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Museum Guide for Florence

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Visiting at least a couple of museums/galleries should be part of any good traveler’s itinerary, and Florence has plenty of interesting and iconic choices. Follow this guide to the best the city has to offer its cultural explorers.

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8 Places

3 City Tips

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8 Places

Uffizi Galleries

Art Museums

Accademia Gallery

Specialty Museums

Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Art Museums, History Museums

Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Science Museums, History Museums

Museo degli Innocenti

Specialty Museums, Art Museums, Architectural Buildings

Cappelle Medicee

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Museo Novecento

Art Museums

Museo Casa di Dante

Specialty Museums, History Museums

Anna3762014's City Tips

  • Most museums are walking distance from one another. For those farther afield, bus passes are a good option.
  • Try to book guided tours in advance – especially for the most popular galleries.
  • In most museums cameras are not allowed, but you may be allowed to take pictures without flash in a few venues. It is worth asking at the entrance.
  • Uffizi Galleries
    Art Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Unmissable! The building in itself is impressive, and the views over Ponte Vecchio from the top are beautiful. With its masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Da Vinci and ... really the list could go on forever ... this museum has no equal.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Less crowded during the week – try to visit on a weekday.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cultural morning but if want audio tour... 02/15/2019
    • Renaissance at it's top 02/14/2019
    • Uffizi Galleries
    Address:
    Piazzale degli Uffizi 6
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 294883
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:15 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Accademia Gallery
    Specialty Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This world renown gallery has the magnificent 'David' as its centerpiece, but The Museum of Instruments housed within its walls is also well worth a look. It features some of the most ancient harpsichords, pianos, violas and other instruments that still exist today.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets online: the queues can be very long.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must in Florence 02/15/2019
    • incredible! 02/15/2019
    • Accademia Gallery
    Address:
    Via Ricasoli 58 - 60
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8612
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
    Other:
  • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Attached to the Duomo, the museum is definitely worth a visit while in the area. Among the many works by artists who also contributed their skills to other attractions found within the Piazza, you'll find famous sculptures by Donatello, Michelangelo and Danti.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Audio guides are available.
    • One of my absolute favorite works is 'The Beheading of St John The Baptist' by Vincenzo Danti.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Admission included with Duomo complex tickets 02/14/2019
    • Must see 02/13/2019
    • Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
    Address:
    Piazza del Duomo 9
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 230 2885
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
    Science Museums, History Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This is a great museum if your passion is science or history. Here you have the opportunity to explore and learn about the experimental methods used by Galileo himself, and get a chronological sense of all his scientific experiments. There is a virtual and interactive library, too, which is great fun to experience in a group.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Group tickets are cheaper than buying singles.
    • There are special activities designed for children.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • go only if you have extra time 02/14/2019
    • Great combination of history and science 02/13/2019
    • Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
    Address:
    Piazza De' Giudici 1
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 265311
    Hours:
    Tue
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Wed - Mon
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo degli Innocenti
    Specialty Museums, Art Museums, Architectural Buildings
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    This is certainly one of the lesser known attractions in Florence. Although the Hospital building in which the Gallery is located is quite famous, the Gallery in itself is not, and visits must be booked in advance. L'Ospedale degli Innocenti used to be an orphanage – one of the first in Europe – and its gallery displays the generously detailed historic documentation of the lives of the children who lived there. Starting from the 15th century onwards, their stories are narrated through paintings, bibliographies, and later, photographs.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Book a guided visit in advance.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting, Well Designed & Sad 02/07/2019
    • Then piazza is grand. 10/24/2018
    • Museo degli Innocenti
    Address:
    Piazza della Santissima Annunziata 13
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 203 7308
    Price range:
    $9 - $9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Cappelle Medicee
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Situated within the Cappella di San Lorenzo, these chapels display some of the most eminent sculptures by Michelangelo, as well as tombs belonging to members of the Medici family.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Check for for current special exhibitions.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must see 02/13/2019
    • Stunning, gorgeous place 01/28/2019
    • Cappelle Medicee
    Address:
    Piazza di Madonna Degli Aldobrandini 6
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 238 8602
    Other:
  • Museo Novecento
    Art Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    Ready to take a step out of the Renaissance? This museum, as its name suggests, specializes in more recent works from the 20th century. Here you can see futuristic paintings by Severini, as well as other modern Italian pieces by Guttuso, De Chirico and others.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This museum is best toured with a guide.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #140 of 607 things to do in Florence
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • not comparable to the Novecento Museum in Milan! 02/12/2019
    • As Italians say: 'not to blame, not to praise'. 02/09/2019
    • Museo Novecento
    Address:
    Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 10
    vicino alla Stazione centrale
    50123, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 286132
    Price range:
    $10 - $10
    Hours:
    Thu
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri - Wed
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Other:
  • Museo Casa di Dante
    Specialty Museums, History Museums
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    Anna3762014 Says:

    More for literature and history enthusiasts, this is a great visit if you are into Dante and have read or studied his works. And for die-hard fans, on the very last floor you'll find various copies of the Divine Comedy!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Not ideal for children.
    • Those not familiar with Dante's books are likely to find it far less interesting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #451 of 607 things to do in Florence
    • for Dante's lovers 01/03/2019
    • Should have checked TripAdvisor first... 12/05/2018
    • Museo Casa di Dante
    Address:
    Via Santa Margherita 1
    50122, Florence
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 055 219416
    Price range:
    $6 - $6
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
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