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Piazza del Duomo 9, Florence, 50122, Italy

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Florence's Cathedral Works Museum moved to magnificent new premises in November 2015, with double the floor space and a strikingly contemporary new look. The artworks on display have not changed, but are much enhanced by their new home. This museum houses works, mostly sculptural, that once adorned the facade of the Duomo, Giotto's campanile (bell tower) and the baptistery. Highlights to look out for include the restored brass panels of the famous baptistery doors (particularly the ones by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the East doors), Arnolfo di Cambio's Madonna of the Glass Eyes, Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini (intended for the artist's own tombstone), and Donatello's prophets. Also on display are tools and machinery that were used during the construction of these extraordinary buildings, plus original wood models of the cathedral and its great dome.

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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo

Florence's Cathedral Works Museum moved to magnificent new premises in November 2015, with double the floor space and a strikingly contemporary new look. The artworks on display have not changed, but are much enhanced by their new home. This museum houses works, mostly sculptural, that once adorned the facade of the Duomo, Giotto's campanile (bell tower) and the baptistery. Highlights to look out for include the restored brass panels of the famous baptistery doors (particularly the ones by Lorenzo Ghiberti for the East doors), Arnolfo di Cambio's Madonna of the Glass Eyes, Michelangelo's Pietà Bandini (intended for the artist's own tombstone), and Donatello's prophets. Also on display are tools and machinery that were used during the construction of these extraordinary buildings, plus original wood models of the cathedral and its great dome.