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Free Museums in Florence on the first Sunday of the month 2024

Every first Sunday of the month, museums in Florence are free: from the Uffizi Gallery to the Medici Chapels, the initiative promoted by the Ministry of Culture “Sunday at the Museum” opens the doors of state art venues at no cost. Both tourists and locals highly appreciate this opportunity. In Florence, the occasion is twofold for city residents: entrance to state museums is free for everyone, while residents of the Metropolitan City can also enter the civic museums managed by the Municipality for free, where guided tours and special activities for families are organized.

free sunday museum florence
free sunday museum florence

Museums open for free on the first Sunday of the month in Florence: opening hours on 2024

First of all, it should be noted that during the long weekend of the Republic Day celebrations, there will be two occasions to visit state museums without paying an entrance fee. Admission is free on June 2 to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Italian Republic, and on Sunday, June 4, for “Sunday at the Museum.” As for the first Sunday of the month, there will be 8 museums where admission is free. Here are the opening hours:

  • Uffizi Gallery – open for free on the first Sunday of the month from 8:15 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Palazzo Pitti – from 8:15 AM to 6:30 PM (closed for restoration: Royal Apartments and the Museum of Fashion and Costume)
  • Boboli Gardens – from 8:15 AM to 7:10 PM (June, July, and August schedule)
  • Accademia Gallery – from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM
  • Bargello Museum – from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM
  • Medici Chapels – from 8:15 AM to 6:50 PM (special focus at 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM, without reservation, maximum 10 people until seats are available)
  • Palazzo Davanzati – from 1:15 PM to 6:50 PM
  • MAF – National Archaeological Museum – from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM

The San Marco Museum is closed on this day. In addition to the listed museums, other museums in Florence are always free (here is the list), not only on the first Sunday of the month. Among these, outside the city center, on Sunday, June 2, 2024, the following state-art venues will be open: the Medici Villa La Petraia (accompanied visits without reservation, for a maximum of 25 people, at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM; the garden and park are open from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM), the Garden of the Medici Villa di Castello (from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM), and Andrea del Sarto’s Last Supper at San Salvi (8:15 AM – 1:50 PM).

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Outside Florence, on Sunday, there is also free admission to the Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi, which includes the Historical Museum of Hunting and the Territory (from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM). Information can be found on the Ministry of Culture’s website in the section dedicated to “Sunday at the Museum.”

The state museums in Florence (including Uffizi, Boboli, and Accademia) will be open for free on the first Sunday of the month and on other special days set at the national level by the Ministry of Culture for 2024. admission will also be accessible on Saturday, November 3, for National Unity and Armed Forces Day. Here are all the dates for free museums in Florence.

Which museums are free for residents in Florence on the first Sunday of the month?

Florence and the entire Metropolitan City can also visit 8 civic museums for free on the first Sunday of the month. Moreover, if they make a reservation by Saturday, they can participate in guided tours or family activities without paying an entrance fee.

This initiative is called “Metropolitan Sunday.” It is promoted by the Municipality of Florence in collaboration with the Mus.E association, with the support of G.I.O.T.T.O. (a love brand of F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis e Affini) and Lucart. Reservation is optional for museum entry alone (for a maximum of 5 people).

Here are the detailed opening hours for the civic museums that are free on Sunday, June 4, 2023, for residents of the Metropolitan City of Florence:

  • Palazzo Vecchio Opening hours: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Arnolfo’s Tower (Torre di Arnolfo)From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (in case of rain, only the walkway will be accessible)
  • Santa Maria Novella Complex (Complesso di Santa Maria Novella ) From 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM Access from Piazza Stazione 4
  • Novecento Museum and the exhibition (Museo Novecento) “Lucio Fontana. L’origine du monde” From 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Medici-Riccardi Palace and the exhibition (Palazzo Medici Riccardi) on Luca Giordano From 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Stefano Bardini Museum (Museo Stefano Bardini) From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Brancacci Chapel (Cappella Brancacci), visit the restoration scaffolding From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Still, reservation is mandatory
  • Salvatore Romano Foundation (Fondazione Salvatore Romano) From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

On June 4, there will also be numerous free guided tours for residents of the Metropolitan City and activities for families with children (reservation required by Saturday at the following numbers: 055-2768224 or 055-2760552 for Palazzo Medici Riccardi). Here are a few examples: “The Fable of the Turtle with a Sail” in Palazzo Vecchio, a visit to the exhibition dedicated to Luca Giordano in Palazzo Medici Riccardi, tours to discover the Santa Maria Novella complex or the Murate, the former prison, and convent in Florence that now houses contemporary art. For information, you can consult the Mus.E association’s website.