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This section offers the latest news from the museum, on planned events and more.

The Accademia Gallery has just announced special evening hours every Friday, remaining open until 10pm, until September 30th.

In addition to the longer opening hours, every Friday at 7:30pm staff with guide visitors across the museum, talking of Michelangelo and his David and Prisoners, as well as many other important works and artistic and historical facts.

The visit is divided into two parts: the first, at 7:30, focusing on a general theme and at 8:30pm, a focus on a specific work or artistic technique tied to the first part of the visit.

During the first few weeks of the program, the tours are aimed at locals and will only be offered in Italian. Once the program takes off, the visits will also be offered in English.

July Program

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July 15:

7.30pm – The Halls of the 13th and 14th centuries: the Giotto-style painters and Orcagna
8.30pm – The cycle of “formelle” by Taddeo Gaddi made for Santa Croce basilica

July 22:

7.30pm – The 16th century altarpieces in the Hall of the Colossus and Gallery of Prisoners
8.30pm – The Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna

July 29:

7.30pm – Late 14th century and Late-Gothic Paintings at the Accademia
8.30pm – Lorenzo Monaco

To participate in these FREE guided visits (remember, these are only in Italian for now), you need to show up at the marked meeting point near the ticket office inside the museum at 7.30pm. Up to 25 people will be allowed. You can book your participation free by calling 055-294-883. To participate in the 8.30pm visit, the meeting point is inside the Hall of the Colossus by 8.30pm.

Enjoy Fridays at the museum!

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On Saturday, May 21st, the Accademia Gallery will participate in the Europe-wide initiative of “Night at the Museum” and will stay open until 10pm.

Entrance will be a symbolic 1 euro between 7 and 10pm (except for cases in which entrance is free). Please note that you cannot book entrance ahead of time for the special opening.

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Starting this Tuesday, May 10th and continuing through out the summer until September 27th, the Accademia Gallery will have prolonged opening hours every Tuesday evening. From 7pm until 10pm, the museum will open with paid admission.

You will be able to book by phone (+39-055-294-883) or online – check the info on this page for more details. The last available time that can be pre-booked is 8pm but you can just head directly to the museum to enter at a later time.

Happy summer visits to the museum!

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Thanks to a special agreement between the museum management and union representatives, the Accademia Gallery will have special openings on Monday, April 25th and Monday, May 2nd.

On both days, the opening hours will follow normal hours, from 8:15am to 6:50pm.

As set be regulations, the museum will remain closed on May 1st.

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The special opening on Easter Monday has been confirmed for March 28, 2016. The museum will also be open on Easter Sunday.

The Accademia museum will be open on both days from 8.15am to 6.50pm.

You can book your tickets ahead of time to avoid long queues at the ticket entrance. Check our page on how to book your tickets for more details!

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The Accademia Gallery is closed on Mondays. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on at the museum when its doors are closed to the public, we’re here to share a little bit of what does occur.

As you might imagine, anything that needs to occur when there are no crowds are reserved for these days. This past Monday, new Accademia Gallery director Cecilie Hollberg offered the chance to glimpse an extremely rare view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, as restorers armed with vacuum cleaners and soft brushes dusted the marble statue.

dusting-david The operation is considered routine maintenance for the famous work of art. Just like normal housecleaning, the museum uses Mondays as a day to dust and check up on their works. David, in particular, is dusted every 2-3 months on average, while during the busiest months, it is dusted and checked about every 4-5 weeks. The Accademia welcomes over 1.4 millions visitors a year, many interested in seeing David in particular.

A limited group of reporters were granted exclusive access this Monday to the scaffolding used by the restorers’ to see the marble statue up close and we’re sharing our images with you!

david-halfway-upClimbing the two-story, mobile scaffolding (to move around the entire statue easily in one day), you realize how imposing the 14-foot-tall statue actually is. The first level gets you roughly to David’s waist – and the view is absolutely breathtaking.

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As you reach the top of the 20-foot-high scaffolding, you get the rare privilege of looking straight into David’s eyes. And realize he most definitely is frowning in concentration, and that he has a leather strong around his forehead.

The routine maintenance is funded by the U.S. non-profit organization, Friends of Florence, who have supported the museum since 2003, when David underwent a major restoration in preparation for his 500th birthday. This past Monday, another full year of support was pledged by Simonetta Brandolini d’Adda, president of the non-profit, to the museum. Funding also supports maintenance on Michelangelo’s Prisoners, St. Matthew, the Pietà of Palestrina, the 22 paintings in the Tribune that surround David and the clay model of the Rape of the Sabines by Giambologna found in the Hall of the Colossus.

According to Hollberg, regular dusting allows restorers to keep a watchful eye on the marble sculpture.

“David is in good health,” Hollberg said.

To learn more about Michelangelo and David, read this.

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The Accademia will be closed on December 25th and January 1, 2016.

On December 24 and 31, the museum will close at 6pm, with last entrance allowed at 5.30pm.
It will also remain closed on Monday, December 28th and Monday, January 4th (as it normally is closed on Mondays).

On Saturday, December 19th, the museum will have extra opening hours and will remain open until 11pm (last entrance at 10.30pm).

On all other days, the museum will follow normal opening times.

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The Accademia Gallery, usually closed on Mondays, will be open on December 7th to offer visitors to Florence the chance to visit over the long holiday of the Immaculate (December 8th).

The Accademia will be open from 8:15am until 6:50pm (last entrance for the Accademia it is at 6:20pm). Normal admission cost applies. The day, being a special opening, cannot be booked online – it can only be booked by phone at 055-294-883.

Also remember that the day before, on December 6th, entrance into these all State museums in Florence (including the Uffizi, Medici Chapels and the Bargello), will be FREE entry to everyone as part of the “Sunday at the Museum” initiative where the first Sunday of every month is free.

If the line is too long on Sunday, we really suggest waiting and going on Monday!

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A German woman, Cecilie Hollberg, is to be the new director of the Accademia Gallery in Florence. The Accademia, second museum in Italy for its total number of visitors after the Uffizi Gallery, has the most sculptures by Michelangelo in the world (seven), including the famous David.

Hollberg is one of seven foreigners selected to head some of the top museums in Italy: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence will have another German, Eike Schmidt, while a French woman will lead the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples and the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan will be run by  a Canadian-English man (James Bradburne, who up until a few months ago was the director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence).

The announcement came yesterday from MiBACT as the international competition drew to a close with the selection of the 20 new directors of some of Italy’s top museums. Four of the 13 Italians selected will return to Italy after important experiences abroad, while the winds, 10 are men, 10 are women.

Hollberg, 48, art historian and cultural manager, born in Soltau in Lower Saxony, completed her university studies in history and political science in Rome, Göttingen, Monaco, Germany, Venice and Trento. In 2001, she received her doctorate in medieval history in Göttingen.

Since 2010,  Hollberg has been director of the Städtisches Museum in Brunswick. Previously, she worked as a curator and scientific-technical officer in the museum sector in Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin. She teaches at universities in Germany and Switzerland and is the author of numerous publications.

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This year, the Accademia Gallery will NOT have a special opening on the evening of April 30th as part of the city’s “White Night” program nor will it be open on May 1st. There was no agreement between the employee unions to have enough staff to open the museum for the times that were necessary for the museum to be open. The museum will remain open on April 30th until normal closing times, which is 18.50.

If you’re in Florence on April 30th and May 1, take a look at this post which has a list of museums that will be open for the White Night and on May 1st.

The museum is open on May 2nd and 3rd; on May 3rd entrance will be free for everyone as part of Italy’s “First Sunday of the Month” cultural initiative offering free entrance to all State museums.

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