Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Overview

Also known as the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze is one of the best and oldest museums of its kind in Italy. It dates back to the year 1870 when it was inaugurated by King Vittorio Emanuele. During the 19th century, the museum was located at the Cenacolo di Foligno and was home to a significant collection of Etruscan, Roman and Greek artefacts and objects which were collected from the Lorraine and Medici collections located in the Uffizi.

The Egyptian Museum was also set up here in 1855, and by the year 1880, the original location of the Archaeological Museum did not have enough space to house all the expanding collections here, which resulted in the museum being moved to the Palazzo Della Crocetta. As of today, you can avail the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Venezia Biglietti and explore numerous collections housed in the different sections within the museum. This includes the Etruscan, Roman, Greek, Egyptian and Numismatic sections, among others.


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The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum

One of the best collections to access your Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Tickets is the Egyptian collection, which is housed in the Egyptian Museum and is one of the oldest collections of its kind in Italy. The museum is home to an extensive selection of treasures, from canopy vases and sarcophagi to statues, mummies, carved slabs as well as a wooden chariot dating back to the times of Tutankhamun’s reign.


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The Chimera of Arezzo
The Chimera of Arezzo

Located in the famous Etruscan section is the Chimera of Arezzo, one of the most popular artefacts of the museum. The bronze statue is said to date back to 1500, and was found and sold in Arezzo. It features a lion’s body and head, in addition to the head of a goat on the back, as well as the tail of a serpent.


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The Orator
The Orator

Another one of the highlights of the Etruscan Section that you can admire with the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Tickets is the bronze statue of the Orator or Arringatore. The statue shows a man dressed in a traditional Roman toga, with fine sandals, and is shown raising his arm as if he is silencing a room. According to the clothes and pose of the statue, it is believed to date back to the 2nd century BC.


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Larthia Seianti Sarcophagus
Larthia Seianti Sarcophagus

This sarcophagus is that of Larthia Seianti, who was a rich woman from a southern Tuscany area called Chiusi. This woman was buried in an amazing sarcophagus, which shows here on a bed used by Etruscans during traditional banquets. She is also buried with colourful clothes and striking jewellery. You can also find other personal objects like clips, perfume holders and more alongside her sarcophagus.


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Amazons' Sarcophagus
Amazons' Sarcophagus

Another major highlight of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze Tickets is the Amazons Sarcophagus. This is a tomb specifically dedicated to the Amazons and is located in the Etruscan section. The tomb gets its name from the painting done on all of its four sides, which shows a battle between men and the Amazons, who are the women warriors in Greek mythology.


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The Pesaro “Idolino”
The Pesaro “Idolino”

This is a roman bronze statue that was discovered in the Pesaro region in 1500 and shows a naked youth in a pose that is rather similar to that of traditional Greek statues. It is believed that the statue is that of Bacchus, the god of wine. However, many argue that the statue is simply that of a young man who is holding a vine.


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The François Vase
The François Vase

The François Vase is arguably the most famous Greek vase in the whole world, and dates back to the 19th century when it was discovered in a tomb near Chiusi. It is a large krater type of vase which was used to contain a large amount of wine during banquets in the ancient eras.


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The Minerva of Arezzo
The Minerva of Arezzo

The large Etruscan statue of the Minerva of Arezzo was discovered in 1541 and was then acquired by Cosimo I de Medici. The statue is that of the goddess of war and wisdom, and is hollow, made using the technique of melted wax.


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The Archaeological Garden
The Archaeological Garden

The Archaeological Garden is one of the most serene attractions in the Archaeological Museum of Florence, where you can catch sights of various funeral monuments used by the Etruscans, from a tumulus and chamber to dado tombs and more. The garden dates back to between 1619 and 1620.


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Address : MAF, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Piazza Santissima Annunziata n. 9b, 50122 Florence Fl, Italy Opening hours : Monday to Wednesday, the First Sunday of every month: 08:30 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday: 02:00 p.m. to 07:00 p.m. Closing Day : January 1st, May 1st, December 25th, Sundays (except the first Sunday of the month)


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    You must visit Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze since it is one of the oldest museums of its kind in all of Italy, and is home to thousands of treasures and artefacts from ancient civilisations. It is in this museum where you can take a walk back in time, and learn about the stories of how the different objects were found, acquired and displayed here.

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