Accademia Gallery

Via Ricasoli 58 - 60, Florence

4.5

Accademia is a top touristic attraction and famous museum in Florence dedicated to Michelangelo. Accademia Gallery occupies the former buildings of hospital of San Mateo and the old monastery of San Nicolas de Cafaggio. In late 18th century it was completely renovated to house the famous museum.

People coming from all over the world of course visit the museum to see Michelangelos's famous "David" sculpted between 1501-1504. It was intended to be an outside decoration of the Cathedral of Florence. Now the sculpture serves as symbol of the freedom and independence of Florence.

The Gallery also preserves a collection of paintings from Middle Ages, Renaissance period, early 17th century and a collection of Russian Icons. Of particular highlight are four statues of Slaves, "The Prisoners", that decorated the grave of pope Julius The Second.

Must see artworks of Accademia are:

  • Michelangelo's David and Prisoners
  • Giambologna's Rape of the Sabines
  • Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea


There are usually long lines at the entrance of the Gallery so you better pre-book your tickets online to avoid waiting.

Entrance ticket costs € 8,00 (€ 12,50 during exhibits) per adult. There is additional € 4 prebooking fee.
The Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday 8:15 am to 6:50 pm. Entrance every 15 min!

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Open Hours:

  • Tue

    08:15 - 18:20

  • Wed

    08:15 - 18:20

  • Thu

    08:15 - 18:20

  • Fri

    08:15 - 18:20

  • Sat

    08:15 - 18:20

  • Sun

    08:15 - 18:20

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Reviews

  • AJ Alcúdia

    5
    - 12 September 2018 -

    As spectacular as I imagined. So many famous works from history, and of course the most famous of all: the statue of David. Expect it to be ways busy, with wait times. But I didn't find it to take away from the experience. We booked with a tour to avoid the lines, but if I were to do it again I'd ask to separate from the group to explore the gallery on my own pace.

  • Raffaele Notaro

    5
    - 10 September 2018 -

    We got there around 9:30 and had tickets for 10:30 entry. There was no one in the reservation line so they let us in early. We were ahead of the crowd and we're able to walk right up to Michelangelo's David which really is as good as advertised. The museum is a very manageable size. There are some unfinished Michelangelo sculptures. Work of other sculptors is in another room which included some cool videos about the casting process. There we're additional exhibits elsewhere but those were my highlights.

  • J M

    5
    - 31 August 2018 -

    One of the best museums of Florence. The museum contains a lot of Renaissance art, as well as famous pieces such as the Michelangelo's masterpiece David. The museum is accessible for the lesser-able and disabled, with elevators, wheelchair ramps and wheelchair lifts. The museum is relatively small. A visit will probably take about one to two hours. It is therefore ideal to see if you are visiting Florence for a short duration.

  • Christian Wintter

    5
    - 27 August 2018 -

    Buy your ticket online in advance to skip the line. The statue of David is stunning to see in real life. There is a lot of other great lesser know art as well. The museum took about one hour for me to walk through; however if you are really into art maybe plan two.

  • Jesse Huyler

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    How can this not be a 5 star experience. David really is worth the trip. I bought tickets online the day before to skip the line and MY GAWD was I goad I did. We literally walked right in past a line of probably 200 people. Don't just take a picture of David and walk away. Take the time to appreciate his details and learn about what he means to Florence.

  • Robin Pronk

    5
    - 04 August 2018 -

    Make sure you book a Skip the Line ticket online and note the reduced price for EU citizens

  • Darx Kies

    5
    - 30 July 2018 -

    It is so beautiful and interesting. I enjoyed the video tutorials on how the artists accomplished the masterpieces displayed. The musical instruments were also interesting to watch and figure out how they work. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance. Waiting in line at 36 degrees Celsius is really not a good idea and for some folks even dangerous. And also bring some kind of fan inside as it is pretty much warm inside too. I guess due to the paintings.

  • Roel Wiewel

    4
    - 17 July 2018 -

    What to say but a really wonderful place. The David is of course the main reason to go there. Reserve your tickets in advance (really easy via for instance the app Tiqets) saves a lot of time in queues. Use that saved time to spend with the David, do not do that in five minutes. The longer you stay the more you realize the sheer mastery of this work of art. Enjoy!

  • Zach Gracie

    4
    - 17 July 2018 -

    Going in on your own without a skip the line pass or a guided tour is a 4 star experience, would still recommend! We arrived about 15 mins before open and waited for a total of 40 minutes in the line. Was nice to see David, magnificent piece by itself, but many of the other sculptures and artworks are very interesting to read about. The music museum was pretty cool too. Would perhaps recommend spending a little extra cash on a skip the line pass if you're not too keen on waiting in the non-booked line.

  • Amber Montgomery

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    As a casual art lover, this museum was exactly what I wanted to see in Florence. They had some famous works I recognized but it wasn't so big that I felt overwhelmed. It is perfect to spend an hour, including 20 minutes or so standing or sitting to admire the magnificent David. Even if you're not an art fan, the price of admission is worth seeing just David alone. Do not wait in the long lines for a ticket however, book a time in advance online, it'll cost a few extra euros but it will save you a huge headache and a lot of time waiting in the crazy lines to buy tickets.

  • Dr. Mohammed 🇰🇼 🇸🇦

    - 03 January 2018 -

    Great experience to see Michel Angelo works here

  • Sean Robertson

    - 01 October 2017 -

    David is breathtaking but not too much else. 90 minutes will give you a great tour.

  • Humaid Binyelaiyel

    - 25 August 2017 -

    Statue of David , symbol of the city

  • Guido Gybels

    - 18 August 2017 -

    David is the undeniable star, but an impressive collection of medieval and renaissance art too. Long queues so book in advance or go an hour or so before closing time. Don't miss the first floor!

  • Aylin Arıcan

    - 05 August 2017 -

    Try to book it in advance from online otherwise you need to wait for a long time in the row. Michelangelo's David is magnificant.

  • Efe Basaran

    - 05 August 2017 -

    Apart from Michelangelo's David which everyone should see, you should also see ancient musical instruments museum which is on your right as you enter the gallery👍

  • Tania Martinez

    - 27 June 2017 -

    Buy the Firenze card to avoid lines. The highlight is Michelangelo's David, but you must also see the astonishing piece of gold/silver thread embroidery by Jacopo Cambi: The coronation of the Virgin.

  • Mats Christiansen

    - 01 May 2017 -

    The statue David is here

  • Olga Ramer

    - 21 February 2017 -

    David is the star here, but the temporary exhibition of Dal Ponte was exceptional!

  • Dmtr

    - 25 December 2016 -

    David is inside

Accademia Gallery tours

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