The Museo Nazionale del Bargello is located in the ancient Palazzo del Podestà of Florence and, with royal decree of 22nd June 1865, it became the first Italian National Museum dedicated to the arts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. From said year, some important sculptures of the Renaissance were brought to the museum, like some master pieces of: Donatello, Luca della Robbia, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Cellini, mostly coming from the Medici-Grand Duke collection. The museum was enriched during the years, with superb models of bronzes, pottery, waxes, enamels, medals, ivories, rugs, seals and fabrics coming from Medici collections, closed convents and donations. The Museum is articulated on three stories of the building: the ground floor features the charming courtyard and Sala di Michelangelo with the sculptures of Buonarroti, Cellini, Giambologna, Ammannati. The first floor features the Sala di Donatello with the most famous works of the artist (David, Attis, San Giorgio, Marzocco), the pottery of Luca della Robbia, the bronze moulds of Ghiberti and Brunelleschi. The other halls host the Carrand collection of Islamic art, the Chapel (with the most ancient effigy of Dante Alighieri), the Sala degli Avori (Ivories Hall), Sala del Trecento (14th century Hall), Sala delle Maioliche italiane (the Italian pottery Hall).The last floor is dedicated to one of the main collections of works of Andrea and Giovanni della Robbia and the Sala dei Bronzetti (Bronze Hall), di Verrocchio, del Medagliere e dell’Armeria medicea (Medici armoury).
Direct access from the ticket office and entry into the first available visit slot.
The last admission is one hour before closing.
Free admission every 1st Sunday of the month; priority access suspended.