Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Overview

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze or the National Archeological Museum of Florence is one of the oldest and famous archeological museums of Italy. This state museum has a colossal collection of artifacts from the Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Etruscan epochs. You can also attend the temporary exhibitions organized in the museum to learn more about world history and ancient civilisations. 

The Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze is one of the main tourist attractions of Florence. Take a tour to the first and second floors of the museum to explore and learn more about the collections of each of the sections. During its inauguration by King Vittorio Emanuel in 1870, it was located in the Cenacolo di Fuligno, in via Faenza.

It used to have an excellent collection of Roman, Etruscan and Greek artifacts until 1885, when the Egyptian museum was also set up in the same location. As the accommodation of the huge collection of artifacts became difficult, it was transferred to Palazzo della Crocetta, its present location. This relocated museum has the second-largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Italy.

The museum houses some notable pieces of artifacts which serve as important elements of research on the different eras of world history. It is also designed in such a way that it attracts people of all age groups and also has copies of notable artifacts for the visually impaired to touch and explore them in detail. 


• Explore the Etruscan artifacts and learn more about the history and life of the people who populated the Maremma.
• Take a stroll through the unique and beautiful ‘Necropolis Garden’ and admire its traditional Florentine architecture and seasonal blossoms. 
• Take a look at the several artifacts and statues of the Roman Era to gain knowledge about their history and traditions.  
• Take a tour to the huge Egyptian section of the museum to know more about mummies, amulets, statuettes and the common practices of the ancient Egyptians. 
• You can also gain deep knowledge about the history of the Greeks and their ancient lifestyle and cultures
• Apart from the Etruscans, Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, you can also study about other ancient civilisations such as Paleoveneti, Villanoviani, Renaissance and High Middle Ages. 
• Admire the brilliance of the design of the coins of the different civilisations in the numismatics section. 

How To Reach

By Bus- Line 23, 14, 6, 31 and 32 take you to the museum from Santa Reparata stop in almost 3mins.

By Car- you can take cars from the center of the city of Florence to reach the museum in less than 5 mins. 

By Walk- The Museo Archeologico Nazionale Firenze is almost at a distance of 2 km from the center of Florence, so you can take a walk of 20-25 mins to reach the destination by foot. 

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the museum is during the early hours of the day to avoid the rush of the crowd in the late hours. 

Other Essential Information

Location: Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b- 50122, Florence, Italy

Timings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and first Sunday of the month- 8:30  am to 2:00 pm 

Thursday, Friday- 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Closing Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Sunday of the month, 25th December and 1st January

Last admission time- 45 minutes before the closing time

Tips To Visit Museo Archeologico Nazionale Di Firenze:

  1. Book your tickets in advance to skip the long queue.
  2. You are given free entry into the museum within your 5 days of purchase of the Uffizi Gallery tickets.
  3. Free entry is given on the first Sundays of the month from October to March. 
  4. A group of maximum of 5 are allowed so plan your visit accordingly .
  5. A few books are available on Amazon about the museum that you can purchase and read before your visit to the museum to get a better understanding. 
  6. Eatables are not allowed inside the museum so make sure to have your stomach full before entering. 
  7. Maintain the decorum of the museum and stay away from shouting, running or crowding inside the museum. 

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Point of Interest for Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze
The Etruscan Artifacts

The Etruscan Artifacts

This collection has been restored in the year 2000 and has both English and Italian displays. The several ancient pieces present in the museum reveal the excellent workmanship and skills of the Etruscan artisans. The most notable artifact is the ‘Chimera’ which is a bronze- fire breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat’s body and a serpent’s tail. 

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The Roman Artifacts

The Roman Artifacts

Take a tour around this well lighted spacious section of the museum to have a look at the beautiful artifacts dating back to the Roman era. Numerous large and small pieces are exhibited here which tell a lot about the lives of the Romans. 

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The Egyptian Artifacts

The Egyptian Artifacts

 The Egyptian Museum of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze is huge and is the second largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in Italy. It has some most noteworthy artifacts which includes an authentic Egyptian War Chariot made up of bones and wood. Apart from it, you will also find a fine exhibit of mummies, amulets, bronze statuettes, etc.

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The Greek Artifacts

The Greek Artifacts

 You can find some of the best pieces from the Greek era in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze. While walking around the hall of the Greek collection, you can notice a stone torso of an athlete with detailings in it. The large Hellenistic horse’s head and the large black figure krater will surely grab your attention. 

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Necropolis Garden

Necropolis Garden

Known as the ‘ameno’, this garden is a classic example of the formal mannerist Italian gardens. This garden is only open on Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and is a must visit, so plan your visit accordingly. You can get a view of the garden and its mesmerizing seasonal blossoms from the first floor gallery over the Etruscan museum. 

Other collections

Other collections

Apart from the Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Estucian artifacts, the museum also has an excellent collection of historical pieces from other time periods such as Paleoveneti, Villanoviani, Anatolia, Renaissance and High middle ages. 

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