Florence boasts an exceptional heritage of art, a splendid testimony to its centuries of civilisation, conserved for the most part in the more than 70 museums in the city. The most important of these are the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most renowned art galleries in the world, the Palatina Gallery, with its "Golden Ages" paintings, the Accademia Gallery with the world famous David by Michelangelo (and much more), the National Museum of Bargello, with Renaissance sculptures, the Museum of San Marco, with works by Beato Angelico, and the Archaeological Museum with notable Etruscan and Egyptian collections.
Very important parts of the city are Palazzo Vecchio and Palazzo Medici Riccardi.
Thanks also to the strong impulse given by the Medici family, Florence is home to a series of important scientific museums, including the Specola and the new Galileo Museum.
Some useful information
During most part of the year the most important city museums have lots of visitors and waiting times can be long. We recommend booking your visit to the state museums at the official website of the Polo Museale Fiorentino.
The Florence Card grants access to about 60 major museums, villas and historical gardens in Florence. It costs 72 euros and is valid for 72 consecutive hours, city transport included; you have priority access to the museums with it.
Most of the state museums are closed on Monday; but you still have many other museums and churches that are open on Monday.
These are the opening times of Florence museums and monuments (last update: December 2nd 2013) where you can find, with the symbol FC, all the monuments included in the Firenze card.