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Stibbert Museum

Mediaeval armour and porcelain; period European dresses and clothes worn by soldiers from the Far East… All this can be found in the museum-house dedicated to Frederick Stibbert (1838-1906), an Englishman born in Florence who devoted his life and fortune to converting his home into a Neo-Gothic castle in which to house his extensive collection of historical objects that he gathered on his numerous travels all over the world.

The museum is a fine example of the eclectic taste for collecting historical objects, which range from the Middle Ages to Napoleon’s time and on to the most wealthy classes of the late 19th Century. Worth highlighting is the collection of mediaeval armour to be found in the Sala della Cavalcata, which is set against the colourful and elegant clothes worn by Japanese warriors of yesteryear.

The museum is open every day of the week except Thursday and only closes its doors on certain specific public holidays. An adult ticket costs €6 and children can get in for €4 (4-12 years) or €2 (0-3 years).Guided tours are available for groups (25 people max.) and visits to the Japanese collection must be booked in advance.

Picture by sailko

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