Accademia Gallery Florence Tickets

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Opening hours

The museum is open from Tuesday until Sunday from 8.15am- 6.50 pm.

The museum is closed every Monday. It is also closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

The ticket office closes at 6.20pm and the museum starts to close down at 6,40pm.

Ticket office closes at 6:20 pm, and museum starts closing down at 6:40 pm.

How to get there

Walking- in Florence, this is perhaps the easiest option for getting to the museum.

Bus- the ATAF bus service is very efficient and cheap. You need to buy a ticket before getting on a bus and validate your ticket once onboard. Tickets cost just 1 or 2 Euros and last for about 90 minutes of travel time.

Car- using a car is not a good option in this city of narrow streets.  There are several limited travel zones, pedestrian only areas and one-way streets. Driving here is a real headache. Plus, you will not be able to find a parking space.

Taxis- are a good option, especially if you get your hotel to pre-book one for you.

FAQ

What is the ticketing system like and how much does a ticket cost?
There are three types of tickets available full price, reduced price and free. The price differs according to what you want to see with service fees and extra fees being added. The full fare is cheapest when bought online, but these tickets are for a set entry time and are not able to be exchanged. Non-EU citizens aged 18 and over as well as EU citizens over 25 are subject to paying the full fare. (16 Euros) There are no discounts for seniors aged 65 or over. To qualify for a reduced rate ticket you must be aged between 18 and 25, from the EU and carrying your passport to verify this. Anyone under 18 years of age, people with a disability, members of museums or journalists are permitted free entry.
The first Sunday of the month
The first Sunday of each month is free Sunday. Tickets cannot be booked in advance and entry is on first come-first served.
What can I see in the Halls?
Almost everyone visiting the museum heads straight to the magnificent ‘David’ sculpture. If you have longer to spend inside you might like to first visit the less crowded halls. Here you can view other works by Michelangelo including Mannerist painting, view some ancient musical instruments or even fashion from Florence in the 14th century.
The Galleries History
The Accademia Gallery was established in the 18th century as a centre of teaching for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts. The building now housing the gallery was formerly used as the Hospital of Saint Matthew and the Convent of Saint Niccolo’ of Cafaggio, the halls of which were used to display the artwork of the Academy’s students. The Accademia Gallery was enriched by artwork gathered from convents and monasteries as these were suppressed at the end of the 18th century. The original statue of ‘David’ was transferred here in 1873 from the Piazza della Signoria.

Must Know

Hall of the Colossus
This hall was restyled in 2013 and takes its name from a 19th century plaster cast of an ancient statue the Dioscuri of Montecavallo. This statue is no longer displayed in the museum although the centerpiece of this hall includes the 1580 sculpture of Giambologna’s ‘Rape of the Sabines.’ The model is said to express virtuosity with a group of three tightly knit figures carved from a single block of marble. The original is in the Piazza della Signoria.
Hall of the Prisoners
This hall has been used since the 19th century to display paintings from several collections. It was at one time altered to house Michelangelo’s unfinished statues. This created a specific itinerary that culminated in the centre of the Tribune where Michelangelo’s ‘David’ stands beneath a halo-like dome. The Hall is named after four large sculptures known as the ‘Slaves or Prisoners or Captives.’ These sculptures were intended to be used for the tomb of Pope Julius II della Rovere. It was intended to be the most magnificent tomb of Christian times, composed of 40 figures. The sculpture was intended to be used on the lower level of the tomb at the Basilica of St. Peter’s in Rome. Due to a shortage of the funds required the Pope ordered Michelangelo to put the project to one side in 1506.
The Tribune: Michelangelo’s David
Michelangelo’s ‘David’ had stood outside since 1504 and in the 1850s there was concern about the state of conservation towards the sculpture. Emilio de Fabris was commissioned to design a Tribune at the end of the ‘Gallery of Great Paintings’ and ‘David’ would be placed in the centre of the Tribune. The sculpture was due to be in place in 1873 with the sculpture carefully moved inside a wooden crate from the Piazza della Signoria on specially built rails. The Tribune however was not completed and ‘David’ remained outside, stored inside the crate for a period of 9 years.
Gipsoteca Bartolini, a 19th century hall
The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Peter Leopold converted the friary hospital into a gallery in 1784 for the students of the adjoining Academy. Visitors to the Gipsoteca Bartolini will find 19th century plaster casts created by Lorenzo Bartolini, one of the Academy’s greatest sculptors and professors.

Places Nearby

Mercato Nuovo
This is one of Florence’s most unusual marketplaces. In the centre of the ornate loggia is the ‘stone of shame’. It is a place where those in debt were brought for their punishment. This usually meant being spanked on their bare bottom. On the southern side of the loggia is a fountain with a boar made of bronze. Rubbing the snout of this piglet is said to bring you good fortune.
San Miniato al Monte
Florence’s oldest church sits on top of one of its highest hills. The church is full of beautiful art including frescoes, mosaics and floors inlaid with marble. The church is at its most charming in the evening when Benedictine monks celebrate mass with some Gregorian chanting.
Piazza della Repubblica
This square sits on top of one of the city’s oldest sections, the Roman forum. The area was densely inhabited during the Medieval Era and a monument built in 1431, the Colonna dell’ Abbondanza marks the exact centre of that settlement. The square was renovated in the 1800s and today the plaza is known for its luxury shops and outdoor eating places.
Santa Croce Church
Many of Florence’s most famous inhabitants are buried here within the church known as the Temple of the Italian Glories. Santa Croce is the world’s largest Franciscan church and within its 16 chapels containing breathtakingly beautiful works of art lay Michelangelo, Rossini, Galileo and Dante.