After a prolonged period of closure caused by the pandemic, Florence’s civic museums are set to reopen on Monday, January 18, news that has been long awaited by the cultural sector. The following museums will reopen to the public: Palazzo Vecchio and the Torre di Arnolfo, Museo Novecento (including the Henry Moore exhibitions), Museo Bardini, Brancacci Chapel, Santa Maria Novella Museum (with Massimo Sestini’s photographic show based on Dante), Gino Bartali Cycling Museum and the Auschwitz Memorial.
City councillor for culture, Tommaso Sacchi, commented, “Culture restarting sends a strong signal of hope…We have worked tirelessly to organize the reopening and we can announce that, on Monday, all the municipal museums will be open again. We want to send a clear message: culture, like schools, are fundamental pillars of society and crucial tools for the development and education of the younger generations.”
Under Italian law, museums may remain open on weekdays only in regions classed as “yellow zones” (medium-low risk of Covid-19 infection). Tuscany is a yellow zone until January 24, when the situation will be re-evaluated for the whole of Italy.
It has also been announced that the Boboli Gardens will reopen on Tuesday, January 19 (no news yet on the reopening of the Uffizi). Check here for updated information about opening hours. The Accademia has released details that the gallery intends to resume its cultural mission with a new layout on February 13.