A cultural revolution?

Longer museum opening hours, new pricing

Helen Farrell
July 3, 2014

Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini has introduced legislation aimed at revolutionizing the country’s state-run museums.


As from July 1, museums became free on every first Sunday of the month as part of the Domenica al museo (‘Sunday at the Museum’) initiative. Moreover, museum entrance will be free for under-18s, with reduced rates for young people up to the age of 25 and for teachers. The new legislation penalizes the elderly, however; over 65s now have to pay for their culture.


The popular Una notte al museo (‘A Night at the Museum’) event, which takes place twice a year, will now cost just one euro. In a new move, all of Italy’s major museums, including the Uffizi, will stay open until 11pm on Friday nights.


Franceschini: ‘A measure in line with Europe that goes hand-in-hand with the government’s other measures, such as art bonus (see theflr.net/kickstartingculture), which introduces financial independence and the figure of manager in major museums.’  For a full list of Florence’s museums, see theflr.net/weekly.

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