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“David was impressive but no photos”
Review of Accademia Gallery

Accademia Gallery
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Ranked #8 of 647 things to do in Florence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 8, 2012

this is a small museum that charges a ridiculous entrance fee because it contains Michaelangelo's David. With your entrance fee you can see a small music museum (two rooms). A modern art museum (3 rooms) a few rooms of renaissance religious art, a room upstairs with late medieval religious art and of course the room with David and the 6 slaves. There is also a small gallery with plaster molds of statues made my artists who studied at the Accademia. Takes about 1-2 hours to see everything. No photos inside.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The reason for my visiting Galleria dell'Accademia was of course Michelangelo's David. While this (ironically) giant sculpture alone doesn't justify €11 admission, I was surprised in a good way by the rest of the permanent exhibition and maybe even more so by "Arte Torna Arte", a temporary exhibition of contemporary art.

Personal favorites from the permanent exhibition (apart from David) include Michelangelo's unfinished sculptures, which really allow you to see and feel blocks of stone "coming to life", lifeless objects transforming into art. The musical instrument section was a nice surprise. As I entered the instrument section of the museum, lofty beautiful renaissance music reached my ears. At first I thought it was a recording played through speakers, which didn't feel appropriate since it was really quite loud. But as I progressed further into the exhibition I noticed the music was being played live by two musicians, ON the exhibited instruments! Surprising, un-orthodox and, well... pretty cool! Once again you could really feel the long history of the instruments "coming to life".

The temporary exhibition had been partly installed in the same rooms as the permanent exhibition. This was a neat move in my opinion, as it made you, the observer, think about the fact that art isn't necessarily only old historical objects. Art is naturally also present and "now", and this mix of renaissance art and contemporary art gave you a strong sense that even Michelangelo's sculptures have a natural connection to you and me, and the present. Favorite among the contemporary art exhibitions was Martin Creed's "Runners", performance art where a couple of guys and girls dressed in running gear jogged through the hall were David is exhibited. Certainly made me turn my head!

To sum it all up: I got what I came for and on top of that I was nicely surprised several times! Great!

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

we did this Galleria dell Academia and it was just amazing it is a tourist attraction not to be missed

Thank DianeM1059
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

It's amazing to be up close and see this work of art.....I almost cried. It's amazing to see how the hands and feet are oversized because it was meant to be viewed from afar. The additional works of art are also worth seeing in this intimate gallery

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Make sure to make reservations in advance so that you wait less in line. We did not have a reservation and waited for 2 hrs to get in

Thank Vess S
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