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Museo di Antropologia

Florence | Anthropology, Ethnology
€3 - €6
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The museum was founded in 1869 by the anthropologist Paolo Mantegazza whose desire was to collect specimens testifying to human diversity: the rich and prestigious ethnographic collections on display in 18 rooms constitute a very important documentation of the world’s cultures.

There are all sorts of objects illustrating the uses and customs of various peoples: garments, clothing accessories, ornaments and jewels; architectural elements; boats; idols and amulets; offensive, defensive and hunting weapons; tools for farming, fishing and domestic life; household furnishings; musical instruments; liturgical objects of various cults; books, paintings and manuscripts. The oldest collections, dating to the 16th and 17th centuries, were the result of the Medici family’s interest in collecting refined objects from the New World.

The largest group of artefacts consists of objects collected by explorers during their travels from the 18th century onwards or donated by scholars and travellers.

Spectacular specimens from South America include the artefacts of the Tupinambá people, particularly the two cloaks made from scarlet ibis feathers. The objects of the Ainu culture from the Japanese island of Hokkaido, with kimonos, jewellery and household utensils, are very rare. The visitor’s attention is grabbed by the Peruvian mummies from the Inca period and a spectacular mourning robe (Heva) from Polynesia. The New Guinea room contains colourful mourning masks and trophy skulls. In addition, there are many specimens from North America, Lapland, Siberia, the Indonesian Archipelago, the Horn of Africa and South Africa.

Another important part of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology is a collection of thousands of photographs taken between the late 1800s and early 1900s, a valuable documentary accompaniment to the ethnographic collections.

10:30 - 17:30

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Contact details

  • Name: Museo di Antropologia
  • Address: Via del Proconsolo, 12 - 50122 - Florence - Italie
  • Phone: (39) 055 275 6444 / 275 7720

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°C1, C2



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