Welcome to the captivating Museum of Musical Instruments, where the magic of sound and history intertwine.
Located to the right of the Hall of the Colossus and the entrance of the Accademia, the Museum of Musical Instruments is a little-known treasure.
This unique haven showcases a remarkable collection of musical treasures from across the globe, spanning centuries of cultural heritage.
Immerse yourself in the symphony of diverse instruments, from ancient relics to modern marvels.
As you journey through the Museum of Musical Instruments, you’ll uncover the stories behind these harmonious creations and their role in shaping the melodies of different civilizations.
Step into this melodic wonderland and let the past and present music resonate in your soul.
This museum contains 50 musical instruments including harpsichords, early pianos called “pianoforte,” wind and string instruments, and one of the well-known musical instruments Viola by Stradivari.
One of the best locations in Florence to look at classical music instruments is the Gallerie dell’Accademia.
What’s fascinating about these instruments is how much work went into producing them.
Purchase the musical instrument museum tickets to the Accademia Gallery for a fun musical experience with 17th and 18th-century instruments.
The entry tickets to Accademia Gallery include the Musical Instrument Museum free admission, so you don’t need an extra ticket.
Antonio Stradivari Viola
The unique tenor viola created by Antonio Stradivari in 1690 is one of the most priceless pieces on display at the Accademia.
This Antonio Stradivari violin price is estimated to be around $20 million and is one of the most expensive violins in the world.
It is constructed from the highest quality red spruce and maple wood embellished with inlays of mother-of-pearl, ivory, and ebony that feature the Medici crest.
Pianoforte Instrument: Bartolomeo Cristofori First Piano
The extraordinary invention called “pianoforte” (piano) by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1688 is also featured in this hall.
Cristofori (1655–1722) spent his entire life crafting musical instruments and exploring novel materials and sounds.
To hear how this first piano differs from its predecessor, the harpsichord, listen to the multimedia at the gallery.
Paintings at Musical Instrument Museum
On the walls behind the historical musical instruments of Italy, you can see a series of canvases painted by Anton Domenico Gabbiani between 1685 and 1690 and Bartolomeo Bimbi.
In these paintings, Anton Domenico Gabbiani depicted the musicians employed by the Medicis, their musical and social life and their instruments at the Court of Grand Prince Ferdinando.
In the paintings, one can identify the composer, Pietro Salvetti and music director, Francesco Veracini, for the Medicis.
A collection of still-life paintings from the 17th century show magnificent tables with fine musical instruments from Italy and enticing fruits.
To sum up, you can enhance your experience at the Music Instrument Museum Florence by using multimedia equipment that provides information about the features and sounds of the instruments.
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