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 “Innocenti”, abandoned children, in a complex full of refectories, cloisters and dormitories.
The Gallery of the Spedale 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 della Robbia; on the façade, terracotta roundels made by Andrea della Robbia, 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.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
The Museum is completely accessible for people in wheelchairs, with toilets for the disabled. The staff will help and provide safe access.