Museo dell'Opera del Duomo
The Museo dell’Opera del Duomo is located conveniently right behind the Duomo, for which most of its collection was originally created. Inside you’ll see an unfinished Michelangelo pieta that he had apparently started as a piece to decorate his own tomb. He was later so unhappy with it that he broke it, but it was later put back together by a new owner. The face of Nicodemus is said to be a self-portrait of the sculptor.
Other highlights of the museum collection are Ghiberti’s original bronze panels from Florence’s Baptistery. The doors you see on the Baptistery today are excellent reproductions, but the originals are kept in air-tight containers to prevent further damage.
This Florence museum opened in 1891 but really rose to the level of must-see tourist attraction after the flood of 1966. During that flood, the water level was so high (and subsequent mud so pervasive) that much of the art in the Duomo was damaged. It was removed for repairs, and then quite a number of important pieces were moved to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo instead of going back into the cathedral.
Tours & Tickets
Florence Super Saver: Best of Florence Walking Tour, Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery and Florence Duomo
Combine two best-selling Florence tours at a discounted price, and enjoy a day of art and sightseeing in the city! This small-group Florence Super Saver ... Read more
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
Take a small group tour of the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's famous statue of David and afterwards enjoy your walking tour of Florence. Numbers are ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Duration: 8 days (approx.)
See the best of beautiful Italy on this 9-day tour from Milan! With an expert guide at your side, visit Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Veneto, the Italian Lakes and ... Read more
Duration: 9 days (approx.)