The entrance of the Galleria dell'Accademia

Galleria dell’Accademia, Thursday opening until 10 pm

FLORENCE, ITALY – The Galleria dell’Accademia Gallery in Florence, the art museum hosting Michelangelo’s signature sculpture of David, has introduced a weekly special summer evening opening, it was announced on Monday.

Starting June 14 the gallery will remain open on Thursday evenings until 10 pm, with the ticket office closing 30 minutes earlier. The initiative will end on September 27, 2018.

The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze is best known as the home of Michelangelo’s sculpture David, but it also has other sculptures by Michelangelo and a large collection of paintings by Florentine artists, mostly from the period 1300-1600, the Trecento to the Late Renaissance.

It is smaller and more specialized than the Uffizi, the main art museum in Florence. It adjoins the Accademia di Belle Arti or academy of fine arts of Florence, but despite the name has no other connection with it.

In 2016 it had 1,461,000 visitors, making it the second most visited art museum in Italy, after the Uffizi (more than 2 million).

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