10 Best Museums in Florence

The city of Florence has a number of museums of great artistic value that top international lists of the best in the world. I'll tell you which ones you should see on your trip.

María Cano

María Cano

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10 Best Museums in Florence

Inside the Museum in Florence | ©Alessandro Castiglioni

It is known as the city with more works of art per square meter in the world and it is not for less, since the city of Florence has an important number of museums. Many of them are a must, such as the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia Gallery, but there are also other very important ones that you should not overlook. Below, I indicate which ones you can not miss on your trip, their schedules, prices and all the information of interest you need to know.

And if you are looking for other leisure proposals, read the post what to see and do in Florence and know all the possibilities.

1. Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery| ©Andres Alvarado
Uffizi Gallery| ©Andres Alvarado

The Uffizi Gallery is undoubtedly the most important museum in Florence, as well as the most visited both in the capital of Tuscany and Italy in general. In this art gallery, located in the Piazzale degli Uffizi, you can see paintings of great artistic value such as:

  • 'The Birth of Venus' and 'The Spring' by Botticelli.
  • The Portrait of the Dukes of Urbino' by Piero della Francesca
  • 'The Virgin of the Goldfinch' by Raphael
  • 'Judith beheading Holofernes' by Artemisia Gentileschi
  • 'The Venus of Urbino' by Titian
  • 'Tondo Doni' by Michelangelo
  • Bacchus' by Caravaggio

The estimated duration of the visit is a minimum of three hours. Regarding the opening hours, the art gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm, so my recommendation is that you go early in the morning. The price is from 20 €, although you can consider taking a guided tour to see all the works in depth.

  • Price... From 20€.
  • Hours... From 8:15 am to 6:30 pm.

Book your tickets to the Uffizi Gallery

2. Accademia Gallery

Galleria dell'Accademia entrance| ©Mongolo1984
Galleria dell'Accademia entrance| ©Mongolo1984

After the Uffizi, the Accademia Gallery is the second most visited museum in Florence. The temple that houses the 'David', the most famous work of Michelangelo. But it also houses other works of great artistic value such as:

  • `The Rape of the Sabine Women' by John of Bologna.
  • Venus and Cupid' by Jacopo da Pontormo,
  • The Madonna and Child, St. John and the two angels' by Sandro Botticelli
  • 'The Tree of Life' by Pacino di Buonaguida
  • Painted Cross with the Madonna and St. John' by Bernardo Daddi
  • Michelangelo's**'The Prisoners'**.

The Accademia Gallery is located in Via Ricasoli and tickets are priced from 20 € for adults and 2 € for young people aged 18 to 25 years. The visiting hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 6:45 pm.

  • Price... From 20€.
  • Schedule... From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 h. to 18:45 h.

Book tickets for the Gallery of the Academy

3. Pitti Palace

Pitti Palace| ©Nathan Rupert
Pitti Palace| ©Nathan Rupert

The Palazzo Pitti is located south of the Arno River and is a Renaissance style building that for years was the place of residence of families of great influence for the history of the city of Florence as the Medici and Pitti.

Inside it houses a number of museums such as the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Silver Museum, the Museum of Costumes and the Museum of Porcelain. The entrance fee starts at 10€ and the opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 am to 6:30 pm.

On your visit I recommend that you also take the opportunity to explore the Boboli Gardens discover all its corners and contemplate its statues, fountains and grottoes. They have an area of over four square kilometers and are open every day of the week from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. - 19 h. depending on the time of the year you visit them. The entrance fee starts at 16€ for adults.

  • Price... From 16€.
  • Hours... Tuesday to Sunday from 8:15 h. to 18:30 h.

Book tickets to the Pitti Palace Gallery

4. Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio| ©Hannes Hiller
Palazzo Vecchio| ©Hannes Hiller

The Palazzo Vecchio is located in Piazza della Signoria and is a building designed in the early fourteenth century by the architect Arnolfo di Cambio. The most characteristic feature is its tower of more than 90 meters high built between 1299 and 1344.

Among its most famous rooms are the Stanza delle Mappe geografiche and the Sala del Cinquecento which also has the title of being the largest room in Florence with a size of 54 meters long by 22 meters wide and a height of 17 meters high. Inside the Palace you will have the opportunity to see works by various artists such as Domenico Ghirlandaio, Bronzino or Giorgio Vasari.

The Palazzo Vecchio is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Thursdays when the opening hours are reduced from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

  • Price... From 27€.
  • Schedule... Every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Thursday from 9 h. in the morning until 14 h. in the afternoon.

Book a guided tour of Palazzo Vecchio

5. National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Inside the National Archaeological Museum of Florence| ©Sailko
Inside the National Archaeological Museum of Florence| ©Sailko

The National Archaeological Museum of Florence is located in the Palazzo della Crocetta, in Piazza Santissima Annunziata, one of the most beautiful squares in the city of Florence.

This museum houses a very important collection of Etruscan art, in which pieces such as 'The Chimera' stand out. In addition, in this museum is the second most important collection of Egyptian art in Italy.

  • Price... From 4€.
  • Hours... Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 am to 7 pm and Sundays from 8:30 am to 2 pm.

Book tickets for the National Archaeological Museum

6. Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Leonardo da Vinci Museum| ©Brian Shamblen
Leonardo da Vinci Museum| ©Brian Shamblen

Leonardo da Vinci is a figure closely linked to the history of Florence. In fact, in the heart of Florence, there are two museums that delve into the life and work of this artist, inventor and scientist who was a forerunner of his time.

On the one hand, there is the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci, which was promoted in the 1960s by Carlo Niccolai. The artist decided to create by hand and on a large scale, from his codices, a complete collection of Leonardo's machines. To do so, he had the support of several academics who helped him to decipher the artist's notes.

  • Price... From 8€.
  • Hours... Summer: From 9:30 am to 7:30 pm; Winter: Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm and Sundays from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm.

And, on the other hand, there is the Interactive Museum of Leonardo, which also includes reproductions of Leonardo's inventions. In this case, it is divided into four thematic areas. In addition, it houses a collection of geographical tables.

  • Price... From 8€.
  • Hours... Summer: From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Winter: Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7. National Museum of the Bargello

National Museum of Bargello| ©RH&XL
National Museum of Bargello| ©RH&XL

The Museo Nazionale del Bargello houses the largest collection of Italian Renaissance sculptures from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. Located in the Palazzo del Bargello, it opened to the public in 1865 and is worth a visit for the decoration and architecture of the building.

On your visit you can also see a repertoire of Medici medals and a military collection with weapons and armor. The Sala di Donatello is one of its most famous rooms and houses an important collection of works by the artist. Regarding the visiting hours, it is open every day of the week from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the entrance fee is from 10€ per adult.

  • Price... From 10€.
  • Hours... Every day of the week from 8:15 am to 5 pm.

8. Galileo Museum

Galileo Museum| ©Elias Rovielo
Galileo Museum| ©Elias Rovielo

The Galileo Museum is located in Piazza dei Giudici and is also known as the Museum of the History of Science, since it houses an important collection of scientific instruments such as Galileo's first telescope, an experimental object, thermometers of the Academy of the Foundation and various astronomical, optical, mathematical and navigational devices. It also has a library with 150,000 works and a multimedia laboratory.

The Galileo Museum is an essential visit for science lovers and is open from Monday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 6 pm. The price is from 9€ and from 5,5€ the reduced ticket.

  • Price... From 9€.
  • Opening hours... Every day of the week from 9:30 am to 6 pm.

9. Stefano Bardini Museum

Stefano Bardini Museum| ©valéria noleto
Stefano Bardini Museum| ©valéria noleto

The Stefano Bardini Museum is located in Via dei Renai and has a collection of over 3,500 pieces including paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, ceramics, medals, coins, armor and even furniture, ranging from Roman times to the eighteenth century. Some of the most outstanding works are the 'Madonna of Cordai' by Donatello, the 'Carità de Tino' di Camaino, the 'Porcellino' by Petro Tacca and 'San Michele Arcangelo' by Antonio del Pollaiolo.

  • Price... From 7€.
  • Hours... From 11 am to 5 pm.

10. Casa Di Dante Museum

Casa Di Dante Museum| ©Sailko
Casa Di Dante Museum| ©Sailko

The Museo Casa Di Dante is located in Via Santa Margherita and pays homage to the author of the 'Divine Comedy', Dante Alighieri. Each floor focuses on one of the periods of the artist's work. Thus, on the second floor there are objects, drawings, documents and maps of Florence from his childhood to his youth; the second floor focuses on the time he lived in exile after being ambassador to Florence and you can see illustrations of this period. The third floor brings together paintings of the poet from the eleventh century by artists such as Raphael, Andrea Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Giotto.

  • Price... From 8€.
  • Opening hours... In summer: Every day of the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer months. Winter: Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.