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State Museums and Archaeological Sites in Tuscany

Enjoying art and culture for free once a month

How about enjoying a bit of art, history and culture on a Sunday? How about enjoying it with free admission?

Then mark the first Sunday of the month on your calendar and make note of the following State museums (and archaeological areas) across Tuscany where you can take advantage of free entrance to all as part of the #DomenicalMuseo initiative sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. In Florence, the city run museums extend free entrance only to local residents on the same day.

UPDATE: On MARCH 1, 2019, the first Free Sundays of the Month were changed to be offered only between October and March. Each State Museum will decide which other dates during the year it will offer free entrance, for a total a number of 20 days each year, and each has to publish their own calendar. We will offer details on our blog as soon as we see dates for 2020 announced officially by the main museums in Tuscany.

Dates for #DomenicalMuseo 2020

January 5
February 2
March 1
October 4
November 1
December 6

Museum Week 2020: free entrance for an entire week!

Another change in 2019 was the creation of an entire week at State museums that offered free entry to everyone! This free week last year was from March 5-10 but it was announced that it would change every year. I have yet to find details for 2020, and I'll update with dates as soon as I see them officially announced.

Which State museums can I visit for free in Tuscany?

We've compiled a list of State museums in Tuscany so you can have a full list but also to know which ones adhere to the #DomenicalMuseo (and to other special openings announced during the year, such as free entry to women on March 8th, International Womens Day) to make it easy for you to find museums near you! You will find something near you to visit, wherever you might be.


Roman Amphiteater - Arezzo

Museo Statale di Palazzo Taglieschi - Piazza Mameli, 16 - Anghiari
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9.00 to 18.00 - Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00; (Closed Mondays, January 1, May 1, December 25) Weekly closure: Monday
Basilica di San Francesco - Piazza San Francesco, 1 - Arezzo
Hours: Opening hours for the Basilica: Monday-Sunday: 8.30-12.00; 14.00-18.30
Museo Archeologico Nazionale “Gaio Cilnio Mecenate” and Anfiteatro romano di Arezzo - Via Margaritone, 10 - Arezzo
Hours: Monday through Sunday open from 8.30 to 19.30.
Museo di Casa Vasari - Via XX settembre, 55 - Arezzo
Hours: Every day 9,00-19,00; holidays 9,00-13,00 Weekly closure: Tuesday
Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna - San Lorentino, 8 - Arezzo
Hours: 8,30-19,30 Weekly closure: Monday
Area Archeologica del Sodo and Tomba di Camucia - Cortona
Hours: can be visited upon request
Antiquarium Nazionale di Sestino - Via Marche, 12 - Sestino
Hours: Every day 9.00-12.00 / 15.00-18.00; Sunday 9.00 - 12.00 Weekly closure: Monday


Medici Villa la Petraia - Florence

Villa Medicea di Cerreto Guidi and Historical Museum of the Hunt and Territory - Via Ponti Medicei, 7 - Cerreto Guidi
Hours: Open from Monday through Sunday from October through March from 10 to 18; from April through September from 9 to 18; Sunday from 10 to 19, Weekly closure: 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month
Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi - Via Della Ninna, 5, - Firenze
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8.30 – 13.30; Tuesday, Thursday 8.30 – 17.00; Sundays and holidays 8-15
Modern Art Gallery - Palazzo Pitti - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15 - 13.50 Weekly closure: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
Uffizi Gallery - Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6 - Firenze
Hours: From Tuesday through Sunday, ore 8,15-18,50 Closed: every Monday, January 1, May 1, Christmas 25. Weekly closure: Monday;
Costume Gallery - Palazzo Pitti - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15 - 13.50 Weekly closure: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
Accademia Gallery & Museum of Musical Instruments - Via Ricasoli, 58-60 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15-18.50 Weekly closure: Monday
Palatine Gallery and Royal Apartments - Pitti Palace - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15 - 18.50 Weekly closure: Monday
Garden of Villa di Castello - Via di Castello, 44 - Firenze
Hours: Check out this article.
Garden of the Royal Stables and Pagliere - Piazzale di Porta Romana, 1 - Firenze
Hours: 8.15 - 18.00 Weekly closure: Monday
Boboli Gardens - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: Jan-Feb. 8.00-16.30; March 8.00-17.30; April - May 8.00-18.30; June - August 8.00-19.30; Sept. 8.00-18.30; Weekly closure: First and last Monday of every month.
National Archaeological Museum in Firenze - S.S. Annunziata, 9 - Firenze
Hours: Daily, from Monday to Sunday: 8,30 - 14,00 Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 8,30 - 19,00
Silver Museum - Palazzo Pitti - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15 - 13.50 Weekly closure: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
Museum Last Supper of Andrea del Sarto - Via di San Salvi, 16 - Firenze
Hours: From Tuesday through Sunday, ore 8,15 – 13,50. Closed: every Monday, January 1, May 1, Christmas 25. Weekly closure: Monday
Museum of the Ancient Florentine House - Palazzo Davanzati - Via Porta Rossa, 13 - Firenze
Hours: from 8:15 to 13:50 ; è closed the 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month.
Medici Chapels - Madonna Aldobrandini - Firenze
Hours: Monday - Sunday, 8,15-17,00 Ticket office closes at 16.20. Weekly closure: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
Porcelain Museum - Piazza Pitti, 1 - Firenze
Hours: 9.00 - 13.30 Weekly closure: Monday
Casa Martelli Museum - Via F. Zannetti, 8 - Firenze
Hours: Thursdays from 13 to 19; Saturdays from 9.00 to 14 and the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of the month from 9 to 14
Egyptian Museum - Via della Colonna, 38 - Firenze
Hours: Mondays 14.00-19.00; Tuesdays, Thursdays 8.30-19.00; Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 8:30-14:00; Weekly closure: Monday morning
National Museum of Bargello - Via del Proconsolo, 4 - Firenze
Hours: Sundays and holidays 8.15 - 13.50 Weekly closure: 2nd and 4th Sunday, 1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of the month
Park of Villa Il Ventaglio - Via G. Aldini, 10/12 - Firenze
Hours: The park is open daily. Weekly closure: Monday
Medici Villa della Petraia - Via della Petraia, 40 - Firenze
Hours: Check this article for details.


Archaeological Site Roselle - Grosseto

Area Archeologica di Vetulonia - Vie Case di Siena, s.n.c. - Castiglione della Pescaia
Hours: April - September 9.00/19.45; October - March 9.00/18.00
Area Archeologica di Roselle - Via dei Ruderi - Grosseto
Hours: October - March 8.15-16.45; April - September 10.15-18.45 - ticket office closes 45min before 
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Cosa - Via delle Ginestre - Orbetello
Hours: Daily: 8.00-17.00 with some exceptions between January and March when it is closed. Open 10,00-19,00 rest of the year


Villa San Martino - Portoferraio, Elba

Museo Nazionale delle residenze Napoleoniche Palazzina dei Mulini - Piazzale Napoleone - Portoferraio
Hours: Daily 8,30 - 18,00 (last entrance 17,30); holidays 8.30-13,30 (last entrance 13,00). Weekly closure: Tuesdays
Museo Nazionale delle residenze Napoleoniche Villa S. Martino - Portoferraio
Hours: daily 8,30 - 16,00 (last entrance 15,00); holidays 8.30-13,30 (last entrance 13,00). Weekly closure: Monday

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Castiglioncello - Via del Museo, 8 - Castiglioncello, managed by the Comune di Rosignano Marittimo.
Until June 2018: Saturdays 16.30 - 18:30, Sundays and holidays (April 25, May 1, June 2) 10:30 - 12:30
July 1 - September 7, 2018: every day 17.30 - 20.00. Open August 15, Closed on Mondays.
From September 8th 2018, only on the first Sunday of the month (10.30-12.30) and by request, by calling 0586-724288
Guided visits and activities for groups or schools, on request. The museum is open for groups of at least 3 people, by calling and booking ahead. Paid guided visits can also be arranged.


Certosa di Calci in the province of Pisa, TuscanyCertosa di Calci - Pisa

Museo Nazionale della Certosa Monumentale di Calci - Via Roma, 79 - Calci
Hours: Daily 8:30 - 18:30 (entrance every hour in groups, with guide); Sunday and holidays: 8:30 - 12:30 Weekly closure: Monday
Museo Nazionale di San Matteo - San Matteo in Soarta, 1 - Pisa
Hours: 9.00 - 19.00 (weekdays and Saturdays) 9.00 - 13.30 (Sundays and holidays) Weekly closure: Monday


Palazzo Fabroni - Pistoia

Museo Nazionale di Casa Giusti - Via Vincenzo Martini, 18 - Monsummano Terme
Hours: December April 8.15-14.00/15.00-18.00, May - November 8.15-14.00/16.00-19.00
Fortezza di S. Barbara - Piazza della Resistenza, 1 - Pistoia
Hours: 8.15 - 13.30 Weekly closure: Monday
Museo Civico di Pistoia - Piazza del Duomo, 1 - Pistoia
Hours: from Thursday through Sunday from 10 to 18; holidays from 10 to 18.
Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee - Via Sant'Andrea 18 - Pistoia
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Easter and Easter Monday 10.00/13.00 – 15.00/18.00


Medici Villa Poggio a Caiano - Prato

Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano e Museo della Natura Morta - Piazza dei Medici, 14 - Poggio a Caiano
Hours: Every day, check hours here, Weekly closure: 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month


Pinacoteca Nazionale - Siena

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi - Via Porsenna, 93 - Chiusi
Hours: Every day 9,00-20.00
Necropoli di Poggio Renzo - Via della Pellegrina - Chiusi
Hours: (Can be visited partially only with ticket from Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Chiusi)
Museo della Comunità di Montalcino e del Brunello - Montalcino
Hours: on appointment
Eremo di San Leonardo al Lago - Santa Colomba - Monteriggioni
Hours: 9.30 - 15.30 Weekly closure: Monday
Museo Archeologico di Siena - Piazza Duomo - Spedale di S. Maria della Scala, 2 - Siena
Hours: Monday and Thursday 9.00-17.00, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 9.00/14.00; 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena - Via San Pietro, 29 - Siena
Hours: 8.30 - 13.30 (Monday); 9.00 - 19.00 (from Tuesday to Saturday); 8.00 - 13.00/14.00 - 20.00 (Sunday); Weekly closure: Monday afternoon
Villa Brandi a Vignano - Strada di Busseto, 42 - Siena
Hours: Open on request.

Disclaimer: Opening times and hours can change at any time without warning so take this information as a useful start to plan your days but verify that the museums you want to visit are open once you're in the area. We take no responsibility for unexpected changes or information that is no longer valid (although we'll try to keep this page updated).

Last update: January 25, 2020

Author: Lourdes Flores

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