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Museum & Art
The essential art guide for Florence. We cover Florence Museums, Florence Galleries and Florentine Architecture. Whether you are interested in Florentine Sculptures, Classical Art or Modern Contemporary Art, or you would like to visit the most noteworthy Florentine squares and or churches in Florence...
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Florence Museum Name: Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Type: Sculpture and minor arts museum
Address: Via del Proconsolo, 4; 055-23885.
Note: This is one of the most important and rich sculpture museums: there are works of such artists as Verrocchio, Donatello Michelangelo and Cellini. The uniqueness of a sculpture is that, when passion and effort and all feelings are transmitted to it, it becomes alive, and over time these pieces still speak of their creator and of their eras.
Florence Museum Name: La Specola
Type: Art and wax modelling museum
Address: Via Romana, 17; just off Palazzo Pitti/Giardino di Boboli; 055-225190.
Note: The wax collection at this museum is unique in the quantity and beauty of its pieces; it was created in the XVIII century in order to teach anatomy without having to directly observe a cadaver.
Florence Museum Name: Museo di Storia della Fotografia Fratelli Alinari (click here for their website)
Type: Museum of photography and history of photography
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Novella
Note: We believe this is one of the most important photography museums in the world, where not only the most beautiful artistic, historical and cultural photos are exposed, but a reconstruction of the evolution of photography since the XIX century, with all the machines, publicity, paper documents, and other instruments correlated are also featured, which have been fundamental elements in the formation of photography. To experience this museum is also to experience all the educational aspects of photography; the museum indeed also promotes cultural events.
Florence Museum Name: Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza
Type: Glass and scientific instruments
Address: P.zza dei Giudici, 1; 055-2398876.
Note: The Institute hosts glass, scientific and mathematical instruments of Cosimo Il Vecchio, de' Medici and some astronomical instruments that belonged to Galileo Galilei.
Florence Museum Name: Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Type: Art history and architecture research institute
Address: Via G. Giusti, 44; 055-249111.
Note: One of the most ancient art research institutes in Italy. It is based on the principles of Humanism, and for centuries researchers from every part of the world have been studying in one of the largest libraries in Italy, composed of hundreds of thousands of volumes.
Florence Museum Name: Casa Buonarroti
Type: Collection of Michelangelo's drawings and early works.
Address: Via Ghibellina, 70; 055-241752.
Florence Museum Name: Museo della Casa Fiorentina Antica di Palazzo Davanzati
Type: noble residence / everyday life museum
Address: Via Porta Rossa, 13; 055-2388610.
Note: This is one of the best examples of a XIV century noble residence with everyday life elements featured such as furniture, tapestries, beautiful laces, sober decorations and structure, its dining room boasting a small internal window from which the food was pulled up from the kitchen; the bedroom, the bed, the bathroom (a tiny space with a small 'wall container' where a movable container was placed and covered; the content of which was then thrown onto the street below), and the women's shoes, very small, by the way, with wedge heels
Florence Museum Name: Museo della Fondazione Herbert Percy Horne
Type: Museum of customs and habits
Address: Via de' Benci, 6; 055-244661.
Note:for XV and XVI century lovers of everyday life
Florence Museum Name: Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure
Type: Hard Rocks Museum
Address: Via degli Alfani, 78; 055-265111.
Note: The 'pietre dure' workshop was founded by Ferdinando I de' Medici in 1588. Today it is also a specialized restoration workshop.
Florence Museum Name: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
Address: Palazzo Spini Ferroni, P.zza Santa Trinita, 5r; 055-3360456/5.
Note: A collection of thousands of Salvatore Ferragamo originals, creative, colourful shoes, and sketches, books and magazines.
Florence Museum Name: Gipsoteca dell'Istituto Statale d'Arte
Type: Plaster sculpture museum
Address: Piazzale di Porta Romana, 9; 055-244145.
Note: This is one of the most important plaster cast museums in Italy; it includes sculptures dated between the XIV and the XX century, among which are Donatello and ancient Roman works.
Florence Museum Name: Fondazione della Seta Lisio
Type: Precious hand woven textiles preservation, creation and studies
Address: Via B. Fortini, 143; 055-6801340.
Note: This Foundation is dedicated to studying and promulgating the art of textiles and to preserving and creating new precious textiles, such as brocades and velvets, which have been kept in perfect condition since the Renaissance and Baroque times.
Florence Museum Name: Museo Storico della Scagliola
Type: Scagliola pieces
Address: Viale Europa, 115; 055-686118.
Note: The museum contains works dated to between the XVII to the XIX century.