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Is it worth visiting museums in Florence?

Florence has earned its title as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, evidence is of which is beautifully documented across all museums in the city. The city's true essence lies in its museums which have been painstakingly preserved, maintained and restored over hundreds of years as tributes to some of the greatest artists who ever lived. Visit the Accademia and Uffizi Galleries, Palazzo Vecchio, Bargello National Museum, and many more to discover artwork by Caravaggio, da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian among others.

Which are the best/most popular museums in Florence?

There are several museums in Florence that warrant a visit during your time in the city. Some of the most popular museums in the city are the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Strozzi, Palazzo Pitti, Bargello National Museums, and Museo Novecento among many others. Here's a quick look at the top few:
  • Uffizi Gallery: Florence's pride rests on the monumental shoulders of the iconic Uffizi Gallery. Lose yourself to an unrelenting world of fine brush strokes, intricately detailed sculptures and secret stories pouring in through the 16th century walls. Keep an eye out for Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Medusa by Caravaggio, Venus of Urbino by Titian, and more.
  • Accademia Gallery: The second most popular museum is the Accademia Gallery in Florence. It is frequented by millions each year to get a glimpse of Italy's equivalent of the Mona Lisa -- the statue of David by Michelangelo. Towering over the museum at 17 ft height, David embodies courage, strength, and intellect.
  • Bargello National Museum: Said to be the country's first official museum, the Bargello National Museum -- once a prison -- now houses an engrossing collection of paintings and sculptures, along with bronzes, textiles, ceramics, and many such historic artefacts.
  • Palazzo Pitti: Bruneschelli, the mastermind behind the iconic Florence Duomo, also designed the Palazzo Pitti that was once served as the Medici Family's residence. Find over 500 Renaissance era artwork here and explore the royal's apartments, furniture, and other living spaces.
  • Palazzo Vecchio: What once served as the former seat of the Florentine government, is today one of the city's most-visited attractions. Starting from the elaborate stuccoes at the entrance to the Hall of the Five Hundred that was personally designed by Michelangelo and da Vinci, Palazzo Vecchio offers an interesting insight into Florence's political history.

Are skip-the-line tickets available for museums in Florence?

Yes. Most tickets booked online offer skip-the-line entry to museums in Florence ensuring that you save valuable time. Skip-the-line tickets allow you to bypass the long waiting lines and get priority entry into the museum of your choosing. Another way of getting skip-the-line entry is by booking a guided tour, which by default includes priority access. Enjoy skip-the-line entry with your Uffizi Gallery tickets, Accademia Gallery tickets, Bargello Museum tickets, Palazzo Vecchio tickets, Palazzo Pitti tickets, and more.

Which is the biggest museum in Florence?

The Uffizi Gallery is considered to be the largest museum in Florence. Over centuries, several expansion projects have taken place to accommodate the gallery's ever-growing collections. Today, the Uffizi's artwork spans three floors in the majestic building. On an Uffizi Gallery guided tour, explore works of art by Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli. The entire gallery occupies about a whopping 13,000 meters 2 and witnessed about 2 million visitors in 2019.

Which are the best museums in Florence for kids?

Some of the best museums in Florence for children are definitely Galileo Museum, Leonardo da Vinci Museum, and The Natural History Museum. Here's a quick look at these:
  • Galileo Museum: Not just children, but visitors of all ages are sure to find the collections at Galileo Museum utterly fascinating. The museum has delicately preserved scientific tools and instruments that were invented and used by Galileo, as well as the Medici family's collections. On weekends, various educational workshops and activities are organized here for children.
  • Leonardo da Vinci Museum: Entirely dedicated to the genius of da Vinci, this museum contains not only his works of art, but rather several of his engineering projects as well. The museum has been divided into 5 broad sections: Fire, Air, Earth, Water, and Mechanisms.Discover military tanks, propellers, flying machines, and more here.
  • The Natural History Museum: What better way to understand evolution of life than at the Natural History Museum? It is divided into 6 zones: Museo di Botanica, Giardino dei Semplici, Museum of Geology and Paleontology, Museum of Mineralogy and Lithology, National Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, and La Specola.

On which days can you enter landmarks in Florence for free?

Generally, visitors enjoy free entry to state-run museums in Florence on the first Sunday of every month during the off season, between October to March. Some state-run museums are:
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Accademia Gallery
  • Bargello Museum
  • Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens
  • Museum of San Marco

Which museums have free entry in Florence?

Apart from the first Sunday of each month, each museum also offers free entry on varying dates through the year, like museum week. The exact dates for these can be found on the official Ministry of Culture website.

Is photography allowed inside museums in Florence?

Rules for photography vary from museum to museum. However, most museums allow photography for personal consumption throughout mobile phones. Professional cameras, tripods, flash photography, and selfie sticks are not permitted.

Do museums in Florence offer guided tours?

Yes, most museums in Florence offer guided tours to visitors. You would be accompanied by a multilingual tour guide who will regale you with interesting facts and history with in-depth perspective on the art and artists. You can book your tour either online or at the venue itself. A major benefit of booking your guided tour online is that you get skip-the-line entry, allowing you to save skip and go past the waiting lines.

What is the best time to visit museums in Florence?

The best time of the week to visit a museum in Florence would be during early mornings or late evenings on weekdays. Weekends and day-time slots tend to draw bigger crowds. The best time of year would definitely be between October to April to experience short queues and enjoy the pleasant weather. Keep in mind that December would get quite crowded as well due to the holiday season.

Are museums in Florence open on Christmas and New Year's?

No, most museums are closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day in Florence. Very few are open, as listed below:
  • Christmas: Museum of Santa Maria Novella, the Marina Abramovic exhibit at Palazzo Strozzi
  • New Year's Day: Museum of Santa Maria Novella, Palazzo Vecchio Museum, Palazzo Strozzi, and Museo del Novecento
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