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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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Such a beautiful building, such a beautiful square, such beautiful pieces inside. The photos that tell the story of the children housed here are wonderful as well the photos that... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is very interesting, especially the wall with boxes impressed me. In each little box you could see the things the orphanges left abbandoned with ( a note from the mother, a necklage, piece of money) On the topfloor is a really nice restaurant bar with good food and view on the Duomo. Beautiful recently opened museum.

Thank mikknisnal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful building, such a beautiful square, such beautiful pieces inside. The photos that tell the story of the children housed here are wonderful as well the photos that show the building trough the "ages". Definitely a very Florentine place. The museum shop is very good too.

Thank Travelaround59
Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

It's a lovely small collection of fine things, most impressive a Madonna of Luca della Robbia, The facade, the streetscape, is splendid when not covered over for restoration.

Thank ronald k
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Washington Post had an article on this newly opened museum. It is well worth the visit. You will learn about the infants left anonymously and the nuns that took care of them. There are also many art works done for the museum.

Thank JSHauger
Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

This is the latest addition to a growing number of great new museums in Florence. Innocenti is the name traditionally given to a foundling or the child of an unwed mother. The organization dates from the Middle Ages and the building was designed at least in part by the great architect Brunelleschi (he of the Dome). Until the last century... More 

Thank Tom B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Working for sex centuries without a break, it has assisted children and families, constantly updating its methods and mission to the changing needs of society. Today, it has now become a personal welfare institute which has promoted children's rights. This may sound 'so-so' to most, but the history, its development, the transitions it went through is not only interesting, as... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Absolutely instructive and very interesting museum, discovering this incredible hospital-orphanage created in medieval times and that functioned until the 20th century. I say the first NGO because it was sponsored by the main families and artisans of Florence to look after and foster all the children that were left at the door. Complete registry and memories from the begining until... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Front obscured by scaffolding but it's open and very interesting. Some touching detail about the children and their carers. Visit the cafe at the top for coffee and cake and spectacular view across the city.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Just opened in Jan 2016 and not yet "discovered." Former orphanage started in the Middle Ages by a guild. So interesting to read about and hear the history, good visual to present and explain. Most moving was the journals about how the children were left and to see items parents left with children to identify/claim, if/when they could come back.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Ospedale orphanage which opened in 1445 is still active. Its main builidngs by Bruneschelli, who designed the Cathedral Dome, have recently been superbly - superbly. The ground floor is a well-presented history of the orphanage - with captions in both Italian and English - with electronic access to the records and accounts of the ophans' lives. The next floor... More 

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