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Museo degli Innocenti

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Address: Piazza Santissima Annunziata 13, 50122, Florence, Italy (Formerly Ospedale degli Innocenti)
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+39 848 082 380
10:00 - 19:00
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Museum about Foundling Children

This museum presents centuries of history relating to the care, support and education of relinquished Italian children. The poignant stories of these children and their families... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Canberra, Australia
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum here is excellent with superb interpretation of history as well as architecture. The stories about abandoned children and the numbers given to the nuns over the years seen via timelines was larger than imagined. The social service mission of this order is impressive. The Andrea della Robia terracotta roundels of the "bastarditi" are famous and a later addition... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum presents centuries of history relating to the care, support and education of relinquished Italian children. The poignant stories of these children and their families and the evolution of the type of care they were given throughout the last five centuries is beautifully shown. It is modern and incorporates audiovisual displays housed in the ancient buildings. As others have... More 

Thank Autumn4me
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Foundling Hospital is set in a lovely square away from most of the tourist haunts. Excellent displays tell the stories of the abandoned babies, a beautiful building, some superb art and a loggia with restaurant at the top.

Thank Ulsterwoman
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this terrific museum today and felt like I almost had it to myself. It has recently been reopened after renovations and it is well designed and has good English information explaining how a benevolent institution has coped with caring for abandoned and orphaned babies over the centuries. It also has some great artwork (although to be honest I... More 

Thank JanM454
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered this museum by accident and found its history fascinating. It began as a foundling hospitalin 15th century where children could be abandoned anonymously. The children seem to have been well looked after and many went on to be apprenticed to the painters and sculptures flourishing in Floence at the time. Gradually it became transformed into a regular orphanage.... More 

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The museum is very interesting, especially the wall with boxes impressed me. In each little box you could see the things the orphanges left abbandoned with ( a note from the mother, a necklage, piece of money) On the topfloor is a really nice restaurant bar with good food and view on the Duomo. Beautiful recently opened museum.

Thank mikknisnal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful building, such a beautiful square, such beautiful pieces inside. The photos that tell the story of the children housed here are wonderful as well the photos that show the building trough the "ages". Definitely a very Florentine place. The museum shop is very good too.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

It's a lovely small collection of fine things, most impressive a Madonna of Luca della Robbia, The facade, the streetscape, is splendid when not covered over for restoration.

Thank ronald k
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Washington Post had an article on this newly opened museum. It is well worth the visit. You will learn about the infants left anonymously and the nuns that took care of them. There are also many art works done for the museum.

Thank JSHauger
Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is the latest addition to a growing number of great new museums in Florence. Innocenti is the name traditionally given to a foundling or the child of an unwed mother. The organization dates from the Middle Ages and the building was designed at least in part by the great architect Brunelleschi (he of the Dome). Until the last century... More 

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