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What is the Opera del Duomo Museum?

Duomo Museum, also known as the Operal del Duomo, houses some of the most renowned pieces of art by eminent sculptors like Michaelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, and Brunelleschi. Located on the eastern side of Piazza del Duomo Florence Italy, the museum has been built over an area of 6,000 square meters and is divided into 28 rooms over three floors, housing over 750 pieces of art.

Opera del Duomo Museum | Quick facts

Opera del Duomo Museum

Why visit the Opera del Duomo Museum?

Duomo Museum
  • Impressive collection: The Opera del museum houses an impressive collection of masterpieces from the Florence Cathedral, including the original bronze panels of the Baptistery's Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
  • History of the Duomo: Visitors can view original architectural plans, models, and artifacts from the Duomo's construction, including tools and equipment used by the craftsmen. Learn about the history and construction of the Florence Cathedral and the development of Renaissance architecture in Florence.
  • Terrace views: The museum offers access to the Duomo terrace, from where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Florence and its iconic landmarks.
  • Interactive exhibits & displays: The museum offers interactive exhibits and displays that provide an immersive experience for visitors of all ages.

Plan your visit to the Duomo Museum

Opening hours
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More exciting things inside Duomo Museum

  • Altar by Girolamo Ticciati: Greeted by one of the colossal pieces of art, the main altar by Girolamo Ticciati (1676-1745) showcases "Saint John in Glory" and candle-bearing angels.
  • Opera Corridor: The corridor displays the names of individuals who contributed to the building, growth, and preservation of the Duomo, reflecting its profound importance in Florence.
  • Hall of Paradise: The room recreates the old cathedral facade and the baptistery, aligning statues and artwork. It symbolizes the area between a baptistery and its church as a "Paradiso."
  • Hall of Magdalene: Named after Donatello's Penitent Saint Mary Magdalene, this room houses the thought-provoking wooden sculpture.
  • Michelangelo's Tribune: Featuring Michelangelo's Pietà, this room offers a quiet space to admire the artwork. The damaged left leg and arm are believed to be inflicted by Michelangelo in frustration.
  • Galleria del Campanile: Displaying artwork from the bell tower, this gallery showcases larger-than-life statues and reliefs, illustrating professional activities and human life's "systems."
  • Penitent Magdelene by Donatello: A masterpiece from the 15th century, is known for its unique perspective. Mary Magdalene is depicted as a repentant sinner, portrayed with a thin figure and a face showing visible misery. The carved wooden sculpture portrays her as malnourished, with hands clasped in prayer, creating a powerful and emotionally impactful experience for the viewer.
  • Robbia's Resurrection of Christ: A 16th-century ceramic sculpture in the Duomo Museum, portrays Jesus emerging from the tomb after his resurrection. Crafted by Andrea della Robbia, it showcases intricate details, capturing the expressions of the soldiers guarding the tomb. The innovative use of ceramic highlights the artist's skill in creating a beautiful and emotionally powerful work of art.
  • Sala delle Cantorie: Side by side, this room compares two choir lofts by Luca della Robbia and Donatello, offering a valuable opportunity to appreciate the styles of these Renaissance artists.
  • Galleria dei modelli: Housing models for the new facade, this gallery exhibits wood models illustrating Renaissance facade proposals, along with paintings for Grand Duke Ferdinand I's wedding.

Visiting the Duomo Florence Museum

You will need tickets to visit the Duomo Museum, you will need tickets. They can be purchased online or at the museum entrance. It's recommended that you book your tickets in advance to avoid long lines and ensure entry at your preferred time.

Frequently asked questions about the Duomo Museum Florence tickets

How can I buy tickets for the Duomo Museum in Florence?

You can buy tickets for the Duomo Museum in Florence through various methods. While tickets are available at the museum's entrance, be prepared for potential lines, especially during peak hours. Buying tickets online is a better idea as it allows you to bypass queues and provides flexibility in choosing the date and time of your visit. Generally these are bundled tickets that offer access to multiple attractions, including the Duomo, Bell Tower, and Baptistery, making it a comprehensive experience.

How much does a ticket to the Duomo Museum cost?

The standard ticket starts from €15. Prices may vary as per inclusions like tour, access to sub-attraction and more. Also, discounts may be available for certain groups such as students, seniors, or children.

Are there any discounts available on Duomo Museum tickets?

Yes, the Duomo Museum in Florence offers various discounts on tickets. Visitors who qualify for reduced fares typically include students with a valid student ID, children, seniors, and residents of the European Union. Some promotions or special offers may be available during specific times or events.

Is it necessary to book Duomo Museum tickets in advance?

While it may not be strictly necessary to book Duomo Museum tickets in advance, it is highly recommended, especially during peak tourist seasons. Booking in advance allows you to secure your entry, skip long lines at the ticket counters, and plan your visit more efficiently. Additionally, during busy times, there is a risk of tickets selling out for specific time slots. Booking online in advance provides convenience and ensures a smoother experience, allowing you to focus on exploring the museum's treasures without unnecessary delays.

Can I visit the Duomo Museum with Duomo Florence tickets?

Yes, you can visit the Duomo Museum with Duomo Florence tickets. However, you need to ensure that your tickets include access to the museum.

Are there combined tickets for the Duomo Museum and other attractions?

Yes, the Museum has various Duomo tickets that provide access to multiple attractions within the Duomo complex. These tickets typically include entry to the museum itself, as well as other iconic sites like the Florence Cathedral, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Also, you can get tickets in combo with other attractions like Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery & more.

Do I need a separate ticket to climb the Duomo or Bell Tower?

Yes, climbing the Duomo or Bell Tower requires a separate ticket from the Duomo Museum admission. Although you can get a combo ticket or a tour encompassing all of Duomo's sub-attractions. These iconic structures offer breathtaking panoramic views of Florence. It's advisable to plan in advance and secure tickets for the climb if you wish to experience from the top of the Duomo or Bell Tower.

Are there guided tours available for the Duomo Museum?

Yes, guided tours are available for the Duomo Museum in Florence, offering an insightful and enriching experience. One of our popular options include:
Florence Cathedral Guided Tour with Optional Dome Climb

What is the Duomo Museum at the Florence Cathedral?

The Duomo Museum, established in 1891, is a museum that houses a collection of works of art from the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, including sculptures, paintings, and other decorative arts.

When was the Duomo Musuem established?

The Duomo Museum or the Operal del Duomo was established in 1891.

What is the collection at the Duomo Museum like?

The Duomo Museum has a vast collection of art with more than 750 pieces from the 14th and 15th-centuries. Some of the prominent collection inside the Duomo Museum includes ‘Gates of Paradise; by Lorenzo Ghiberti, ‘Penitent Magdalene’ by Donatello, and the ‘Florentine Pieta’ by Michaelangelo.

What are the opening hours of the Duomo Museum?

The Duomo Museum is open from 8:30 am - 7:30 pm.

How long does it take to visit the Duomo Museum?

The duration of your museum visit can vary, but you might need anywhere from 1-2 hours to view all the important exhibits.

What are some of the key exhibits at the Duomo Museum?

Some of the key exhibits Duomo Museum include ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Lorenzo Ghiberti, ‘Penitent Magdalene’ by Donatello and ‘Pieta by Michaelangelo’, among many others.

What is the significance of the Gates of Paradise?

A set of gilded bronze doors by Lorenzo Ghibert, the Gates of Paradise is considered one of the greatest achievements of Renaissance art. Depicting scenes from the Old Testament in intricate detail, they were the gates to the Baptistery of San Giovanni. Today, the originals are housed in the Duomo Museum, while a pair of replicas stand in front of the Baptistery.

Are photography and videography allowed inside the museum?

Yes, photography and videography are allowed in most areas of the museum, but flash photography is prohibited.

Is the Opera del Museum accessible for visitors with special needs?

Yes, the museum is accessible for visitors with disabilities, including wheelchair access and an elevator.

Is there any dress code to enter the Duomo Museum?

It's advisable to dress modestly and respectfully, as you would when visiting religious or cultural sites in Italy. This typically means avoiding clothing that is too revealing or offensive. It's recommended to cover shoulders and knees. Visitors wearing shorts, skirts, or sleeveless tops may be asked to cover up before entering certain areas of the museum. Comfortable and modest attire will ensure a smooth and respectful visit to this cultural and historical site.