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“Large collection but not welcoming”

Museo Archeologico Nazionale
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Florence's Hidden Past: Archaeological National Museum Tour
Ranked #97 of 440 things to do in Florence
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Large collection but not welcoming”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2013

This is a very extensive collection of artifacts at a reasonable price, but not recommended for children who would become as bored as the staff. The entrance itself must keep out many potential visitors. It is easy to overlook and appears closed with no information about opening hours, prices or what is within. You have to approach an automatic door and enter an unknown space, which leads to the entry desk and shop.
The most interesting item is probably a stool in the left corner of one of the rooms, which a tiny sign tells you was used to smash the vase in the centre of the room (now put together and in a glass case).
Many of the rooms are dimly lit and it can be hard to read the explanatory signs. These are usually in the form of a general sign for the room. Individual items and cases mainly have no signs. In some rooms I could find no indication.
You are expected to go round in a particular order (as in Ikea) so there are barriers to prevent you taking a shortcut to a room of particular interest and no map to tell you where things are.
There is a charming garden off-limits to visitors and a snack and drinks machine.

Visited May 2013
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“Lovely garden, shame about the museum!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013

My visit to Florence's archaeological museum was a most dispiriting experience. I had gone expressly to see the bronze Etruscan statue known as the Chimera of Arezzo (which is magical) and was astounded to see how poorly laid out and curated the collection is.

It seems that all the innovations in museum design and presentation, which have taken place in the last two decades, have completely passed this place by.

No wonder it was almost empty!

Visited April 2013
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“So sad”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

As an archaeologist I was looking forward to this museum but I was very disappointed. The first room makes you think they were just looted - empty cabinets and stands and a dirty carpet. There was one funerary piece shoved against the wall (a nice artefact though). If you keep going you find a good display of Etruscan material but only in Italian. Some lovely pieces if you know what you are looking for. Further on half the museum is closed (they don't tell you this at the door) so I saw no Greek or Roman material or the Coptic material I had specifically wanted to see. There are cabinets with lovely figurines upstairs but no labels to say which culture they belong to. A few other things are scattered about and then suddenly you are in Egypt. Great artefacts but the first labels are only in Italian and then there are no labels at all, so you have no idea what you are looking at. (There were some laminated sheets of paper in Italian by the door. The other language trays were empty.) A real pity as I wanted to know about some specific items. One room was so dark you could hardly see anything. Although there are good items on display they are wasted due to poor presentation. A friend tells me the museum looked the same four years ago so they obviously have no desire to make improvements. The historical priorities in Florence must not extend to archaeology as this museum does not appear to have funds to work with. The entry fee of 4 Euros is reasonable if you already know about the ancient cultures on display.

Visited March 2013
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“Poor information for tourists”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

No English labels. Many displays have misaligned legends for artifacts or no reference info at all, not even in Italian. No layout map available to help orientation. Valuable artifacts but a poor experience in learning about them.

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“Enjoy a huge collection of Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts solo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2012

Why you should go:
-Truly amazing collection of Egyptian and Etruscan art-- I've only seen more at the Louvre
-Just 5 minutes from Accademia Gallery and on the Firenze card, so it can be a nice archaeological break from all of the art you will see
-Absolutely no one there on a Saturday at 10AM. Enjoy roaming by yourself!

What you should know:
-Some rooms have limited English, but many have overview signs that give plenty of context. The mummies etc are fun enough to look at without a full description in my opinion
-The previous reviewers are also right about the staff-- they are not great and clearly don't want to be there, but it certainly didn't diminish our visit in the least.

For the utter lack of other people around, the extensiveness/quirkiness of the collection, the easy location and the cheap entry fee, I give this an excellent overall.

Visited September 2012
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