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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
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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New museum still finding it's feet

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 September 2016
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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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

1 Thank sccrref
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

In a city with an abundance of (the most beautiful) art, this museum of the 20th century can give you some fresh air. The collection is not really exceptional. But it's a nice alternative to all the other things there are to see in Florence. Nicely presented.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

There is no other word suited my first impression what Museo Novecento is all about- It is really BORING. The only thing i loved about this museum were the staffs that are so kind and helpful. Florence is Florence, The City of Rennaissance.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2015

We have visited many art galleries over the world and after three weeks in Italy were looking forward to something modern. However, this gallery failed on several levels: the directions were not easy to follow; They did not take credit cards; it was housed in a beautiful old building, but every so often garishly coloured passageways led you to the... More 

1 Thank Waiariki
Road Town, Tortola
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

Nice museum for a change of scenario... Instead of all the AMAZING art from the past centuries they have a more recent art (modern & contemporary). Lot's of nice stuff and if you have some extra time to spare it is worthy visiting.

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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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