for quite a while in any event. I imagine that 'on the day' tickets sell out VERY quickly, and the limited ability to choose your time slot might affect your plans for the rest of the day.

Once inside the gallery you have to go through security (including bag scanning). You exit via the gift shop, and there are toilets accessible on the other side via a small staircase, although none of the ladies toilets have a toilet seat (something which I found to be quite common throughout my time in Italy!)
Written October 2, 2022
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Clare O
154 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Buy a ticket online for a timed entry
You then have to q across the street (building 51) to pick up your ticket and then join the actual q. The staff outside are helpful & will guide you. I had an audioguide included in my ticket (ticket bought from Get your guide) & was told at building 51 I would pick it up inside the gallery. I went to what I thought was the area for audioguide but was told to go to the ticket desk beside me. I queued again and explained I had an audioguide included & was unsure how to claim it as this was not written on the ticket I picked up. The man behind the desk who was clearly having a bad day said very sternly " you don't pick it up here this is for tickets only, does this look like I have audio guides here!" I said I was only going to where I was told to go when he then repeated himsel very loudly. I tried again to explain I was told to come here so where should i go & he told me to stop taking. The audioguide place was right across from where he was, all he had to do was say that. Rude rude man. I picked it up no problem, you will need to leave ID as security deposit and then I got stuck again in another q to get in. My entry was for 10.15, you are advised to be there 15mins early, with all the queuing I got in at 10.30. That unessesary commentary from that rude man did spoil my visit.
Written July 31, 2022
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JG128
Manchester, UK94 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
If you're into Christian art you could spend a good couple of hours looking at the religious paintings. If you're not you could just come in and see the statue of David and marvel at the sheer size and detail of Michelangelo's two-story high sculpture.
Tip: if there's a queue outside, get on your phone and book tickets, it'll cost you an extra 4 euroes per ticket.
Written April 29, 2022
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Katie H
Melbourne, Australia275 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Florence in the first week of April is absolutely heaving with tourists. We found visiting to be far superior to the Uffizi gallery in terms of organisation. Queues to get in are signposted well and having bought tickets in advance was perfect - we walked in right at our allocated time, when next to us there was a snaking queue of folk who bought tickets on the day and whose waiting time was unknown.

While busy, our visit did not seem cramped and there was plenty of space to sit and admire David, and stroll the other galleries, without being jostled by others.

Top tip: Definitely buy tickets for your preferred time online before you visit!
Written April 7, 2023
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI777 contributions
Sep 2022
Came to see Michelangelo's David. We made our way through the Hall of Prisoners, Michelangelo's unfinished works, and the crowd to see David in all his glory! New lighting was recently installed which not only brightens the white marble but now enables you to see details that have gone unnoticed! Stunning!! We took our time, walking all the way around the statue, stopping to take in the new perspective with all its details. Well worth the price of admission!! From there we wandered through galleries of Renaissance works by Perugino, Ghirlandaio, Botticelli, Giambologna, Filippino Lippi, Uccello, and others. Enjoyed the musical instruments gallery that included several string instruments by Stradivarius. Note: we bought timed entrance tickets in advance; so happy we did that as it was raining pretty hard as we walked by the line of people waiting.
Written November 1, 2022
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fortybefore40
United Kingdom334 contributions
Feb 2023
We really enjoyed the Galleria dell'Accademia please book in advance so you aren't queuing all down the street, the line was long even in February. A wonderful selction of art over 2 floors it's smaller and easier to get around than the Uffizi. We loved David of course who is breathtaking even aftr all the photos you will have seen and the room following him with the collection of plaster cast statues was so interesting it showed you the process in videos from start to finish of making a marble statue which was incredible. We also loved the musical instrument collection such fascinating and precious pieces it's hard to grasp their value! 100% recommend
Written March 1, 2023
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