100 Museums to Visit Before You Die

Galleria dell'Accademia

Location: Florence, Italy

Considered to be Europe's first school of drawing, this museum is mainly known for housing several sculptures by Michelangelo. Few nude men have found so many fans as Michelangelo's infamous statue of David, located at the Galleria dell'Accademia. In fact, many attribute the Galleria's high visitation to David, although the museum is a historic artifact in itself. The building was converted from a convent to a gallery that conjoined with the Fine Arts Academy so that students could study the great works of the past. Today, the building carries out a similar function to which the Grand Duke of Tuscany first dedicated it in 1784. Other suggested must-see attractions there are Michelangelo's Four Prisoners, Botticelli's Madonna and Child and Madonna of the Sea and a collection of musical instruments from the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Music, enhancing the Galleria's permanent collection in a new dimension.

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