Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore, Florence
(4.5/5 based on 1,600 reviews on the web)
View some of Florence's most treasured sculptures at Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore on the Piazza del Duomo. The extensive collection primarily contains pieces moved from the city's cathedral for restoration and protection. You can view Michelangelo's second "Pieta," a revision of his earlier work. You can also admire sculptures by Donatello and Ghiberti. Guided tours are available in English. Book ahead of time to ensure a spot. Take a look at our Florence tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Museum of Opera of Saint Maria of Fiore and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Please don't think this museum is only for scholars - a visit will put the magnificence of what you see outside in the Piazza del Duomo into perspective. This is a brand new museum housing ancient wor...  more »
  • Excellent presentation of the history of the cathedral, especially the reconstitution of the original 13th-century facade with much of the original statuary. Other superlative masterworks include the ...  more »
  • Almost missed this because we were so shattered by seeing far too many paintings and marble statues. Pace yourself and go here first. 
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  • Impressive museum - lots to see there. Definitely worth it if you get the ticket combined with the bell tower and dome climbs. The view from the top of those were breathtaking even on a rainy day. Interesting museum for people interested in seeing the development of the cathedral or art through different periods of Italian history.
  • Great place to see everything about Duomo. You get one combined ticket preferably online for about 15 Euro that includes access to museum, dome and bell tower. Online ticket includes scheduled time. Arrive at that time or 30 minutes before as all places will have two lines with one shorter for times entry and longer one for regular tickets. There are no signs so you have to ask staff at the entrance or someone on the line. We stayed at shorter line with timed entry over the hour to get inside Bell Tower. Both Bell Tower and Duomo have long steps to climb to get to the top - over 400 steps; both places have resting areas but corridors and stairs are very narrow and sometimes you have to share with people going opposite way which is a challenge. On a plus side views of Florence are beautiful. Do not recommend climb for senior citizens or anyone else with heart problems or someone not used to narrow spaces.
  • Newly renovated and very beautiful. It is well designed both aesthetically and architecturally. Definitely worth visiting. Try to book tickets in advance (along with most popular attractions in Florence).
  • And interesting Museum that is part of your over all ticket when visiting the Duomo. It is worth visiting as it contains some interesting pieces and information.
  • Amazing museum. The original restored doors of the duomo are on display there plus a lot of other things.