Museo Stibbert
Museo Stibbert
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A museum showcasing the eccentric and eclectic tastes of Frederick Stibbert, a 19th century art collector.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Santa Maria Novella
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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Louis V
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
As soon as we paid for the tickets, we started feeling unwell from the heat. We asked if the museum was air conditioned and were told it was not. We then asked for a refund seeing that we felt very faint from the heat. This was flatly refused. The temperatures in the museum must certainly go over the health and safety norms. The two staff members said that they too have to bear the heat.
Also, the guide services are stopped in summer and only recommence in November (perhaps the guide can't take the heat?).
It should be made amply clear that the place does not have air conditioning especially in light of the unbearable temperatures that Europe and indeed the world, is experiencing at the moment.
Written 25 July 2023
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Amelia T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This is such an amazing hidden gem of Florence! Because it is out of the city center it is often overlooked by people which not only makes it that much more special but it also means you have the museum pretty much to yourself. It is a wonderful collection of weaponry and amour from all over the world and if that isn't interesting to you the building itself is spectacular! Every room is styled differently with unique and beautiful objects and art pieces. The museum's staff are so lovely and it is an absolutely must-see for history lovers and people looking for unique experiences in Florence.
Written 23 September 2023
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GPukas
Vienna, Austria104 contributions
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Apr 2022
Unfortunately did not manage to get in as the (b)witches that work on the entrance did not let us in while there was still one hour left before closing. It is amazing how people do not manage to share what's not theirs - seems to be typical to this town. Disappointment for me and even more for my son.
Written 22 April 2022
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frank
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Absolutely amazing. I have seen a lot of armour in Europe and this exceeds all of them. I bet there are one half million items here. In addition the building is incredible. Your eyes are worn out trying to see everything. Garden,cafe tickets for museum 7e. For someone into European,ottomon or Asian weapons and armour this is world class. Little bit of a walk from t1 tram stop
Written 25 April 2023
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Rome_70
Rome, Italy2,553 contributions
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Date: November 28th-29th, 2006
That is my report for a short getaway to Florence to visit the Stibbert Collection to go along with hubby’s passion: Ancient armours and weapons. The trip was taken at the very last minute, so not a lot of planning, but came out a perfect one. Since we had the opportunity, we decided to go avoiding the weekend and as you soon will discover it was a perfect choise.

The night before leaving I booked an hotel through [--] and in the morning we went to the nearest travel agency (in our case in Risorgimento Square) that operates as a train ticket office to purchase the tickets.
We catched the EuroStar to Florence around noon and before 2pm we were in Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. The first stop was to the Touristic Information Office just in front of the station to collect a city map and a museums opening/closing time schedule. We then led to the Hotel Baglioni Bernini Palace, just off Signoria Square, behind Palazzo Vecchio. We walked very easily carring our small size trolleys. When we arrived at the hotel we had the first positive surprise, because instead of the booked Superior-DeLuxe Room, we had a Junior Suite at the same price. Since our room was not ready yet, we left our luggage and went out to explore. We visited Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi: no line at all (I told you that was a perfect day!). Around 7pm we finally took possesion of our beautiful room, and refreshed and restored went out looking for a place to dine. I was determinated to find out a place where I have been to with my parents, maybe 12 or 13 years before; I could remember the name, Il Paiolo, and that it was located in a street that started from Calzaiuoli Street. I led my hubby here and there, walking in a circle for a while; he was almost going to loose his patience, but too scared to deal with a stubborn girl, when…et voilà: Il Paiolo, exactly as I remembered it! We had a memorable 5 courses meals at the fair price of 140 euros or so (but the bottle of Chianti alone costed 40 euros!): we are two big ‘buone forchette’ (good forks)! Of course at this point, so full rounded, we urged a walk (not even covering the marathon distance could help to digest!). We took a walk to Ponte Vecchio, all lit up, and went on to Piazza Santo Spirito, my favourite part of the city, for a drink. Around midnight, as two Cinderellas, we were sleeping.

The next morning we went to visit the Stibbert Collection, that was also the pourpose of our trip. The museum is definitely off-beaten track, but very easy to reach with the bus #4, with a 10-15 minutes bus ride and a short walk uphill. Soon after our arrival, we happly discovered to be the only visitors that day; a young lady escorted us (we didn’t have our own guide and visitors are never left alone in the rooms since some pieces were stolen, but fortunately recollected), she let us taking our time to pace around as we wanted (I think that she broke the rules, because the visit should be done in less than 2 hours). There was also a local secondary school teacher with us, who was planning a trip for her class; I think that she was pretty amused with hubby’s broken Italian explanations and commentaries (he speaks German, and not very familiar with the Italian yet!), but at least she understood how some ‘mysterious’ military items worked and were used. Now, as historian of art let me say that this place was the most overwhelming in the world!
The Stibbert Collection is one of the most important and richest private armours collections in the world, it is located in the wonderful house of Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), and managed by a foundation as it was stated in Stibbert’s willing. Frederick Stibbert was born in Italy, his father was British, the mother Italian, but raised and educated in Cambridge, England. His family has always been involved into the military career: the father was a colonel of the Coldstream Guards, his grandfather was the Governor of Bengala, India, and the young Frederick served for Garibaldi’s campaigns. In 1859, having inherited the family fortune, he started to work to his project: Creating his own museum. In an ‘horror vacui’ setting, where each available inche is covered, Stibbert displayed his collection of around 50.000 pieces, mostly armours and weapons coming from the most different corners of the world (Japan, India, China, Middle East or Europe), but also Roman iscriptions and coats of arms (on display in the amazing garden), Flemish and Gobelin tapestries, paintings, costumes (one of the highlights pieces is the Napoleon’s incoronation costume) and porcelains. That makes this place a gem for arts & crafts lovers as well; walking through the rooms, the visitor has the strong feeling to have been shot into Alice in Wonderland: In one room you could be in the Alahambra (Granada, Spain) or at the Louis XIV’s court, but also in a tent in the Sahara desert or in a Italian Renaissance palace. The 3 hours spent there flied away as a fingers’ snap!
Overloaded with books (unfortunately there isn’t a catalogue, but only publications of the foundation and mostly in Italian), we went back to the train station and decided to go eating to Piazza Santo Spirito. We opted for an ‘easy’ lunch to Cabiria, the cosy cocktail bar/pub we went already the previous night, but for fussier people there is a trattoria nearby and a cute/trendy restaurant at the other end of the square (my second favourite in Florence). Even if we had time enough to visit Palazzo Pitti, we decided to skip it: our eyes were still fulfilled of Stibbert Collection’s beauties! We strolled around for some Christmas shopping/souvenirs; we had Michelangelo and Dante’s busts for my personal gallery of celebrities and some kitchen/cooking items with the Chianti Gallo Nero logo. A quick visit to the Duomo, to show hubby the biggest Italian church, as St Peter is not on the Italian soil, and then back to the hotel to collect our belongins to catch the 7.00pm EuroStar. Our Florentine sample was over, but left us with the promise to come back as soon as possible: so many places and sites left to cover!

Written 29 March 2007
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stag
Ottawa, Canada5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A little rushed indeed! But then, two days per room would have been barely enough to see everything there is to see in this marvelous museum. The only way to see this place is by guided tour, which departs once an hour, and there are some 15 rooms (more or less depending on what is getting restored) so you only get five minutes per room. And photography is not allowed so that route is out as well. AND they don't have an illustrated catalogue, so you can't go by THEIR photography either. I cannot see the logic in this method, it is like they don't really want me to be there. I suppose that is reasonable...as polite as they are they really look at people like me as an intrusion on their real job, which is to preserve and care for the most perfect collection of arms and armour in Europe. This collection is more complete than the Wallace collection, more diverse than the Tower of London, and more eclectic than Gratz. If you have a real interest in studying the collection, you can always make arrangements for private study with the curator (if and when he is in in!) otherwise, you can take a quick one hour tour, and get exposed to more armour than you can possibly absorb.

Oh, and did I mention that there is more than armour here? Stubbert was quite a collector. Tapestries and fabrics, and the house itself are all worth the minor admission price. As well, the grounds are free for as long as you like, and they make a wonderful break from the bustle of Florence. You might want to take a taxi to get to the museum, it is a fair ways North of the downtown core, however, I suggest you walk back to the centre of Florence from the Stibbert Museum, you will pass the Russian Church and the best farmer's market this side of Toronto.
Written 8 December 2002
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Fanatic-Gastronome
San Francisco, CA280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Have you ever want to see what Bruce Wayne's (aka BATMAN) mansion would look like in real life? You better get over here because the Stibbert Museum is as closed as it is going to get.

(If you just want the tips, scroll to the bottom)

First, I mean no disrespect to the Stibbert estate and trust. On the contrary, this comparison is a compliment.

Since there are a lot of Batman movies, let met clarify. I am referring to Batman (1989) starring Michael Keaton. There is a scene in the movie which shows one of Bruce Wayne's rooms, composed of various types of armors and weapons.

Now, that I got your attention, please read on-

Getting to the museum is a bit tough since the Stibbert Museum (aka Museo Stibbert) was someone's home in the past. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood and surrounded by a large garden with walls to protect its inhabitants and ensure privacy, the museum is on top of a hill about 2.6 km or 1.6 miles from the train station/Basilica of Santa Maria Novella (about 30 min walk). I walked from the Westin Excelsior/Regis Hotel location 3.2 km (2 miles) which takes about 45 min. Give yourself an extra 15-20 min in case you get lost.
The last 10-15 min is the toughest because you will be walking uphill. Not fun on a hot summer day (96 F /36 C). Luckily the house has air conditioning, but not waiting room for the tour.

As you take a breather in the waiting room, you wonder who is Frederick Stibbert and how big is his collection.
A brief history- The Stibbert family started when Thomas Stibbert moved from Norfolk, United Kingdom to Florence, Italy where he met his wife, Giulia Cafaggi. They had three children, the eldest being Frederick Stibbert, born in 1838. Since Frederick's grandfather was involved in the Indian trade and was governor of Bengal (India), the family had a lot of money. By the time Thomas Stibbert died, all the money was left to Frederick Stibbert.

Frederick was only in his twenties when he inherited the family fortune. During the next 40 years, Frederick Stibbert collected mostly armor and weapons from Europe, the Middle East and Asia (primarily Japan). The military pieces were then displayed in separate rooms based on geography and time period.

Let the tour begin- Your first room, led by your tour guide, is huge with a 10 ft (3 m) wide fireplace composed of emerald green marble laced with gold details, walls of paintings and tapestries and a ceiling with high vaulted arches culminating in the center resembling the dome of a cathedral . This room is unique because it is a mix of history and privacy (think gigantic family room with 30 ft ceilings adorned with famous paintings and guarded by over 30 suits of armor). Yes, Frederick loved his home and loved to entertain.

As you continue the tour, you realize that the museum rooms (or shall we say history rooms) have been transformed with the architecture to fit the time pieces from floor to wall to ceiling. There is even a war room with a tented ceiling composed of flowing fabric to give you a sense of a command center in the battlefield. Take a deep breath and allow the ambience of each room to sink in. You might imagine what it must have been like to be a kid in here, going from room to room, playing with your friends and creating your own stories, based on the artifacts from each time period.
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The living quarters are separated from the museum rooms and resemble rooms of King Louis XIV's the Palace of Versailles. Frederick spent a lot of money on art and tapestries to decorate the 15 to 30 ft (4.5 to 9 M) walls and ceilings. You might notice that some of the paintings resemble famous museum pieces (Mona Lisa), but give him a break. This is his home and he wanted to have the best. Like everyone else, if you can not get the original, the next best thing is an excellent reproduction. Kudos to him (proof that you can not buy everything even if you are loaded with money. LOL).

He had a team of craftsmen to restore the artifacts, sometimes creating replicas to replace missing parts.
You appreciate how one man has traveled the world, collecting and transforming his 64 room home (over 5000 sq meters/ 55,000 sq ft) into the Stibbert Museum containing over 50,000 items (the museum website states that only 35,000 are on display).

Overall, great home and great museum.
Note- the outside of the home and garden is not in great shape. Translation - Please come and enjoy it now. Who knows how long the government can keep up the maintenance.

Tips-
1. Provide a little extra time for that climb up the hill.
2. If you have bad knees or hips or just don't want to end up perspiring, take a taxi.
3. Each tour has a maximum of 25 people and starts at the hour mark.
4. If you bought a ticket online and arrive more than an hour early, the staff will allow you to change your ticket and tour with earlier group before you.

Dress code- very casual, shorts, T-shirts, etc.

The tour guide speaks Italian and moderate English. He seems to be improving on his English since past reviews mentioned little to no English.

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Written 1 September 2019
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Lightseeker001
Huntington Beach, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My son discovered this in a brochure available from the tourist information centers. We made a reservation for an English speaking guide as advised. Our guide actually spoke several languages fluently.
We took a taxi up the steep hills north of the duomo, and were greeted at the door by our guide. Tours are limited to fairly small groups. We arrived on a rainy early December day, and there were the three of use and handful of people speaking other languages. This museum is most famous for its displays of old armor and weaponry from many parts of the world. There are also restored living quarters, porcelains, chandeliers. This museum is still a work in progress-some areas aren't as well restored as others. The guides are very patient and answer all questions thoughtfully and as in much depth as you care to ask. We purchased several books, mostly in Italian, about the museum, its collections and one especially interesting book about the cultural exchange between Middle Eastern and European dress over the centuries.
If you are a costume or arms buff, you'll enjoy this. When the weather is nice, there are lovely gardens to stroll, too.
Written 14 October 2003
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jaygeetee19
Forres, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
I’ve been to Florence twice before, but never made it to Stibbert, this time when the town was under a thunderstorm it was the ideal time to go.

My wife and I were the only visitors at our time slot so we had the undivided attention of our guide. She conducted our tour entirely in English, her grasp of which was first class. The tour consisted of her taking us to each room and giving us a brief introduction to the contents. After that we had about ten minutes to explore. Our guide did not hurry us and were able to explore at our own pace, albeit we knew that our time in each room was limited.

For me the first part of the tour is the highlight, with a massive collection of mediaeval armour and weapons. There are also early firearms, both flint lock pistols and muskets. There is also a large collection of horse armour, with one of the highlights being a cavalcade of a dozen horses and riders in armour. The European armour is overshadowed by the Japanese collection, but for me the star was the Islamic armour - the craftsmanship was breathtaking.

The second part of the tour was good too, but for me the tour of his house did not my attention like the earlier armour.

This museum is certainly worthwhile. It is one of the highlights of a visit to Florence, especially if you are a military history enthusiast. My hour tour certainly whizzed part. My only gripe is the concept of the tour. I was especially lucky to go there with just my wife. I believe that the maximum tour size is 25, which I don’t think would be enjoyable. The rooms would be too crowded. I get that the museum wants to control costs and protect the exhibits, but what this way of working does is limit your time to enjoy the the exhibits, which is not ideal.
Written 13 December 2019
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mxshaver
Cleveland, OH26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
I have been to Florence 3 times for several weeks in total. I've done all of the major attractions and museums, filled with their long lines, high prices, and "must-see" art. Sure, the Uffizi is great and the David is stunning, but my favorite place by far is the Stibbert Musem.

During my last trip, I was searching for something to do online and happened upon the Stibbert Museum. Having always been fascinated with the local armor collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the armor scenes in Disney's Bedknobs & Broomsticks, I figured I'd check it out. The museum was located some distance from the city center, about a 45-minute brisk walk, but is easily reachable by car or bus. I arrived on a weekday afternoon, by myself, and had no idea what was in store.

I paid the extraordinarily cheap ticket (something like 10 euros) and was told that the museum only offers guided tours (check the website & plan in advance!). Luckily, the next one was starting right after I arrived, and since I was the only person there I soon found myself receiving a 1-on-1 tour of the entire museum from a very friendly and knowledgeable Italian tour guide who led me through the grounds. His English was amazing, he answered every question I could possibly think of, and once he had a sense of the items that really caught my eye he began pointing out pieces that he thought I would like. I felt as though the entire tour was customized for me, it was amazing.

The museum itself is unlike anything you'll ever see. Some of the rarest pieces of armor and weaponry, ranging from Ancient Roman times to the late 19th century, fill uncountable display cases and hand-made mannequins alongside one-of-a-kind wardrobe pieces, decorative masks, and the most jaw-dropping collection of samurai artifacts I've ever seen in my life. The best samurai movies have nothing on this museum. The sheer number of samurai swords, full suits of armor, and masks are astounding. Not to mention the casual Egyptian sarcophagus, the last existing examples of ancient Afghan armor, the amazing Venice-made chandeliers worth more than a house, and clothing worn by Napolean himself. I could go on forever, but I'm afraid I'll begin to feel too nostalgic and accidentally book a ticket for my 4th Florence trip. I plan on returning every time I visit the City of Lilies.

Long story short, there is something for everyone in the Stibbert Museum. Stibbert himself lives on in the fantastical collection he assorted and donated to the public. My only wish is that more Florence tourists would visit this museum so we can share pictures and memories of all the one-of-a-kind relics this remarkable museum has to offer.
Written 14 February 2019
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