Bronze statue of Hypnos (1st century AD) at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Bronze statue of Hypnos (1st century AD) | photo by Carole Raddato via Flickr

National Archaeological Museum of Florence

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Specialisation
Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman artefacts
Tip
Don’t miss the bronze Chimera of Arezzo from 400 BC, one of the best known examples of Etruscan art

The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze) is one of the oldest museums of its kind in Italy. It holds Etruscan, Greek and Roman collections, and houses the Egyptian Museum, the second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in Italy, after that in Turin.

The museum was inaugurated in 1870 by King Victor Emmanuel II, soon after which it needed to be relocated due to lack of space to its current location Palazzo della Crocetta, a palace built in 1620 for princess Maria Maddalena de’ Medici, sister of Cosimo II de’ Medici.

Large parts of the Etruscan, Greek and Roman collections were collected the Medici and Lorraine families. Also the Egyptian artefacts are partly from the collection of the Medici, but most of them have been brought to Florence by the 1828-29 Franco-Tuscan Expedition to Egypt, supported by Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Charles X, King of France. The expedition was led by Jean-François Champollion, the decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs and a founding figure in the field of Egyptology, and the artefacts brought back were equally divided between the Louvre in Paris and Florence.

Practical Information

Address
Piazza Santissima Annunziata 9b, Florence, Italy
Phone
+39 055 294 883
Website
Opening Times
Monday 08:30 - 14:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 19:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 19:00
Thursday 08:30 - 19:00
Friday 08:30 - 19:00
Saturday 08:30 - 14:00
Sunday 08:30 - 14:00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing time.

Closed on 1 January, 1 May, 25 December. In July and August the museum is closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday

Facilities
  • Cloakroom for bags and backpacks
  • Bookshop

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Past Exhibitions

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Il Mondo Che Non C’era

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