Museums - Latest news!  - 2023

Museums - Latest news! - 2023

If you are planning a visit to Florence, it is essential to know the timetables of the main 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. 

Every first Sunday of the month, also for 2023, state museums are free for everyone; city museums are also free, but only for residents.

Casa di Dante  Museum will be closed from 20 February to 2 March.

From 20 to 24 February 2023, the Medici Chapels Museum will be closed due to urgent maintenance work.

The Baptistery of San Giovanni (Duomo) is now reopened to the public and from 24 February to 4 November it will be possible to climb up onto the scaffolding of the restoration site to admire the 13th-century mosaics from up close. Visits in Italian on Friday (5 pm) and Saturday (3.30 pm). In English, also on Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. Online bookings are already active. Cost: € 65 per person.

In April 2022 began the restoration of Bardi Chapel, painted by Giotto (scenes of Saint Francis’ life) inside Santa Croce church, so guided tours of the frescoes won't be possible throughout the duration of the work. 

Latest news on the Orsanmichele complex: the museum and church will be closed until 22 September 2023.

Vasari Corridor is 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 by 2023. The Museo della Moda e del Costume (Fashion and Costume Museum, reopening during 2023) and the Porcelain Museum, located on the highest point of the Boboli Gardens (Pitti Palace),  are also being refurbished. After the restoration is completed the Boboli Gardens' Kaffehaus  is expected to be inaugurated in spring 2023.

For those interested in visiting the Brancacci Chapel, it is important to know that restoration work has begun.  The good news is that during this period visit is possible by climbing up onto the scaffolding, in order to admire Masaccio's and Masolino's masterpieces at close quarters: : visits started on 4 February 2022 (Friday, Saturday, Monday10am-5pm; Sunday1pm-5pm) aand reservation is required: ph. +39 055 2768224, or

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 underway at the Palazzo Bini Torrigiani, traditionally hosting La Specola. In addition to the zoology collection, the museum will also house the mineralogy and lithology collections, the anatomical waxes (the display of which will be further expanded), the botanical and naturalistic collections, the ornithological collection and the mammal collection.  We have no precise date for reopening, but according to rumors, 2023 might be the year. 

The Museo Horne, the Museo del Bigallo and the Sala del Perugino are also currently closed, and we still have no definite information about their reopening. Medici Villas  have almost all reopened, with the only exception of the Villa Medicea di Careggi which, with the occasional summer concerts allowing the public access to the garden, will probably only see the end of restoration work in 2024.

Some new museums have recently been opened in Florence: Hzero, the Model Railway Museum with an imposing model and miniature trains in motion, and the Museum of Russian Icons in the Pitti Palace.  MUNDI, the National Museum of the Italian Language, after a preview a few months ago, should officially open around mid-2024.

For up-to-date information on museum opening hours check this link