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The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, MAF) displays artifacts and objects from the ancient Egyptians, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans. Some of these artifacts had already come directly into the possession of the Medici from excavations. The museum has been open to the public since 1855. Admission tickets and guided tours can be purchased online in advance to save time on the day of the visit.
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3 Tips for Visiting the National Archaeological Museum

Egyptian sarcophagi | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Enter the museum for free with the ticket for the UffiziWithin five days of purchase, the Galleria degli Uffizi ticket can be used for a one-time free admission to the National Archaeological Museum.
Chimera of Arezzo | Wiki Commons: CC BY 2.5
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Buy tickets onlineIt is recommended to buy your tickets in advance. This way you can avoid queues and make the most of your day in Florence.
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Visit the gardenThe picturesque garden of the historic Palazzo della Crocetta can be visited exclusively on Saturday mornings - guided tours are offered every hour starting at 9:30 am.
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The National Archaeological Museum of Florence

Roman drinking bowls | Wiki Commons: Giovanni Dall'Orto CC BY 2.0

Different Exhibition Areas

Roman Collection

Sculptures and drinking bowls, cameos, gems and coins: the Roman collection of the National Archaeological Museum convinces with its diversity. Also noteworthy are the Idolino Pesaro and the Minerva of Arezzo, two bronze statues based on Greek models.

Greek Collection

Ancient ceramics and sculptures are the focus of this section of the Archaeology Museum. A particular highlight of the Greek exhibits in the MAF is the famous François Vase from the 6th century BC, which was found in Tuscany in 1844.

Etruscan Collection

As early as the 16th century, the Chimaera of Arezzo, an Etruscan bronze statue found its way from the soil of Tuscany into the collection of Cosimo I de' Medici. Like other Etruscan artifacts on display here, it dates from the 5th or 4th century BC.

Museo Egizio

The Egyptian collection of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze is the second largest of its kind in Italy. There are over 14,000 artifacts in nine galleries and two depots. The foundation of this collection is formed by objects from an excavation in 1828 and 1829: Mummies, amulets and statuettes, as well as coffins and Coptic art.

Palazzo della Crocetta - Museum Site

The building that houses the MAF, like so many others, is closely linked to the history of the powerful Medici. It was built in 1620 as a palace for Maria Maddalena de' Medici.
Museo Egizio | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Special Tour for Families

Called Affabulando al Museo Egizio, a special guided tour is offered for children ages 6 to 13, making the 3000-year-old history of the exhibits appealing to the youngest guests.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I plan to spend visiting the museum?

Most tours last around 2 hours. However, a whole morning or afternoon can easily be spent at MAF, as the collections are very extensive. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Wednesday, as well as Saturdays and the first Sunday of the month, the MAF is always open in the morning from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm (last admission 1.15 pm) - in the afternoon it can be visited on Thursday and Friday between 1.30 pm and 7.00 pm, (last admission 6.15 pm). On the other Sundays of the month, as well as on January 1 and December 25, the museum will be closed.

On the second and third Thursdays in June, July and September 2021, MAF will remain open until 10.00 pm.

Tickets:

The full price of an adult ticket is € 8, reduced € 2. Admission for children and young people under 18 is free. The reduced ticket is valid for visitors between 18 and 25 years. The ticket for the Uffizi includes admission to the museum within 5 days from the date of purchase.

COVID-19:

⚠️Currently, the following measures are taken against the coronavirus:
  • Masks are mandatory
  • Limited capacity of 80 people per hour
  • At admission, all guests are subjected to a temperature measurement
  • A distance of 1.5 m must be maintained between visitors at all times

Address:

MAF Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Piazza Santissima Annunziata n. 9b
50122 Florence FI
Italy

How to get there:

MAF is within walking distance of the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station and other major Florence attractions: just a little over 100 meters away, for example, is the Galleria dell'Accademia. Bus lines 1, 6, 10, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 31, 32, 52, 82, and C1 serve the Piazza di San Marco stop. As the center of Florence is a low-traffic zone, travel by car is not recommended.
Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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