Ospedale degli Innocenti’s museum in Florence

The Ospedale degli Innocenti’s museum opened again on June 24th, 2016, after an 8-year-long restoration, now you can enjoy 80 works of art, 140 “marks” left on abandoned babies, multimedia storytelling, and a rooftop café (Caffè del Verone) with a beautiful view over the city; it extends over 2000 square meters on four floors!

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The Ospedale degli Innocenti was founded in 1419 and in 1445 became the first institution probably in the whole world to be dedicated to children.

The aim was to raise anonymously abandoned children as much as possible as if the institution were their family, until 1875.
As written above, there is a space dedicated to 140 “marks”(displayed in little drawers that you can open!) which are the objects that families had left on children when they abandoned them (such as objects around their necks or attached to their cloths). These objects are believed to serve for recognition in case someone come claim the child later, that’s the reason why they were carefully noted in the archive of the institution.
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Upstairs you can admire the portico created by Brunelleschi and the interior courtyards – with a separate one which was for women. At the top of the museum there is the laundry-drying area (stenditoio), where now you can enjoy a cup of coffee.

The third floor of the museum extends mostly through one large room, where works of art commissioned for the institution over the years are on display, included works by Botticelli and Ghirlandaio.

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The museum is the first to focus on the history of childhood, just as the institution was the first to focus on less fortunate children and it also organises daily childrens’ activities, some of which do not require parental attendance – so that kids can experience the museum while their parents visit around.

Museo degli Innocenti
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it
Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12
(0039) 055 20371

Open from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00am to 7:00pm (last entrance at 6:30pm).



Small: € 7.00 (1 access to the museum)
Reduced: € 5.00

Medium: 10.00 (access to the Museum + audio guide, visit kits for specific audiences – with content in multiple languages – audio guide Italian / English – for adult audiences and children
Reduced: € 8.00


Large: € 30.00 (nominal ticket – the ticket allows the holder to visit the museum several times a year in the proposal by the Small business mode):
Reduced: € 20.00

Oversized: EUR 40.00 (allows to visit the Museum several times a year in the draft mode by Medium ticket)
Reduced: € 30.00

Family small: € 10.00 (allows access to the Museum to 2 adults with 2 children up to 11 years)

Family Medium: 15.00 (access to the Museum to 2 adults accompanied by 2 children up to 11 years + 2 support tools to the visit, with content in multiple languages – audio guide Italian / English – for the adult and kids)


*Reduction: over 65, children 12-18 years old, international student card holders, authorized groups of minimum 15 persons, holders of special agreements.

*Free: children up to 11 years, university students enrolled in Humanities (historic and artistic address, restoration, cultural heritage), Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Central Institute for Restoration, Opificio delle Pietre Dure, teachers with regional Edumusei card, ICOM members, journalists, guides / tour leaders, Disabled and their carers.


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