Museo di Palazzo Pretorio

Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Prato: Hours, Address, Museo di Palazzo Pretorio Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo di Palazzo Pretorio
4.5
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,657 contributions
Dec 2021
This museum - housed in a distinguished building - well represents the events of the history of art in Prato; events in no way secondary given that - among other things - Donatello worked in the city; and Filippo Lippi, one of the greatest painters of the Tuscan school of the fifteenth century, master of Botticelli, has been active in Prato for over a decade starting from 1452.
The works of Filippo Lippi in Prato are mainly in the Cathedral: the so-called "Madonna del Ceppo" is preserved in the museum, while two works of excellence are in the museum by his natural son Filippino Lippi: the table with "Madonna with child and saints" and the fresco of the “Tabernacle of the corner of Mercatale”, much praised by Giorgio Vasari and prodigiously recomposed after it had been reduced to fragments by the 1944 bombings.
Still stands out among the oldest tables a masterpiece by Giovanni da Milano, a "Polyptych with Madonna and saints", and two by Bernardo Daddi, a "Madonna and child" and a predella with "Stories of the sacred belt" (this is a relic fundamental for the history and identity of the city of Prato).
These masterpieces are accompanied by many other significant pictorial works, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, distributed on the first and second floors of the Museum.
The third floor, on the other hand, is outstanding - as well as for the panoramic windows - for two excellent collections: plenty of sculptures by Lorenzo Bartolini, a neoclassical artist from Prato (1777-1850); and the plaster casts from the collection of Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973), a “cubist” sculptor of Lithuanian origin, whose family donated these works to the museum.
The museum - renovated not many years ago - is very well organized. I would like to point out the efficiency of the audio guide, in multiple languages, which adequately illustrates a large number of works.
A visit is certainly to be recommended.
Written December 21, 2021
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David M
Brandon, FL311 contributions
Jul 2021
Great museum in Prato showing the history of Prato and the surrounding area. Many interesting displays and friendly staff. Worth a visit if you are in Prato.
Written September 1, 2021
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ElisaManci
Prato, Italy26 contributions
Jun 2019
The city museum preserves and shows incredible works of art and ancient masterpieces from the middle ages to Renaissance, to modern and contemporary art. It was an unexpected discovery for my friends and myself!
Written November 6, 2019
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Rotterdam-Ton
Rotterdam, the Netherlands13 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
The museum is nicely laid out and located in the inner city of Prato. However, we thought it is far from some the reviews mentioned here. Lots of technical issues that were plaguing the exhibition. Lighting broken, video presentations not available (not working today...) and the lift had issues.

So, we left the museum with a feeling that more could be done with it. Maybe the lack of visitors is causing a cash flow issue?
Written September 23, 2019
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Mmarymomm
Pleasanton, CA1,738 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is a well curated museum and not so overly large or touristy that you are exhausted by the scope and the crowds. I especially liked the 15th century altarpieces.
Written February 10, 2019
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Anna W
Empoli, Italy42 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
It's a great museum for an introduction to Tuscan artists as you not only see their works of art but if you get the audio guide you can listen to some information and background about the artists too, as well as information about the paintings. Here you can learn about the artists you are most interested in and admire their paintings in a non-crowded museum and then once you have more of an insight into art from this region you can go to face the crowds in Florence and just focus on the certain art works or artists that you are really interested in.
Written December 9, 2018
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Martino B
Chelmsford, UK4,830 contributions
Jan 2018 • Business
We stopped over here and it’s a must if you are in Prato really interesting and stunning building all round
Written May 11, 2018
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Jeppe S
Copenhagen, Denmark615 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Museo di Palazzo Pretorio is a surprisingly good art museum with picture from the medieval period and forward. It is located in the old city hall. In one room there is a film about the history of the building.
Written April 15, 2018
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Lyn&MarkfromOz
Melbourne, Australia1,005 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Beautifully restored palazzo, great collection, well curated, excellent signage in Italian and English, top view from the roof.

Whats not to like.
Written May 21, 2017
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Erika F
Prato, Italy14 contributions
Nov 2016 • Family
Nice visit. Guide very professional. The children have been very happy. The line to get tickets was not too long.
Written March 13, 2017
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Museo di Palazzo Pretorio is open:
  • Wed - Mon 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM


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