The museum collects the historical and artistic heritage of the ancient Spedale degli Innocenti, a building designed at the beginning of the 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi, in order to welcome the nocentini, abandoned children, in a complex full of refectories, cloisters and dormitories.
The Art Gallery houses works of art, especially paintings, made between the 14th and the 18th century, such as an “Adorazione dei Magi” by Domenico Ghirlandaio, a “Madonna col Bambino” attributed to Sandro Botticelli, and glazed terracottas by Luca and Andrea della Robbia; on the façade, terracotta roundels represent children in swaddling clothes, showing themselves to the world.
A section of the museum is dedicated to abandoned children’s lives at the Spedale, and it features babies’ small objects left as a mean of identification, called signs.
The rich collection of documents in the Archive shows the life at the Spedale through the centuries.
The Bottega dei ragazzi (Children Workshop) offers activities for children between 3 and 11 with their families, applying the teaching of the Renaissance workshops: “learning by doing”.
The 13th century terrace hosts the Caffè del Verone, a café with a beautiful view, accessible even without the museum ticket.
Museo degli Innocenti
Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12, 50121 Firenze FI, Italia
For people with disabilities or reduced mobility, the museum is accessible from the main entrance and with the use of lifts to reach the floors. The entire museum is accessible and toilets for the disabled are located along the tour route.
The Museo degli Innocenti adheres to the project Museo per tutti, which guarantees the right of culture to people with intellective disabilities, making museums and places with a historic/cultural or naturalistic interest accessible. In this perspective, the museum offers a downloadable support for people with cognitive disabilities.
For general enquiries and questions about accessibility, please send an email to email@example.com or call +39 055 2037308.