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Explore Accademia Gallery | Museum Halls, Collection, History & More

Witness the artistic prowess of Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Titian at the Accademia Gallery, Florence's jewel box of artistic masterpieces. From the ethereal beauty of "Birth of Venus" to the raw power of "David," prepare to be mesmerized.

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Within the Accademia Art Gallery resides Michelangelo's David, a marvel sculpted from a single block of marble.

Explore the gallery's "Hall of Prisoners," unveiling Michelangelo's unfinished sculptures and illuminating his creative process.

Uncover a trove of musical treasures at the Accademia, boasting an impressive collection of instruments, including Stradivari violins—a hidden delight for music enthusiasts.




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 There are 7 major museum halls at the Accademia

Hall of the Colossus - accademia gallery

Hall of the Colossus

This part of the museum is named after the ancient plaster casts that are housed here. The first thing to see here are the works of Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Perugino, and Botticelli, which you will find on the wall of the entrance itself. On the wall to the left, you will find six exhibits of 15th-century altarpieces that elaborate on the development of the Florentine School of Art. On your right, you will find Giambologna’s plaster cast surrounded by three immensely intricate altarpieces created by Perugino, Raffaellino del Garbo, and Filippino Lippi.

Hall of the Prisoners - accademia gallery

Hall of the Prisoners

Michelangelo's four unfinished male nude sculptures, Prisoners or Slaves is the focal point in this room. Commissioned in 1505 to be a part of a spectacular tomb for Pope Julius II Della Rovere, the work on these sculptures was stopped halfway through due to financial restraints. They were then left out of the plan and thus, remained in Florence. These sculptures are considered to be some of Michelangelo's most expressive works, as they depict human figures struggling to break free from the stone. The hall is dimly lit to create a dramatic atmosphere and draw attention to the intricate details of the sculptures.

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Gipsoteca Bartolini

An integral part of the Accademia Gallery in Florence since 1784, the Gipsoteca Bartolini was created for the students of the Fine Arts Academy. Lorenzo Bartolini, one of the leading professors at the academy, contributed a significant portion of his artwork for the hall. The collection includes plaster models by Bartolini and Luigi Pampaloni, including the Nymph and the Scorpion, Maddalena Penitente, and Ercole e Lica, providing a unique glimpse into the creative process of one of the most important sculptural families of the 19th century and showcases the evolution of Florentine art from the days of New-classicism and Romanticism

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Florentine Gothic

The Accademia Gallery's ground floor concludes with three rooms dedicated to the Giottesque painters and Orcagna and his siblings. The oldest artworks of the gallery, dating back to the 13th century, are housed in the first room. The second room showcases the works of Giotto's followers, who aimed to reintroduce nature into art. Finally, the last room displays the artworks of the di Cione brothers, Andrea, Nardo, Matteo, and Jacopo, as well as some restored pieces. This hall offers visitors the chance to witness the evolution of Florentine art from the pre-Renaissance era to the early 14th century.

Museum Of Musical Instruments - accademia gallery

Museum Of Musical Instruments

The Museum of Musical Instruments has over fifty musical instruments that were once an indispensable part of the Medicean court. This collection includes string and wind instruments, harpsichords, and early forms of the piano like the ‘pianoforte’. a 16th-century spinet, and a rare viola da gamba. The museum also features interactive exhibits, allowing visitors to hear the sound of some of the instruments in the collection. As you tour the hall, you will be privy to the amount of work that went into creating these instruments and gain an insight into the way musical instruments have evolved over time.

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Hall of the Late Gothic

Located on the first floor of the Accademia Gallery in Florence, the hall features a collection of late 14th-century art, focusing on the local religious and spiritual practices during that time. The hall has undergone recent modifications to make it more appealing to visitors. The highlight of the hall is the art commissioned by the Florentine Guilds, which played a significant role in the society of the era. The altarpieces in the hall are particularly noteworthy for their intricate Gothic architecture. Visitors can gain insight into the art and culture of late Gothic Florence as they explore this hall.

The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze is a must-visit spot for art lovers, featuring masterpieces by famous artists like Michelangelo, Giambologna, Lorenzo Bartolini, and his pupil Luigi Pampaloni in The Gipsoteca (loosely meaning training hall). Additionally, the gallery houses pristinely preserved musical antiques donated by the grand dukes of Tuscany, the Medicis, and Lorraines.

Book Tickets to Accademia Gallery - The Rape of the Sabines

The Rape of the Sabines, by Giambologna

Book Tickets to Accademia Gallery - Plaster Casts

Plaster Casts, by Lorenzo Bartolini

Book Tickets to Accademia Gallery - Tree of Life, by Pacino di Buonaguida

Tree of Life, by Pacino di Buonaguida

Book Tickets to Accademia Gallery - Coronation of the Virgin with Saints

Coronation of the Virgin with Saints, by by Giovanni di Marco

The Coronation of the Virgin, by Jacopo di Cione

Madonna of the Sea, by Botticelli

Q. What is the Accademia Gallery?

A. The Accademia Gallery is a renowned gallery of art in Florence. It contains sculptures, paintings, historical records, and a collection of musical instruments from the renaissance and medieval periods. Its most famous work is ‘David’ by Michelangelo.

Q. Do I need tickets to enter the Accademia Gallery in Florence?

A. Yes, entry to the Accademia Gallery requires you to purchase tickets.

Q. Where can I buy tickets for Accademia Gallery?

A. You can purchase tickets for the Accademia Gallery online. View our tickets and select the one most suitable for your needs.

Q. Why is the Accademia Gallery important?

A. The Accademia Gallery in Florence is a gallery of international repute. It houses a significant collection of art, including iconic works such as Michelangelo's David , which allows visitors to witness the evolution of Florentine art from the pre-Renaissance era to the early 14th century.

Q. When was the Accademia Gallery built?

 A. The Gallery of the Academy of Florence was founded in 1789 by Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo as a display of didactic sculptures for students of fine arts to learn from.

Q. Where is the Accademia Gallery located?

A. The Accademia Gallery can be found on the north side of the historic city center of Florence near the Piazza Di San Marco.

Q. What can I see inside the Accademia Gallery?

A. You can choose to see a number of famous sculptures, paintings, musical instruments, and historical archives. Be sure to catch a glimpse of the statue David and Slaves by Michelangelo.

Q. What are the timings for the Accademia Gallery?

A. The Accademia Gallery is open between 8:15 AM to 7:15 PM from Tuesday to Sunday. The last entry to the gallery is 6:15 PM.

Q. When is the Accademia Gallery closed?

A. The Accademia Gallery is closed on 1st January, 1st May, 25th December and on all Mondays.