San Marco Museum Tickets

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Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Florence, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Come and see the extraordinary painting of Beato Angelico, the elegance and the delicacy of his drawing, the moving religiosity of his works on wood and on fresco, located in a charming architectural complex.

Do not waste time during your holidays by standing in line. Buy tickets online through our safe and easy system and you will have immediate access to the masterpieces of Florence.

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What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Visit this charming museum located inside an ancient Dominican monastery
  • See the masterpieces of Fra Angelico
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time
  • Stay in the museum how long you want

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:

  • European Community citizens between 18 and 25 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
  • Teachers from EU public institutes (Città del Vaticano, Montecarlo, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Repubblica di San Marino, Lichtestein included) with proof of tenure.

Free Ticket:

  • Citizens under 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)

Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.

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Bookshop

There is one museum shop inside, where it is possible to buy guide books in various languages, art publications and objects inspired by works of the Museum.

Disabled Visitors

The museum is accesible for disabled persons. However we recommend to put you in contact with the Administrative Department.

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The Museum is located in the homonymous San Marco Square n°3 - Florence.

Museum

Once a Dominican monastery, it houses the largest collection in the world of paintings by Beato Angelico.

History

The Museum is housed in the Dominican monastery of San Marco, built between 1438 and 1444 by will of Cosimo the Elder of the Medici family, on a design by the architect Michelozzo, who created an architectural masterpiece of functionality, harmony and elegance.

The monastery, and the adjoining Library, once housing Greek and Latin books, was one of the most important centres of the Florentine Humanism, but its fame is mainly due to the splendid cycle of frescoes painted within 1450 by the painter-monk Fra Angelico, one of the greatest masters of the Florentine Renaissance.

Head of the monastery at the end of the 15th C. was Girolamo Savonarola, great preacher who inspired the Florentine Republic, then condemned as an heretic and executed on Piazza Signoria in 1498. The State Museum was opened in 1869.

Collections

The rooms of the monastery are located all around the Renaissance cloister by Michelozzo, on the ground and on the upper floor. The biggest collection in the world of panel-paintings by Beato Angelico has been displayed in the Hospice Hall (Sala dell’Ospizio) since the early 20th century. The section by the Large Refectory was arranged much later (1980-90) in order to house paintings by Fra Bartolomeo and the artists of the San Marco School.

The Last Supper frescoed in 1480 by Domenico Ghirlandaio decorates the Small Refectory. The big cycle of frescoes by Fra Angelico, remarkable example of contemplative art, starts in the cloister and in the Chapter House, but it is fully displayed on the upper floor, along the corridors and inside the cells of the dormitory. On the same upper floor the harmonious Library by Michelozzo houses a great collection of 15th century illuminated books.

At the far end of the dormitory, the cells once belonged to Savonarola show memories of his life and of his tragic death.

Masterpieces

Panel-paintings by Fra Angelico, in the Hospice Hall:

  • Deposition of Christ (from Santa Trinita Sacristy), 1433 approx.
  • Triptych of St. Peter the Martyr, 1428 approx.
  • The Annalena Altarpiece, 1430 approx.
  • The San Marco Altarpiece, 1440 approx.
  • The Last Judgement and the Linemakers Tabernacle, 1432 approx.

Frescoes by Fra Angelico:

  • In the Cloister: St. Dominic at the feet of the Cross
  • In the Chapter House: Crucifixion
  • Along the corridors of the Dormitory: Annunciation and Madonna of the Shadows
  • In the cells: Noli Me Tangere, Annunciation, The Mocking of Christ, Transfiguration
  • In the cell of Cosimo the Elder: Adoration of the Magi, painted by Benozzo Gozzoli, one of Beato Angelico’s assistants.
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28 May 2016
Yes Florence is amazing with all its art but one does reach a point of saturation. I loved this museum for its gardens, the ability to see the convent apartments, yes: the frescos and the OLD relics from the city of Florence in years gone by. I found this museum much easier to absorb and not get exhausted by all...
26 May 2016
We trecked through town to visit the museum and almost burst out laughing as we emerged at the bus terminus. Well, the acolytes would have been able to get into town quickly had they so chosen. Inside the frescoes are superb and the sense of peace amazing. We spent longer than expected, simply because of the quiet.
24 May 2016
Well worth the walk this Dominican monastery contains many frescoes in the monks cells done by Fra Angelico. The building itself is beautiful. Visiting here is a real treat.
21 May 2016
We had to go to San Marco church twice, in order to see both the church and the museum. There is an 8 euro per person admission charge to the museum; the church is free. The most exquisite painting is "The Annunciation " located at the top of the stairs. Beautiful!! In each of the monks cells, Fra Angelico painted...
18 May 2016
So easy to see how devotion was the very focus of living in this building. amazing space for contemplation. The paintings are sublime.
16 May 2016
After visiting the more famous Galleria dell Academia, my boyfriend and I went up the piazza towards the Chiesa di San Marco. After wandering the beautiful church for a bit, we then saw there was a museum attached to it. We paid a small entrance fee and were admitted. The museum had some local high school students acting as guides...
15 May 2016
The Museo di San Marco is a lovely converted Monastery Church which houses some lovely works of art. Recommended!
04 May 2016
The 12th C. church with bell tower and monastery was converted into a new home for the Dominicans in 1437 and is located on San Marco Square near the center of Florence. It was the home of puritanical preacher Girolamo Savonaralo and the famous Gothic painter and monk Fra Angelico. The church was consecrated in 1443 and renovated in 1678....
03 May 2016
Beautiful place, lots of history. Lovely area. We really enjoyed every picture and the description of it. A must see in Florence.
03 May 2016
This is an ex monastery which luckily did not suffer too much from Napoleon's looting, as most of the painting is on the walls of the monks cells. The atmosphere here is very serene, and it was an important library as well.
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