free first weekend at museo novecento

We strive to find fun, free things for you to do in every post, but rarely do we have an incredible opportunity land squarely in our lap. This weekend, on June 28th and 29th, the brand-spankin’ new Museo Novecento will celebrate its opening with two days of free entry, guided tours, kids’ activities and a spectacular DJ set.

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You might be wondering, “What’s all the fuss about? Florence is full of museums!” Well, this particular fuss has been over 50 years in the making. One of the strongest critiques of Florence is that it’s an exquisite open-air ode to history – that largely ignores more recent Florentine art and creative advancement. This opening is a big step in keeping Florence’s art scene more current and relevant.

From Museo Novecento:

Dedicated to the Italian art of the 20th century, the Novecento Museum offers a selection of around 300 works located in 15 exhibition areas, in addition to a study room, a cabinet for drawings and prints and a room for conferences and projections. A journey backwards from the Nineties to the first decades of the Twentieth century retraces the unique artistic season that saw Florence as one of the most vital centres through paintings, sculptures, videos, installations and documents. The museum, structured chronologically, thematically and in an interdisciplinary way, creates an immersive experience which combines artworks with multimedia conveniences, sound devices, [and] video halls.

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Museo Novecento officially opened earlier this week on June 24th, but is ready to go all-out it’s first full weekend. To commemorate the occasion, the schedule of events for both days includes:

10 a.m. – 9 p.m.                                            Free entry to the museum

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Guided visits of the museum every half hour*

4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.                                         Kids’ activities* 8-12 years at 4 p.m.; 4-7 years at 5:30 p.m.

*Reservations required; call 055-2768224 or 055-2768558.

There will also be a particularly special event held Saturday night. At 7 p.m., Ghiaccioli & Branzini, “one of the most important representatives of the Italian ElectroSwing/Nu Jazz scene,” will host a DJ set on site and be accompanied by additional local, live musicians.

Of course, nothing could outshine the artwork on display.

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Museo Novecento is located on Piazza Santa Maria Novella in the Complesso dello Spedale delle Leopoldine, across from the church. We’re particularly bummed we won’t be in town to celebrate. So please let us know what you think of the new place! What are your thoughts on the collection? Have fun out there, free birds.

Special thanks to Europa Quotidiano and Art Tribune for the photos.

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