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Galleria dell'Accademia

The Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia) is the second most visited museum in Florence after the Uffizi Gallery.  The museum was opened in 1784 so that fine art students would have material to study.

David by Michelangelo

Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze - David by Michelangelo
David by Michelangelo in the Accademia

The Galleria dell'Accademia has become famous worldwide for housing Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David. This white-marble sculpture stands 5,17 meters tall and represents David before his fight with Goliath.

The statue was sculpted between 1501 and 1504 in the Opera del Duomo’s workshop. When it was completed, it was moved to the entrance of the Ponte Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria.

It was placed in the Accademia in 1873 to protect it from adverse weather conditions.

Other remarkable works of art

The Accademia Gallery also features other stunning sculptures by several artists and a large collection of religious paintings. Recently, the museum has also included a permanent collection of old musical instruments.

Is it worthwhile?

If you are an art fan and like sculptures, then the Galleria dell'Accademia is essential.

Skip the lines

The Accademia, like the Uffizi Gallery, has a great number of visitors each day, therefore; there are always endless queues. To avoid these lines, we recommend:

  • Booking a guided tour: The perks of booking a guided tour of the Gallery is that you make the most of your visit by learning interesting facts about the artists and their work and you will also skip the lines. Click here to reserve a guided tour
  • Book the entrance ticket in advance: This service cost 4€ per person. You can get the tickets online on b-Ticket or by phone: +39 055 294883
  • Going at first thing in the morning or just before closing hour: If you don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to be the first in line, we suggest getting to the museum at 5 pm and doing a quick tour of the gallery.


Via Ricasoli, 58-60.

When to visit

From Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15am until 6:50pm
Mondays: closed, 25 December, 1 January and 1 May.


Adults: 8€
Young people (aged 18 to 25): 4€
Less than 18-year-olds: free entry.
The price might vary when there are temporary exhibitions


Buses: lines 1 and 17.


Galleria dell'Accademia, location map

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