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

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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Grazie all’accordo raggiunto tra la Direzione del museo e le rappresentanze sindacali, la Galleria dell’Accademia sarà straordinariamente aperta nei giorni di lunedì 25 aprile e lunedì 2 maggio.

In entrambe i giorni sarà osservato il consueto orario, dalle 8.15 alle 18.50.

Come da regolamento, il giorno domenica 1° maggio la Galleria dell’Accademia resterà chiusa.

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L’apertura straordinaria per Pasquetta, 28 marzo 2016, è stata finalmente confermata. Il museo sarà aperto anche domenica di Pasqua.

La Galleria dell’Accademia sarà aperta tutti e due giorni dalle 8.15 alle 18.50.

Potete prenotare biglietti prima per evitare lunghe code all’entrata. Controllate la nostra pagina su come acquistare biglietti per ulteriori dettagli.

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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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Come previsto, tutti i musei, incluso la Galleria dell’Accademia, resteranno chiusi per l’intera giornata del 25 dicembre e del 1° gennaio 2016.

Inoltre, il museo nelle giornate del 24 e del 31 dicembre chiuderà alle 18 (ultimo ingresso alle 17.30), mentre osserverà il turno di chiusura anche nei giorni del 28 dicembre e del 4 gennaio. Da segnalare che sabato 19 dicembre la Galleria dell’Accademia resterà straordinariamente aperta fino alle ore 23 (ultimo ingresso alle 22.30).

Aperture regolari durante tutti gli altri giorni.

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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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L’Accademia, normalmente chiusa i luendì, sarà aperta straordinariamente il 7 dicembre per il ponte dell’Immacolata.

Il museo sarà aperto dalle 8.15 alle 18.50 (ultima entrata alle 18.20), con biglietto normale a pagamento. Essendo un apertura straordinaria, il biglietto non si può prenotare online, solo telefonicamente al 055-294-883.

Vi ricordiamo che il museo sarà aperto il 6 dicembre con entrata gratis per tutti come parte della dell’iniziativa di “Domenica al Museo”.

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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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Sarà una donna tedesca a dirigere la galleria d’arte di Firenze, Cecilie Hollberg. La Galleria dell’Accademia, secondo museo in Italia per numero di visitatori dopo gli Uffizi, espone il maggior numero di sculture di Michelangelo al mondo (ben sette), fra cui il celeberrimo David.

Hollberg è una dei 7 stranieri selezionati per dirigere alcuni dei migliori musei in tutta Italia: alla Galleria degli Uffizi di Firenze si trova un altro tedesco, Eike Schmidt, al Museo di Capodimonte a Napoli una francese e alla Pinacoteca di Brera a Milano un canadese-inglese (James Bradburne che fino a pochi mesi fa era direttore del Palazzo Strozzi a Firenze).

L’annuncio è arrivato ieri dal MiBACT. Il concorso internazionale si è concluso con la selezione dei 20 nuovi direttori di alcuni dei principali musei italiani. Quattro dei 13 italiani selezionati tornerà in Italia dopo esperienze importanti all’estero, mentre sui venti, 10 sono uomini, 10 sono donne.

Hollberg, 48 anni, storica e manager culturale, nata a Soltau nella Bassa Sassonia, ha compiuto i propri studi universitari in storia e scienze politiche a Roma, Göttingen, Monaco di Baviera, Venezia e Trento. Nel 2001 ha conseguito il dottorato in storia Medievale a Göttingen.

Dal 2010 è direttore dello Städtisches Museum di Brunswick. In precedenza, ha lavorato come curatrice e funzionario tecnico-scientifico nel settore museale a Lipsia, Dresda e Berlino. Insegna in università tedesche e svizzere ed è autrice di numerose pubblicazioni.

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