Museums - Latest news!  - 2024

Museums - Latest news! - 2024

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 2024, state museums are free for everyone; city museums are also free, but only for residents.

The Baptistery of San Giovanni (Duomo) is now reopened to the public and from February 24th to November 4th 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. 

To visit "Michelangelo's Secret Room", located inside the Medici Chapels, the reservation is mandatory . For information and reservations please contact Opera Laboratori at; +39 055 294883.

On January 19, Orsanmichele, museum and church, reopens to the public with an impressively revised museum layout.

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 2024. The Museo della Moda e del Costume (Fashion and Costume Museum) in Pitti Palace has just reopended (december 2023), while the Porcelain Museum, located on the highest point of the Boboli Gardens is still closed for restoration. 

For those interested in visiting the Brancacci Chapel, it is important to know that restoration work has almost finished. The reopening to the public is announced for May 16th with the usual admission times.

The Specola museum, which is part of the University of Florence's Natural History museum system, has reopened, on February 22nd, after a complete refurbishment.

The Sala del Perugino and the Museo del Bigallo are currently closed, and we still have no definite information about their reopening. 

The Villa Medicea di Careggi, except for a few summer concerts that allowed 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.


Photo credits: Musei Civici Fiorentini