The Museo degli Innocenti in Florence reopens to the public on June 24, 2016
Inauguration: June 23 at 6pm (by invitation)
After three years of restoration work and 12.8 million euros spent, the Museo degli Innocenti (Museum of the Innocents) will reopen completely renovated with 1456 square meters of exhibition space and 1,655 square meters of temporary events, and educational activities.
The new museum tells the story of one of the oldest institutions in the world dedicated to the care and welcoming of children, the Institute of the Innocents has worked uninterruptedly for over six centuries. Founded at the beginning of the fifteenth century, it was the first secular institution dedicated to taking in children as an orphanage. A special part of the museum itinerary tells the history and evolution of the Institute of the Innocents through 70 biographies and personal memories of the “Nocentini” – the children who were welcomed in the orphanage.
The institute is located in the old Hospital of the Innocents in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1419 and enriched over time with works by famous artists. Today this precious historical and monumental complex is the home of the Museo degli Innocenti.
The museum now spreads across three floors and features two new entrances from Piazza Santissima Annunziata. The updated museum will have temporary exhibitions complementing the permanent collection, which includes work from Luca and Andrea della Robbia, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Piero di Cosimo. Other additions include a dedicated children’s bookshop, family-focused activities (with a space for breastfeeding) and a rooftop caffè open also to non-ticket holders. The new layout makes the institution’s narrative clearer, tracing its history from the 15th century forward and highlighting how it became an international symbol of childcare, but also going further in depth about its architectural importance and function. Get a sneak preview below:
Today the Institute’s activities include establishing and testing educational and social services, studying the condition of children and promoting children’s rights and culture, in line with the UN Convention on the rights of children. The commitment to protect children and their rights, updated as culture and society develop, has always been supported by donations from private citizens, associations and companies, confirming a widespread participation in the Institute’s mission.
Museo degli Innocenti
Piazza SS. Annunziata 13, Florence – ITALY
Open daily, 10am–7pm (opens to the public on June 24, 2016)
Tickets 7 euro / 5 euro reduced
The museum’s new Caffè del Verone is open daily, 10am–7pm.