Archaeological Museum, Florence
This is where I bought my tickets for the Uffizi and for the Accademia when I went to Florence. You just click on the little British Flag in the upper right hand corner and you will get the Enlish version.
I don't know why you can't buy tickets in the morning...maybe they have something special going on? I did my tours in the afternoon.
Located on the via della Colonna, the Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico) contains the best collection of archaeological artefacts in Northern Italy.
There's a large collection of Etruscan discoveries, along with Greek and Roman exhibits. The 4th-century BC Etruscan bronze Chimera is the most famous treasure of the museum, but the excellent Egyptian collection, containing a rare Hittite chariot dating from the 14th-century BC, shouldn't be overlooked.
The museum was very badly damaged in the 1966 floods, and there is clearly an ongoing re-vamp. When I visited (April 2007) I was rather disappointed; I could see where new galleries were set out (and very good they loooked too) but there was no access to them. In fact, access to the remaining exhibitions was via a set of steps constructed from scaffolding poles. Added to this, there was a film crew there when I visited, setting up for some event or other; they were both in the way and extremely reluctant to move out of it (I nearly got walloped by a cameraman swinging a stepladder).
So my opinion might seem a little jaded.
I wouldn't advise anyone to visit until the new galleries are open, and all is completed. Exhibits were missing, labelling and display was poor and........for what should be a fascinating experience, as this museum has great collections of Etruscan and Egyptian artefacts................it was all rather a sad disappointment.
Hopefully, things will be better when you visit; it should be a really interesting place and, at the moment, it just isn't.
Opening hours: Monday: 14.00-19.00; Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30-19.00; Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8.30-14.00 Entrance 4 euros.
The archaeological museum in Florence exhibits an outstanding collection of Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts. The first floor contains a splendid series of Etruscan bronzes such as the "Chimera" (a mythical lion with a goat's head imposed on its body and a serpent for a tail) from the 4th century BC.
The Museum has a fine collection of Etruscan artifacts along with travelling exhibits. However be aware the museum closes early on weekends (2PM)