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“Moving experience”

Museo degli Innocenti
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Introduction to Florence: Evening Walking Tour
Ranked #49 of 648 things to do in Florence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed March 19, 2013

On the outside the old orphange has beautiful Della Robbia Rondels with infants as well as a plaque showing the wheel door that was used by women to leave behind unwanted infants. Inside the museum there are moving pictures and letters of children who lived at the orphanage. Besides learning about this important role there is also artwork by some of the children who went on to become successful artists and in a show of affection have donated their work to the museum. There is also a stunning Ghirlandaio (the mentor of Michelangelo) as well as others-I believe an early Botticelli(it has been some time since I went). The museum does not get many visitors so you can really have an intimate viewing experience with the artwork.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This small museum was listed only in one of the guidebooks we consulted but was one of my favorite stops in Florence. This facility was an orphanage from 1445 till 2000 & it is awe inspiring to consider the numbers of children who received care there. As a nurse, I appreciate the work done there with childhood nutrition & vaccination studies. As a mother, I was touched to view the grated window where moms left their infants & to view momentos left by those moms. The Della Robbia roundels are beautiful.
Most of the museum is under renovation at this time so access is limited (& fees discounted) but I hope to visit again to view the entire facility.

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Reviewed December 5, 2012

I enjoy visiting both the Spedale and the Piazza of SS Annunziata to enjoy the most perfect square of Renaissance Florence

Thank Veronica P
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great little museum! Without even going inside, seeing the Della Robbia Roundels, Brunelleschi's facade, and the baby window are worth the trip. Inside there is a small exhibit, currently it is on the 18th and 19th century. You can read accounts from actual orphans and learn what happened to them. There is a text for children and for adults, in both english and italian. (I read them both)

Upstairs is the main part of the museum. To get to it, you have to wander through parts of the building which is kind of cool. The main museum has some great paintings and some little dioramas with religious dolls in them. Also a display of the little objects pinned onto babies when they were left, such as halves of coins, bits of jewelery and letters. There is a large display of life at the orphanage with lots of text and photos. It is very uncrowded. I was one of only 2-3 visitors.

Keep in mind you cannot tour the entire building. It is still a functional building and children do still live there. When I was entering there was a woman who was really angry that she couldn't see "everything" and did not understand that it was still a working institution.

Well worth the $5.

Also, in the bookstore, they have a lovely little book from a previous exhibit about the hospital in the renaissance, from an exhibit in 2007. Well worth the Euros for that, too!

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

A small but lovely combination of 19th/20th century history with art from the renaissance, this museum should be included any visit to Florence. Unlike the Palazo, Pitti,or Uffizzi there is not so much great stuff that your heart and mind are both full before you have seen a quarter of the exhibits, this tribute to orphans and their mothers can be done in an hour or two and may make you laugh and cry a couple of times within the space of 10 minutes.

Thank langej
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