Italy has a wealth of museums displaying art and artifacts from prehistory through modern days. Whether you’re looking for archaeology, Renaissance paintings, or modern art, Italy has something to offer. Here you can find some the most famous Italian museums.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of Italy’s most popular museums and is one of the top things to see in Florence. The Uffizi has an amazing collection of art works by many of Italy’s Renaissance masters, one of the best collections in the world. Because it’s so popular it’s best to book in advance to be sure to get tickets.
Location: Piazzale degli Uffizi 6, 50122, Florence
Nearby sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza del Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio
Nearby hotels: Grand Hotel Cavour, Bernini Palace Hotel, Hotel Degli
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8:15 am – 6:30 pm
Although not technically in Italy (Vatican City is a separate state), the Vatican Museums complex is easily visited from Rome. With more than 1400 rooms, it’s the largest museum complex in the world. Admission includes visiting the museum, galleries with 3,000 years of art, the Sistine Chapel, and parts of the papal palace.
Location: Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City
Nearby sights: St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Square, Sistine Chapel
Tel.: +39 06 69884676
Nearby hotels: The Victory Suite, Villa Vaticana, Hearth Hotel
Official website: http://www.museivaticani.va/
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Archaeological Museum
The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world’s best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities. Many of the objects come from excavations at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and nearby archaeological sites. For lovers of archaeology and ancient Roman sites, this is a must-see museum.
Location: Piazza Museo Nazionale, 19, 80135, Naples
Nearby sights: Museo Cappella Sansevero, Galleria Borbonica, Gesu Nuovo Church
Nearby hotels: Art Hostel, Hotel Miramare, Hotel Europeo & Flowers
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
Official website: http://cir.campania.beniculturali.it/museoarcheologiconazionale/
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice is Italy’s top museum for contemporary art. It’s housed in the 18th century palazzo that was the residence of wealthy art patron, Peggy Guggenheim, who collected masterpieces from some of the best-known artists and art movements of the 20th century.
Location: Near Accademia along Gran Canal, 30123 Venice
Nearby sights: Grand Canal, Doges’ Palace, St. Mark’s Square
Tel.: +39-041- 2405-411
Nearby hotels: Charming House DD724, Hotel Savoia & Jolanda, Baglioni Hotel Luna
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
One of the world’s best Egyptian museums, the Museo Egizio, is in the northern Italian city of Turin. It’s been recently remodeled and is more stunning than ever. More than 6000 artifacts are on display (and thousands more are in storage).
Location: Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6 / Aperto Anche il Lunedi Mattina, 10123 Turin
Nearby sights: Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Piazza San Carlo
Tel.: +39 11 561 7776
Nearby hotels: NH Torino Santo Stefano, Best Quality Hotel Gran Mogol, Terres d’Aventure Suites
Opening hours: Sun – Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Leonardo da Vinci Science and Technology Museum
This is Italy’s largest science and technology museum. In addition to housing the Leonardo Gallery, which contains some of Leonardo da Vinci’s original drawings and numerous models of the his scientific innovations, the museum has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.
Location: Via San Vittore 21, 20123 Milan
Nearby sights: Milan Cathedral, L'Ultima Cena, Duomo Rooftops
Tel.: 39 02 485551
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Sat – Sun 9:30 am – 6:30
Nearby hotels: Hotel Spadari al Duomo, Starhotels Rosa Grand, Hotel Manin
Official website: http://www.museoscienza.org/