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Bargello Museum Florence

Statues in the Bargello National Museum in Florence

Bargello museum Florence

The Museo Nazionale del Bargello is, after the Uffizi, the most important and national museum of Florence (Firenze). The palace contains many sculptures.

Info Bargello National Museum Florence

Location Via del Proconsolo, 4 Firenze
Tickets
  • Adults 8.00 € (Book Bargello tickets)
  • 8 - 25 years 2.00 € and children 0 to 17 years free
  • Audioguide 6.00 €

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Hours
  • Wednesday to Monday open from 8:45 am - 1:30 pm (last entry 12:50 pm)
  • Closed on Tuesday
  • Closed on 11 and 25 October, 8 and 22 November, 6 and 20 December
Website Official website

The Museo Nazionale del Bargello

The Bargello museum is the most important museum in Florence after the Uffizi Gallery. It is housed in the former Palazzo del Bargello, where Florence's city magistrate resided. It was built in 1255 by Di Cambio's father. The palace consists of several floors and a 54 meter high clock tower, which was to warn the Florentines in case of danger. In the 16th century, the building served as the seat of the council of justice and the police and as a prison until 1857.

Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Bargello National Museum

The national museum

In 1865 the palace was renovated and the museum was established in the building. This made it one of the first national museums in Italy. The museum mainly has sculptures by big names such as Michelangelo, Ghiberti and Donatello. In addition, you will find enamel and ivory artifacts as well as weapons, jewelry and tapestries. The museum consists of three floors.

The Michelangelo Room

In the Michelangelo Room, which suffered enormous damage in 1966 and subsequently had to be restored, you will find three different works by Michelangelo. The most famous is the tipsy god Bacchus. This is Michelangelo's first free-standing work. There is also a bust of Brutus, the only bust Michelangelo ever made. Finally, you will find a relief of Mary and child. You can also find names like Cellini and Giambologna here.

Museo Nazionale del Bargello
Bargello Museum Florence

Salone del Consiglio

The Salone del Consiglio used to be a courtroom, but now contains early Renaissance sculptures. The most famous is Donatello's Saint George and his androgynous David, the first Western naked image since Antiquity. Other participants of the competition for the bronze doors of Florence's Baptistery (near the Duomo) can also be found in this room. Behind the Salone you will find a room with carpets, pottery, silver and other refined art objects.

Salone del Camino

The Salone del Camino is the museum's most famous room on the second floor. Here you will find the smallest bronze statues in Italy. This collection includes replicas of antique models and Renaissance statues. Names such as Giambologna and Cellini can be found in this room.


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