Archaeological Museum Florence

Archaeological Museum Florence

The rich and precious collections are testimonies of the cultures that laid the foundation upon which the Renaissance could flourish.

Visit northern Italy’s most significant archaeological museum!

Noted in particular for its Egyptian and Etruscan collections, as well as for the Crocetta Palace – the building which has been its home since 1880 – the National Archeological Museum of Florence is well worth a visit. While Florence is usually associated with its importance in medieval times and thereafter, the rich and precious collections preserved at the National Archeological Museum are testimonies of the cultures that laid the foundation upon which the Renaissance could flourish.

  • Admission to the Archaeological Museum is available every 15 minutes.

  • Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice. 

  • Reservations are limited to 30 persons maximum.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Monday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
From June to August, closed on Sundays

Extraordinary openings:
May 1st

Archaeological Museum Audio Guides Rental Service:

Make the most of your visit to the Archaeological Museum – book your Archaeological Museum audio guide, after choosing the date, time and number of tickets for your visit to the Archaeological Museum! Make sure you don't miss important works of art, and supplement what you know with the audio guide's insightful commentary.

  • Audio guides are available in English and Italian.
  • The audio guided visit has a complete duration of 60 minutes and includes a selection of the most important items on display in the Museum. To learn more about the objects and works of art on view, choose the desired room and listen to the explanation of selected works in that room.
  • You will receive a confirmation voucher (valid only for the audio guide) together with the confirmation voucher for your visit to the museum. In order to pick up the audio guide, please deposit this voucher at the ticket counter along with a valid identity document (passports, identity cards or driver's license – only originals are accepted).
  • In case of loss or failure to return the audio guide, visitors will be requested to pay the cost (€ 250.00 per each audio guide).

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The time you select on the order form is your preferred time. The museum or attraction will automatically confirm the closest available time, which can be anytime during opening hours on the selected date, if your preferred time is no longer available.

Cancellation Policy:             
Once a confirmation code has been assigned to your reservation, we can refund the cost of unused tickets, also for no shows, minus a service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).

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National Archaeological Museum of Florence
Inaugurated by king Victor Emmanuel II in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo di Fuligno on via Faenza, the first museum consisted principally of Etruscan and Roman items. The collections grew quickly, and the museum was transferred to the Crocetta Palace on the Via della Pergola in 1880. The Crocetta Palace had originally been built in 1620 for Maria Maddalena de' Medici, daughter of Ferdinand de' Medici.

The heart of the museum's collections were the family collection of the Medici and Lorraine. Up to 1890, items would continue to be transferred from the Uffizi. The Egyptian section came in part from the collections of Pierre Leopold of Tuscany from the first half of the 18th century, and from an 1828 expedition championed by the same Grand Duke. A museum on the topography of the Etruscans was later added, but it was destroyed during the 1966 floods.

Your visit to the Museum starts with the section dedicated to Egyptian arts and the finds of the Paleolithic Age, the prehistoric Egypt about two million years ago. The long history of the Egyptian people and culture is narrated by objects of diverse dating and origins: domestic utensils, beauty instruments, and various items related to the ritual of mummification.

Artifacts relative to the Protodynastic Age follow, representative of the Ancient, Middle, and New Reigns, until the age of Copta (310 BC).

Among the cult objects of this polytheist civilization, the Museum exhibits some fragments of papyrus, which are chapters from the Book of the Dead describing the ritual for the survival of the soul in the afterlife, an exceptional facet of this great people.

The second section of the Museum is dedicated to Etruscan art, beginning with funerary sculpture and terracotta urns. The Mater Matuta is the most important find in room IX: a funerary urn in the shape of a woman with a baby in her arms, symbol of fertility and motherhood. The artifacts were found in Chiusi, Chianciano, and Volterra, and date between the 4th and 7th century BC.

One of the most famous artifacts exhibited in the museum is the Etruscan bronze sculpture of a wounded chimera, dated to the 4th century. The probably sacred object represents a lion with the head of a goat and a serpent's tail.

The Etruscan section also holds a bronze collection rich with devotional objects, domestic utensils, small bronzes of animals and human figures in the act of making offerings. Finally, there is a series of ancient bronze arms for attack (daggers, helmets, knives, and lances) and shields for defense, providing protection for the heart.

The third section is dedicated to the Attica Ceramics: funerary amphorae, geometric cups, and vases from the 8th century BC. Notice the vases painted with the black-figure technique asserted to be from the 6th century BC. Scenes from everyday life as well as mythological images, athletic competitions and races decorate the production of the famous Attic painter Lydòs (560 b.C.).

Between 550 and 530 BC the attention of the Attic ceramicists focused on few personages and dramatic scenes, culminating in the narration of the deeds of courageous heroes. The famous Hidrìa, a vase for drawing water covered with scenes of women at the fountains is a remarkable piece on view in Room II.

A fourth section holds numerous Roman bronzes: portraits, helmets, statues, and masks of noble and valorous heroes. Very important are the two Elogia Arretina, dedicated to Quinto Fabio Massimo and Appio Claudio Cieco: two marble tablets that illustrate the name, career, and the military and political enterprise of the two illustrious Romans.

Particular information is available to the visitor in each room.

>>> March 8, 2017: on the occasion of International Women's Day, state museums and places of culture offer free admission to women. <<<


IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be asked to exhibit a valid identity document at the museum entrance.

Ticket Categories:

Full Price

Reduced Price:
Available only for citizens of the European Union between 18 and 25 years old and European Union teachers.

Free Tickets:

  • Children under 18 years old from any country  (children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Groups of Italian and European schools accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking.
  • Tourist guides with an official document
  • Tourist interpreters accompanying a group with an official document
  • Members of ICOM
  • Students or scholars of all nationalities, engaged in specific research, may apply for special permits for a limited period.

Free access the first Sunday of every month

Groups of Italian and European schools accompanied by their teachers, with official authorization from the school and with an advance booking to be made directly at the museum.


  • Service fees (pre-sale and online booking fees), as well as fees for temporary exhibitions happening during your visit are due for ANY KIND OF TICKET as well as for free admission days.
  • When picking up a reduced or free ticket, you will be asked for a document proving your right to the price reduction. Entrance will be denied without it.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be asked to exhibit a valid identity document at the museum entrance.


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