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IMPORTANT : If the time requested is not available, the museum will confirm a timetable different from the one you requested, but as close as possible to the one you requested.
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
There is a museum shop at the entrance where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages and objects inspired by works of the Museum.
Visitors must hand in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks.
The museum is accessible for disabled persons.
The Museum is dedicated to the traditional art of the Florentine mosaic (or inlaid work) in semi-precious stones. That ancient art, brought to new life thanks to the Medici family, was already known by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans who created mosaics using marble and semi-precious stones (quartz, chalcedony, jasper, lapis-lazuli).
For many centuries, Florentine craftsmen have skilfully cut the naturally coloured stones into shapes, fitting them together to create magnificent architectural decorations as well as the most precious objects.
The Opificio delle Pietre Dure (Semi-precious Stones Workshop) was officially founded in 1588 by Ferdinando I de’ Medici. For more than three centuries most of the work has been dedicated to the decoration of the Chapel of the Princes, the Medici mausoleum, under the direction of architects and sculptors, such as Bernardo Buontalenti, Matteo Nigetti and Pietro Tacca.
The workshops, once located in the Casino Mediceo and then in the Uffizi, were moved to the present site in 1796. The museum, next to the workshop, has gradually begun to work from the late 19th century, when the Opificio started to attend to artworks restoration.
In 1995 the museum was renovated and enlarged with an educational section dedicated to the history of the workshop and workmanship.
The museum displays a big collection of semi-precious stone works (the so called “Florentine mosaic”), real “stone paintings”: portraits, coats of arms, abstract decorations, landscapes, stories, architectures. An important section is dedicated to nature subjects, in particular flowers, often together with fruits and birds, very fashionable between 17th and 18th centuries.
Among the works on display there are mural decorations, tables, vases, caskets, small sculptures, cameos, cabinets and other pieces of furniture, often decorated with ebony and gilded bronze. The section dedicated to the Laboratory of semi-precious stones shows 18th century work benches, tools, hundreds of samples of the most precious stones used by the craftsmen.