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Let’s Visit the Academy Gallery in Florence

What is one of the most important museums in Florence? The Accademia Gallery !!! It should definitely be part of your itinerary !! In this post you will find lots of tips and information with history, tickets, hours and even more.


Let’s Visit the Academy Gallery in Florence

Most people who visit Florence arrive with the thought of finally meeting Michelangelo’s David and when they figure out that the statue displayed in Piazza della Signoria (Lordship Square), in front of Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace), is a replica, it is a total disappointment! And here comes the unending question: where is the original David made by the greatest sculptor of all time, Michelangelo Buonarroti? Easy question to answer: at the Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery) in Florence. Let’s go to our Post of the day: Visit the Accademia Gallery in Florence? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

1) Let’s Visit the Academy Gallery in Florence: LEARN ITS HISTORY

The Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery) was founded in the second half of the 18th century as an Accademia de Belas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts), where the works that belonged to some churches which were desecrated, together with a part of the private collection of the Médici and Lorenas family (family that ruled Florence after the death of the last Grand Duke Mediceo) served as models for new artists, students of Fine Arts to study and copy and thus learn from the great artists of the past. At the end of the 19th century, it was decided that David, who until then was in Piazza della Signoria (Lordship Square), should be musealized for reasons of protection and conservation. After several options, it was decided that part of the Accademia de Belas Artes would be transformed into a museum in order to be the new “home” of the famous sculpture. Read also What are the 10 must-see sights in Florence?

2) Let’s Visit the Academy Gallery in Florence: VISIT THE MUSEUM COLLECTION AND ITS ROOMS

The Galleria dell’Accademia (Accademia Gallery) collection: The Galeria dell ‘Accademia (Accademia Gallery) houses many important works and thousands of tourists visit the museum each year especially to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces, among them the Slaves, Saint Matthew, Palestrina Pietà and, above all, the magnificent statue of David, located in the Tribune that was built specifically to accommodate it after his transfer from Piazza della Signoria (Lordship Square).

Florentine artists

The other rooms of the museum are home to important works by great Florentine artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino, Allessando Allori and Orcagna, just to name a few.

Museum of Musical Instruments

The most recent section of the Accademia houses the Museum of Musical Instruments, where old instruments that belonged to the Medici family and the Lorenas are displayed, including some instruments by Stradivari and Bartolomeo Cristofori, inventor of the piano.

Useful Information for visiting the Accademia Gallery in Florence

If your time is limited in Florence, to avoid the long queues at the box office, especially at the busiest stations, it is recommended to buy entrance tickets in advance, in addition to, of course, booking your guided tour of the museum and discovering the masterpieces, together with a personal guide.


  • Open: From Tuesday to Sunday from 08:15 am to 06: 50 pm.
  • Closed: Every Monday, January 1st, December 25th and May 1st.
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