Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, Florence

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  • First Sunday of the month and again around museums ... this time towards national Archaeological Museum! The National Archaeological Museum of Florence is located in the Palazzo della Crocetta dating back to 1620, when Giulio Parigi on disposal of Cosimo II, renovating and expanding some properties of doctors made it the residence of Princess Maria Maddalena de ' Medici, sister of Cosimo and with serious physical disabilities. The Museum collects the best of Tuscany, with important Etruscan and Roman, but also collected about other civilizations, as an important Egyptian section and a Greek vases, many of whom found in etruscan tombs, in testimony of the many trade in the Mediterranean. On the first floor, the Etruscan section, suffered severe damage during the Florence flood of 1966. The restoration of the exhibits occupied all over the next 40 years and today, from about 2000, was completed, although many remain to be reworded's productions. The highlight of the collection is undoubtedly the Chimera of Arezzo, one of the most famous works of the Etruscan civilization (4th century BC), a bronze depicting the legendary Leonine fair plastic, which was restored by Francesco Carradori in 1785, who rebuilt the serpentine queue that bite the goat's head on the back, while both should turn threatening towards the observer. Was found in a field near Arezzo in 1553 and presented to Cosimo I by Vasari. On the right forelimb has an inscription. The chimera is now on display in a room (frescoed by Jacopo Chiavistelli), close to other famous bronzes, especially in another masterpiece of the Museum, the statue in the round of the Arringatore (1st century BC), portrait of the noble Roman toga, while Metelle Classrooms with Etruscan raises his arm towards the observer and the hypothetical crowd, came to light in 1566 probably near Lake Trasimeno. In the same room is the head of a young man, da Fiesole, dating to 330-300 BC. Complete section on Etruscan bronze Minerva of Arezzo, original Greek-inspired masterpiece, recently finished renovating. The ceramics collection Greek, attic, under the section is extensive and includes a large room with many Windows on the second floor. Mostly the pieces come from etruscan tombs and are the result of trade with Greece, especially with Athens (production of most items) and date from the period between the 6th and 4th centuries BC between the most important vessels in the so-called François vase, named after the archaeologist who discovered the 1844in an Etruscan tomb at fonte Rotella near closed, a large crater in the Potter Ergotimos and the painter black figures signed by Kleitias, which contains an impressive array of tales of Greek mythology about six rows of figures, dated around 565 b.c. The collection of the Egyptian section is second only to the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, and housed in special decorated rooms on the first floor, originates from the collections Nizzoli and Schiaparelli and the excavation of Ippolito Rosellini and Champollion. Among other important acquisitions was that of the Papyri from the excavations of the 1934-39. The exhibits cover many of the daily activities of the ancient Egypt, with objects even in brittle materials such as wood, tissue and bone. The exhibition focuses on historical and topographical criteria rather than thematic. The Museum is very interesting as well as educational especially for toddlers and kids accompanied by families or teachers, but in this regard could be further developed the interactivity (present minimally and undeveloped) ... still a piece of history that deserves to be known!
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  • The first floor of the museum was really disappointing (even with only costing 4 Euro), nothing is written in English and there was no real story or display. However, the museum is hiding Egyptian tre...  more »
  • The Museum is great, at least an hour to see him take it. Personally, I liked especially the Windows sound "fight and boxing" and "race of wagons and horses": as soon as you get closer to the showcase feel reproductions of voices and noises; in the same room there is also a keyboard that you can touch that mimics the sounds of ancient instruments that accompanied the games. I don't give 5 stars because some descriptions are missing, certain rooms are too dark (I think for conservation reasons), but mainly because when we were there there were a couple of students who were making noise and ran through the halls, yet the guards were present but not intervened.
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  • Cheap and so good value for money in terms of sheer number of objects. Some interesting stories to tell in terms of Etruscan pots and Egyptian burial practices and fabrics. Three problems. Some lighting made it impossible to view objects either because you had to stand between light and object to see it or because nobody had thought about the reflection coming off the perspex screens. A cloak was impossible to examine. There are better ways of lighting photosensitive objects: lower light in the room as a whole for example. Second, related, there wasn't enough room sometimes to see whole displays. So back up to read some text and you find yourself backing into another display case. Also one of the security staff was overbearing present to the point of making me uncomfortable. By all means watch what I'm doing but don't follow me at a constant distance (step for step. I started shuffling a few paces at a time to test it). For context I am in my thirties, a historian, and there was nothing in that area that was not secured behind perspex or glass. I didn't look like a threat. Made it hard to try to compare bits of material culture though. It was a relief when some kids came in: staff member was on them like a shot.
  • Almost doesn't belong in a city with such sterling museums, though still worth a visit despite the down-at-the-heels feel (especially the first floor, the dingy stairwells, the missing signage and solo water closet). Houses stunning ancient artifacts, especially Etruscan treasures.
  • A forgotten jewel in Florence with many stunning pieces. Forgotten means: some items out of place, sometimes no captions, lack of light.
  • No one visit there. All the explanations written in Italian.
  • The Etruscans have been so neglected and this is one of a few places to help to fill In one of the classical world's lacunas.