Tuscany is home to a great number of museums, which has several masterpieces by the biggest artists of all time. According to your interests in art, history and sculpture – Tuscany has all these things spanning across eras and periods. Explore the list of the famous museums in Tuscany that you can’t miss on your trip.
Bargello National Museum
Bargello Museum is one of the most remarkable museums in Tuscany having a great collection of Renaissance sculptures and art works. Situated in the striking Palazzo del Bargello, it is housed in a fortress with influential embattlements surrounding the austere facade. One can see here numerous significant Renaissance sculptures and masterpieces of the minor arts from varying periods, including masterpieces by Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo and Cellini. The museum features splendid collected works of bronzes, wax, enamels, furniture, ivories, metals, seals, tapestries and textiles. Bargello also houses many sculptures for Renaissance art lovers.
Situated within the evocative medieval Tower Minucci, Alabaster Museum displays a collection of works, instruments and materials. Through this museum, you can know that how the stone is found and used to develop Alabaster using different tools. There is an authentic and old workshop too in this museum. Explore that how the alabasters was worked traditionally. The museum offers you great information about the qualities, methods and forms of artisan products produced.
Pitti Palace Museums
Pitti Palace has several museums housing some of the rarest collections of the art and craft works. On the first floor of Pitti Place, there is Palatine Gallery. It displays a wide collection 16th and 17th century paintings. Royal Apartments of the palace demonstrates furnishings from the 19th century. There is a Silver Museum displaying a great collection of Medici household treasures. Gallery of Modern Art is located on the top floor of the palace, displaying an assortment of 19th and 20th century Tuscan paintings.
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Museo dell’Opera del Duomo literally means Museum of the Works of the Cathedral. It is a museum housing several unique works of art created for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Situated east of the Duomo, close its apse, the museum was opened in 1891. It now houses one of the most significant collections of sculpture in the whole world. There are many important aspects of this museum that one can explore.
National Archaeological Museum
National Archaeological Museum of Florence is an archaeological museum, which is located in a palace built in 1620 for Princess Maria Maddalena de’ Medici – daughter of Ferdinand I de Medici. The inauguration of the museum was done in the presence of King Victor Emmanuel II in 1870. The museum only used to have Etruscan and Roman remains at that time. The collections grew with the time and later on it shifted to its current building.
Founded by Frederick Stibbert, Stibbert Museum is located on the hill of Montughi in Florence. The museum displays more than 36,000 artifacts, including a huge collection of body armors from Eastern and Western civilizations. Frederick Stibbert dedicated his whole life in collecting historic objects, antique items and various artifacts and made his villa a museum. Most of the walls of the museum are wrapped in leather and tapestries and its rooms are loaded with artifacts. There are life size paintings and portraits being displayed in every room. One can also see here precious furniture, porcelains, Tuscan crucifixes, Etruscan relics and apparel worn by Napoleon I of France.