Bargello Museum


Also Known as:  Palazzo del Bargello, Museo Nazionale del Bargello 


Address: Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze Fl, Italy 


Early Era

Construction began in 1255 on the Palace that the Bargello Museum is located in.  The development was completed in 1261.  The original purpose for the palace was to house Capitano del Popolo which was essentially the Police Captain for the city of Florence.  Medici family dispense of the position in 1574.  

From 1574 the building was used as a prison. The courtyard was used for city executions until the practice was abolished in 1786.

However, it remained the headquarters for the Florentine police until 1859.

National Museum

In 1865, The Bargello opened as a national museum, displaying 14th to 17th century art and sculptures (largest collection in Italy). 

The Bargello is famous for its collection of Renaissance sculptures.  They include works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Giambologna and many more. 

The museum is split into three floors. The ground floor houses sculptures from the 16th century including the work from Michelangelo. The First floor contains sculptures from the 14th century. And the Second floor contains remaining sculptures which are labeled as “Minor Works”. Although all of them are considered priceless.



Brutus, Crucifix, Bacchus 


Architettura and Mercury

Tullio Lombardo

Bust of Christ

Bust of Christ 


Option 1:

You can purchase tickets directly from the museum here.

Tickets cost 11 Euros + 4 Euros for booking fee

Option 2:

You can also purchase a Bargello Museum tour here:

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