Museo Archeologico Nazionale, 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.
Florence has some of the best collections of antiquities outside of Rome. And these are to be found in the Archeaology Museum. There are sections of Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Art. Highlights include the famous Chimera of Arezzo, which dates to around 400 BC and a pair of Archaic Kouri from Greece.
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)