Museums - Latest news!

Museums - Latest news!

To plan a visit of Florence means also getting all necessary information about the places of interest. In the section Map, Guide and Multimedia you can download useful guides and updated opening hours of museums, churches and monuments of the city. Nevertheless, before departure, it is important to get informed about some places, which are temporarily closed due to restoration. 

Since April 3, State Museums reopened their doors for free every 1st Sunday of the month!

In April 2022, inside Santa Croce church, the restoration of Bardi Chapel, painted by Giotto (scenes of Saint Francis’ life) has started. These works will last 3 years, during which the frescoes cannot be visited.

Due to restauration, the Baptistery will be closed for maintenance works until December 18. Orsanmichele Museum will close on December 12 and reopen on September 2023; Orsanmichele Church will stay open longer until January 12, then it will reopen only in September with the museum.

During December, some restrictions to the visit of Palazzo Vecchio will apply. The Elements Room will be closed on December 13 (3.00-5.00pm), 14 (9.00am-7.00pm), 15 (9.00am-2.00pm), 17 (10.30-12.30pm). Doors closed to the Arnolfo Tower December 18; the Hall of the five hundred will close at 5.00pm on December 14 and will be closed all day long on December 21.

Vasari Corridor, one of the most popular attractions among the artistic treasures of Florence. Since 2016, the corridor has been closed to the public in order to undergo essential refurbishments and a new set-up: we expect it to reopen from 2022! The Museo della Moda e del Costume (Fashion and Costume Museum) in the Pitti Palace and the Porcelain Museum on the highest point of the Boboli Gardens are also being refurbished.

For those interested in visiting the Brancacci Chapel, this beautiful site will be closed until the end of January 2022, in order to prepare for the restoration of the works of art by Masolino and Masaccio.  However, don’t lose hope! The set-up of scaffolding is done, so visitors will be able to climb up and admire the frescoes from a short distance. Visits will start form February 4 (Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1 to 5pm) and reservation is required: ph. +39 055 2768224, bigliettimusei.comune.fi.it or cappellabrancacci@musefirenze.it.

Two science museums are now closed to the public: La Specola and Mineralogy and Lithology, belonging to the Natural History Museum of the University of Florence. A long work of restoration and redevelopment is taking place at the Palazzo Bini Torrigiani, traditionally hosting La Specola. The new museum will include multiple collections: zoology, mineralogy and lithology, anatomical waxworks (whose collection is going to be enlarged), mammals, ornithology, botanic and more. We have no precise date for reopening, but according to rumors, 2023 could be the good year. In the meantime, it is worth suggesting visitors to explore the exhibition Natura Collecta, Natura Exhibita at the Salone Donatello, inside the Basilica di San Lorenzo, where some of the pieces belonging to La Specola collection have been displayed.

Finally, other museums are still closed since the pandemic started: Museo Horne, Museo del Bigallo and Sala del Perugino, but we don’t have precise information about their reopening. The Medici Villas have reopened, except a couple of them. At the Villa Medicea di Careggi, excluding some summer concerts in the garden, renovation works will probably continue until 2024.

A new museum has been recently inaugurated, Hzero, the Model Railway Museum, located in the nearbys of Santa Maria Novella Novella.