Galleria dell'Accademia

Galleria dell'Accademia

With a large collection of sculptures, paintings and musical instruments, the academy gallery is known for housing inside one of the most famous sculptures of all time: Michelangelo's David

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

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 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
  • Booking your ticket in advance: This service costs €4 per person. You can get the tickets online on b-Ticket or by phone: +39 055 294883
  • Going first thing in the morning or just before closing time: 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.

Schedule

From Tuesday to Sunday: 8:15 am until 6:50 pm
Monday: Closed
Closed: 25th December, 1st January, 1st May.

Price

Adults: €8
Young people (aged 18 to 25): €4
Less than 18-year-olds and Seniors (over 65): free entry.
The price might vary when there are temporary exhibitions


Accademia Gallery Guided Tour € 38

Transport

Buses: lines 1 and 17.