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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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Recently opened museum with an interesting history

This museum tells the story of a Catholic orphanage that had a long history taking and caring for orphans. The building is impressive and the small art collection is wonderfully... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Just opened in Jan 2016 and not yet "discovered." Former orphanage started in the Middle Ages by a guild. So interesting to read about and hear the history, good visual to present and explain. Most moving was the journals about how the children were left and to see items parents left with children to identify/claim, if/when they could come back.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Ospedale orphanage which opened in 1445 is still active. Its main builidngs by Bruneschelli, who designed the Cathedral Dome, have recently been superbly - superbly. The ground floor is a well-presented history of the orphanage - with captions in both Italian and English - with electronic access to the records and accounts of the ophans' lives. The next floor... More 

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Shelton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I am a great fan of della Robbia stucco pieces. While the main building facade is being restored, the roundels normally mounted 30 feet in the air on the building facade are displayed in a room so you can see them at eye level. Unreal. The small museum has a magnificent della Robbia Madonna and Child roundel. Great terrace with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We were very moved by our visit to this very interesting place. Very sad stories, and the little drawers with the names and tokens inside brought the tears flowing. Perhaps the most memorable Museum in Florence, the one we talk about the most.

1 Thank maria k
Porto, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This museum tells the story of a Catholic orphanage that had a long history taking and caring for orphans. The building is impressive and the small art collection is wonderfully displayed. If you have time and are in the area it's worth visiting their cafe which has a spectacular view of the synagogue which is quite impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Once you walk out of the touristic perimeter around the Duomo you can find this fantastic umbrageous terrace with a great view over Firenze. We didn't visit the museum but it seems to be very well done and obviously money didn't count in this new project.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a lovely museum with a great rooftop restaurant. Go now as the della robbias from the hospital wall are on show while being restored. They are beautiful, if a little creepy close up. The small collection of paintings is good. Rooftop restaurant has great views over rooftops of Florence, food looked good but is a little pricey. Well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This was one of the great surprises of the two months we spent in Florence. It had not been open very long and as a new museum had an exceptionally well thought-out presentation on the history of Florence's first orphanage. There were films and interactive displays that were very inspirational and touching. Quite a few of us had tears in... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We came upon this museum and were so glad. Beautifully restored building which was a foundling orphanage. Very well laid out museum, a moving experience. Wonderful views from modern restaurant at top.

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Absolutely fascinating and beautifully curated and displayed museum. I almost did't go - not knowing what it was I was going to. I was then utterly enthralled and stayed for hours. The stories of the children who were left here as babies, of their mothers who left them with scraps of ribbon or half a crucifix by which they could... More 

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