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Museo Novecento

Santa Maria Novella
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Address: Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 10, 50123, Florence, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 055 286132
11:00 - 19:00
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Thu 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Wed 11:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

The museum is located in the old Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella...

The museum is located in the old Dominican convent of Santa Maria Novella which, together with the adjacent basilica, is one of the most prestigious complexes of monumental buildings in the city.The cloisters included in the visit show rare examples of fourteenth and fifteenth-century Florentine painting, including works by Paolo Uccello.The cloister leads to the old chapter house, then to the Cappella degli Ubriachi and the old Refectory, hosting a permanent exhibition.

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Feeling somewhat overloaded by churches and museums I headed here for a quick break after visiting Santa Maria Novella (it's only a couple of minutes walk away). I wouldn't say I... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Feeling somewhat overloaded by churches and museums I headed here for a quick break after visiting Santa Maria Novella (it's only a couple of minutes walk away). I wouldn't say I am a fan of modern art but I do enjoy some and there was enough here to keep me engaged for an hour or so. What I particularly loved... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Feeling overwhelmed and footsore after days of viewing famous Renaissance art, statues and architecture? Drop in at the Museo Novecento to see the newer stuff -- Italian art of the 20th century. Opened in 2014, the museum shows about 300 paintings, sculptures, videos and installations. A highlight is the theatre (you can sit down!) on the third floor that shows... More 

1 Thank Brent45
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

We went on a busy Florence afternoon during the Christmas holidays. The tourists in Florence only like the old stuff as there were not more than ten in this museum. Thing are well exhibited, exciting collection.

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

I have to be honest: I am no great lover of 'modern art' but everywhere I go, I do try and learn, hoping to see the light.. And sometimes I find galleries and museums which do seem to inspire: the Stedelijk in Amsterdam and the Tate Modern in London. But not here, I am afraid, despite the enthusiasm of our... More 

2 Thank Simon R
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visited in early Sep 2016. This is a fairly new museum, and it feels a little like it's still building it's collection. The artwork on offer was of mixed quality, but does give a good representation of how modern art has had a cultural influence over the history of the city since the early 20th century.... More 

1 Thank David_Hawes
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

Using our Florence Museum Card, we gained easy access to this museum. The collection though appeared to be limited and poorly grouped. In comparison to Milan's Modern Art Museum, it was a disappointment. If you have interest in a particular artist's work that is displayed here or are in possession of the Florence Museum Card and have spare time, then... More 

1 Thank Viagg16
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Without crowds too. Just by the train station and the Santa Maria Novella church. Signed well in English. Focus on Italian artists of the 20th century. 3 floors. Well spaced. Very unique way you can stand in a spot on the floor and hear audio relating to a work. Can do in an hr-hr and a half.CASH only. Highly recommend

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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

The Museo Novecento is a museum of modern art so makes a change from the other museums in Florence. Worth visiting to see something different

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Located on the south side of the Santa Maria Novella Piazza, this municipal museum has a reasonable collection of 20th century Italian Art. Since Florence attracts visitors mainly for its outstanding Renaissance art, this museum is sparsely attended. On a Sunday afternoon there were no more than six visitors wandering over the three floors. In fact, there were more staff... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2015

While I'm not the world's greatest fan of modern art (my interest dips post 1920...), this is a well laid out, bright and interesting gallery to visit. The permanent collection is palatable (for me anyway) and the short film on the third floor about Florence in film is very sweet and entertaining. If you have the Firenze Card, use it... More 

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Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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