List of Florence Museums

  

There is an article in the top questions of this forum about reserving museum tickets. The museums one needs to book ahead of time are the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia. The phone number is 39-055-294883. Call up the reservation phone at 9 am Florence time and you can talk to a person in English to get reservations easily.

Admission for the state run museums is 6.50 euros per person, with an additional 4 euros reservation fee for the Uffizi and the Academia. The discounted rate is only for EU citizens.

Here is a listing of the museums and churches in Florence, with opening hours and descriptions of the art work: 

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1. Uffizi Gallery  

Piazzale degli Uffizi 6 - Firenze - Tel. 055 2388651 

Admittance time. Tuesday-Sunday: 8.15 am – 6.50 pm; the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Holidays: 8.15 am – 6.50 pm; the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: Monday. December 25; January 1; May 1. 

This is the best art gallery in Florence and one of the best in the world. Famous paintings are Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Botticelli’s Primavera, Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat, Botticelli’s Madonna of the Pomegranate, Bronzino’s Portrait of Eleonora of Toledo with Her son Giovanni de Medici, Raphael’s Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de Medici and Luigi de Rossi, Raphael’s Entombment. The galleries with windows are all lined with beautiful sculptures. One can get a map of the museum for each floor at the museum entrance. All the rooms are numbered on the map. One can mark down the room one sees on the map so as not to backtrack. At the top floor at one corner there is a cafeteria and a terrace with wonderful views. No photography is allowed. 

 

2. Accademia  

Via Ricasoli 60 - Firenze - Tel. 055 2388609  

Admittance time. Tuesday-Sunday: 8.15 am – 6.50 pm; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time.  

Holidays: 8.15 am – 6.50 pm; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: Monday. December 25, January 1, May 1. 

This museum is famous for Michelangelo’s David. The gallery has several sculptures by Michelangelo that seem to be unfinished. Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabine Women is another masterpiece. There is a beautiful painting by Sandro Botticelli of the Virgin and Child with Two Angels and the Young St. John the Baptist. Another Botticelli is the Madonna del Mare. Other masterpieces are Agnolo Bronzino’s Deposition, Descent from the Cross by Filippino Lippi and Pietro Perugino, Bernardo Daddi’s Crucifix, and Neri di Bicci’ Annunciation. The museum also has a display of musical instruments that is interesting. No photography is allowed.

  

3. Pitti Palace  

Piazza Pitti, Palazzo Pitti  

Tel. 0552388616 

Opening hours (Palatine Gallery/Royal Apartments/Gallery of Modern Art): Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15-18.50; the ticket office closes 45 minutes before the museum closing time.

Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, May 1st, Christmas Day. 

The Royal Apartments are closed for maintenance every year in January. 

Opening hours  (The Costume Gallery/The Silverworks Museum/The Porcelain Museum/Boboli Gardens): Daily:
8.15 – 16.30 (November February)
8.15 – 17.30 (March)
8.15 – 18.30 (April, May, September and October)
8.15 – 17.30 (in the month of October when Daylight Saving Time ends)
8.15 – 18.50 (June August)
Entry is permitted up to half an hour before closing time.

Closed on the 1st and the last Monday of each month, New Year's Day, May 1st and Christmas Day

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The Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, and Gallery of Modern Art can be visited on one ticket. The other sights can be visited with a separate ticket.  With the combination ticket one can see everything in about 3 hours.

The first place to see is the Palatine Gallery, because it is the most important. It is one of the best art galleries in Italy. It has magnificent salons with frescoes on the ceiling, chandeliers and great art. Many of the salons have large tables with pietra dura designs, which are very beautiful. Great paintings are Filippo Lippi’s Virgin and Child, Raphael’s Madonna and Child, Raphael’s Portrait of Tommaso Ingheri, Raphael’s Portrait of Agnolo Coni, Raphael’s Portrait of Maddalena Doni, Raphael’s Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Woman, Rubens’s The Four Philosophers, Titian’s Portrait of a Man, and Antonio Canova’s statue of Venus.  The Royal Apartments consist of fourteen magnificent rooms which were the home of the Medici and Lorraine grand-ducal families and, from 1865, of the king of Italy. The Modern Art Gallery has art from the 19th century. Good art is Fabre’s Portrait of Maria Luisa of Bourbon, and Pio Fedi’s sculpture of Saint Sebastian. This sculpture had plenty of attention when it was first shown in public in 1844. 

The Costume Gallery has 20th century designer gowns, interesting for people interested in fashion. The Silverworks Museum has many interesting items. The Porcelain Museum has wonderful porcelain objects. The Boboli Gardens are huge and one can spend much time there. Photographs are allowed only in the courtyard and garden.  

 

4. Bargello Museum 

Via del Proconsolo 4 - Firenze - Tel. 055 2388606  

Admittance time. Weekdays: from Tuesday to Saturday: 8.15 am - 1.50 pm; open on the first, third and fifth Monday of every month; the ticket office closes 40 minutes before the museum closing time.  

Holidays: 8.15 am - 1.50 pm; open on the second and fourth Sunday of every month; the ticket office closes 40 minutes before the museum closing time.  

Opening hours Monday through Sunday: 8:15-13:50
The ticket office closes at 13:20   

Closed: 2nd and 4th Sunday and 1st, 3rd, 5th Monday of each month, New Year's Day, May 1st (Labor Day), Christmas
Tickets Full price: € 4,00
Reduced: € 2,00
Entry free of charge

Reservation cost € 3,00

This museum has a very large sculpture collection that is a must see. The courtyard has many good sculptures but the best sculptures are in the Hall by the courtyard. Great sculptures are Michelangelo’s Brutus, Baccio Bandinelli’s bust of Cosimo I, Cellini’s bust of Cosimo I, Ammannati’s Leda and the Swan, Donatellos’ St. George, Donatello’s St. John, Donatello’s David in marble and also in bronze, Sansovino’s Bacchus, Cellini’s Perseus, Giambologna’s Mercury and Michelangelo’s Bacchus. Photography is allowed only in the courtyard and loggia on the upper level. No photography is allowed in the Hall which contains the famous original sculptures. 

 

5. San Marco Church and Museum  

Piazza San Marco 1 - Firenze - Tel. 055 2388608  

Admittance time. Weekdays: from Monday to Friday: 8.15 am - 1.50 pm; Saturday: 8.15 am - 6.50 pm; open on the first, third and fifth Monday of every month; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Holidays: 8.15 am - 6.50 pm; 8.15 am - 6.50 pm: January 6, Easter, Easter Monday; April 25; June 2; August 15; November 1; December 8 and 26; open on the second and fourth Sunday of every month; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: first, third and fifth Sunday of every month; second and fourth Monday of every month. December 25, January 1, May 1. 

 

This is a must see. There are very many paintings and frescoes by Fra Angelico, including his Annunciation. The cloister has many frescoes also. Fra Angelico was one of the first great artists of the Renaissance. The cells of the monks on the second floor each have a small fresco. Fra Bartolomeo also has many paintings. The Last Supper of San Marco was painted by Domenico Ghirlandaio. Savonarola, who in his sermons fulminated against the immorality of the age, also lived here. Photography is allowed only in the cloister.

  

6. Palazzo Vecchio  

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Piazza Signoria - Firenze - Tel. 055 2768224  

Admittance time. Weekdays: 9 am - 7 pm; Thursday 9 am - 2 pm; the ticket office closes 1 hour before the museum closing time. 

Holidays: Sundays 9 am - 7 pm Midweek holidays 9 am - 2 pm (January 6, Easter Monday; April 25; June 2; November 1; December 8 and 26); the ticket office closes 1 hour before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: December 25, January 1, Easter, May 1, August 15.

 

The Palazzo Vecchio was the residence of the Medici’s and their apartments on the top floor are full of art. I was impressed by the small cabinets with pietra dura and the ceiling frescoes. The Hall of Lilies has Donatello's bronze masterpiece of Judith. The Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of 500) is very impressive and has many very large paintings showing the life of Cosimo I and his battles. Important sculptures are Michelangelo’s The Genius of Victory, Giambologna’s Florence Triumphant Over Pisa, and Vincenzo de Rossi’s Hercules and the Centaur. It is best to use the elevator to get to the top floors. Non-flash photography is allowed. 

 

7. Palazzo Medici-Riccardi  

Via Cavour 3 - Firenze - Tel. 055 2760340  

Admittance time. Weekdays: 9 am - 7 pm; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Holidays: 9 am - 7 pm; the ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: Wednesday. 

The Chapel has Benozzo Gozzoli’s Arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. The Room of the Four Seasons has four large tapestries representing Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. There is a Luca Giordano Hall with many wonderful ceiling paintings. The courtyard has a statue of Orpheus by Baccio Bandinelli and the courtyard was designed by Michelozzo. The garden is nice to see and has several sculptures. Non-flash photography is allowed.

  

8. Archaeological Museum 

Piazza SS. Annunziata 9/b - Firenze - Tel. 055 2480636 

Admittance time. Weekdays: Monday: 2 pm - 7 pm; Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30 am - 7 pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 8.30 am - 2 pm. 

Holidays: 8.30 am - 2 pm. 

Closed on: December 25, January 1, May 1.

 

The bronze "Chimera of Arezzo" is one of the best known examples of the art of the Etruscans. There are many funerary urns and sarcophagi. Another good exhibit is the Apollo Milani, from 550 BC. The museum is a bit disorganized because many of the exhibits are not titled and the young women working there may not know details. This is inexcusable for a museum. Non-flash photography is allowed.

  

9. Michaelangelo’s House and Museum (Casa Buonarroti) 

 

Via Ghibellina 70 - Firenze - Tel. 055 241752  

Admittance time. 9.30 am - 4 pm. 

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the museum closing time. 

Closed on: Tuesday. December 25, January 1, Easter, May 1, August 15. 

There are three sculptures made by Michelangelo and these are not famous or his best sculptures. The museum is a bit disorganized because many of the exhibits are not titled and one does not know what one is looking at or who was the artist who created the piece. This is inexcusable for a museum. Not a very good museum. Non-flash photography is allowed.