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“Good for kids”
Review of Stibbert Museum

Stibbert Museum
Ranked #33 of 641 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A museum showcasing the eccentric and eclectic tastes of Frederick Stibbert, a 19th century art collector.
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This is an interesting little museum for children and armour enthusiasts. We decided to visit it after reading a recommendation in Florence & Tuscany with kids, and we weren't disappointed. It isn't a must see destination, but it is quite interesting for boys and possibly even young teenagers. The main disadvantage is that the museum is located outside the historical centre, so we had to take a bus to reach it. There's a small park near the museum, where you van relax after the visit (we brought along some sandwiches and had a picnic).

3  Thank Hannah D
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

My son and I visited this museum today. It's fairly short, as you are escorted through the rooms for about an hour. The tour leaves almost every hour on the hour. The collection is amazing. No pics though. We enjoyed the different styles of armor, the swords, guns, and armor for horses. It was also nice to see the rest of his house, one of the few you can see that are still furnished/decorated. It is a bit out of the way, so not really one to put on your list unless you are a big time armor junkie or have several days in Florence. We did and my son appreciated a deviation from the shopping. Note:you can easily take the #4 bus from in front of the Bagnolini hotel in the crazy roundabout in from of the smn train station. Tell the driver you want to go to stibbert. Get off about 5 stops up at Joia, cross the street and walk up the hill. We then walked back to town ( about 20 min).

3  Thank dcgCalifornia
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Outside Japan, this museum has the most important collection. Everything is great but the stunning part is the room with all the "iron horses and their iron cavaliers". Wow, I still have goose bumps when I think about it as it is so impressive!

1  Thank Josee514
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

OK, if arms and armor are your thing, or glimpsing at an unmolested and untouched residence of an extremely wealthy family of 19th century glamor, then you need to find this museum!

This mansion is a bit out of range for most of the tourists on foot, so it is a very quiet place to be. The grounds outside the mansion are extensive and serene, so it is a great place to relax after spending countless hours walking around the crowded streets of Florence. There is a small deli of sorts so you can get some snacks and cafe (coffee) while you are there.

They only do guided tours on the hour, so try to arrive at the time you want to tour the mansion.

Did I mention the hundreds of swords and vintage complete suits of armor that Mr. Stibbert collected over his lifetime? I have never seen such a large collection of 14th - 17th century arms and armor, and probably never will again.

The only downside is that some of the tour guides don't seem to either know much about the artifacts in the mansion, or don't speak English well enough to converse in that language. There is also a stunning lack of labels on anything. It would be nice to know what you are looking at so you can get the full picture instead of trying to draw your own conclusions.

A tour worth doing!

Thank Dana B
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

We have been in Florence many times and for extended periods.
This museum is open on a Mon so this was our first visit.
Oh my was it worth it.
This man devoted his life to collecting...paintings..porcelain..and ARMOUR...there are at least 47 rooms full of stuff!
What an eccentric he must have been.
We brought a picnic lunch-and ate in the gardens..
He had no heirs and left this all to the state,
Since there are only a limited umber of visitors it is open not often

3  Thank RubyMontreal
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