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Museo degli Innocenti

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Address: Piazza Santissima Annunziata 13, 50122, Florence, Italy (Formerly Ospedale degli Innocenti)
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+39 848 082 380
10:00 - 19:00
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Another Florentine hidden gem

Florence is so full of amazing art and architecture it would take months to see everything. This is possibly the reason that this museum, near the Galleria D'Accademia is often... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Florence is so full of amazing art and architecture it would take months to see everything. This is possibly the reason that this museum, near the Galleria D'Accademia is often overlooked. Innocenti was a children's hospital founded in the 15th century which quickly became established as the place to leave a child which was not wanted or could not be... More 

Thank Yorkshirecritic
London, UK
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had seen on TA that the café on the top terrace of this museum was good, so as we had the Florence Card and could walk straight in, we had lunch there. Actually there is no view, just over some roofs, but there are nice filled rolls and cakes. Sadly there are only tables outside, which was cold on the... More 

Thank worldtraveller99
Oakham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! What an incredible museum, dedicated to about 500 years of children left for whatever reason. The tokens left by parents are particularly moving, as are some of the stories you hear. Those people who have heard of how unmarried mothers were treated in other European countries must compare this forward thinking foundation. Of course, the architecture and artwork is... More 

Thank The Teacher7
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited wanting to honour the memories of those abandoned foundlings from centuries ago, and left feeling pleased that some of their stories had been told. I also felt there was a lot of history not said, and pondered on the quality of the care when so many babies perished. This of course may have been due to multiple reasons... More 

Thank Vic0z
San Jose, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I recently visited this museum on the recommendation of a Florentine friend, and so glad I did. It's a hidden treasure, a fascinating museum about the institution that took in foundlings and other children in need for the last 600 years. Most poignant are the drawers that contain little medals, buttons, ribbons that the children came in with, that would... More 

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Another lovely place to visit if you are interested in Italian Renaissance Art. Beautiful architecture by Brunelleschi, outstanding ceramics by Della Robbia and the superb Adoration of the Magi by Gentileschi. Apart from this, you can also appreciate the history of this very old Foundling Hospital. Particularly moving is an exhibition of a number of trinkets left with the children... More 

Thank Malteser65
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum here is excellent with superb interpretation of history as well as architecture. The stories about abandoned children and the numbers given to the nuns over the years seen via timelines was larger than imagined. The social service mission of this order is impressive. The Andrea della Robia terracotta roundels of the "bastarditi" are famous and a later addition... More 

Thank donnaannharris
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This museum presents centuries of history relating to the care, support and education of relinquished Italian children. The poignant stories of these children and their families and the evolution of the type of care they were given throughout the last five centuries is beautifully shown. It is modern and incorporates audiovisual displays housed in the ancient buildings. As others have... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

The Foundling Hospital is set in a lovely square away from most of the tourist haunts. Excellent displays tell the stories of the abandoned babies, a beautiful building, some superb art and a loggia with restaurant at the top.

Thank Ulsterwoman
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Went to this terrific museum today and felt like I almost had it to myself. It has recently been reopened after renovations and it is well designed and has good English information explaining how a benevolent institution has coped with caring for abandoned and orphaned babies over the centuries. It also has some great artwork (although to be honest I... More 

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