The Costume Gallery occupies the 18th-century Palazzina della Meridiana, a wing of the Pitti Palace overlooking the Boboli Gardens. The collection comprises six thousand items including costumes dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries, theatre costumes and accessories.
It is the only museum of the history of fashion in Italy and one of the most important in the world. A selection is exhibited in rotation every two years.
There are frequent special exhibitions devoted to particular aspects of the collection.
Piazza Pitti 1, 50125 Firenze.
How to get there
To Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport, by shuttle bus VOLA IN BUS to the station of Santa Maria Novella.
To the station car park of Santa Maria Novella.
To the station of Santa Maria Novella.
No direct bus service from the station, only from nearby Via della Scala (11,36,37) and Via Rucellai (B).
From the station about 15 minutes.
8.15 – 16.30 (November February)
8.15 – 17.30 (March)
8.15 – 18.30 (April, May, September and October)
8.15 – 17.30 (in the month of October when Daylight Saving Time ends)
8.15 – 19.30 (June August)
Entry is permitted up to half an hour before closing time.
Closed on the 1st and the last Monday of each month, New Year's Day, May 1st and Christmas Day
Tickets valid also for the Gallery of Modern Art
Information and Booking
Contact Firenze Musei, Tel: +39 055294883
Booking charge : € 3,00 per person.
Access via the lift off the Palace courtyard. Staff at the foot of the main staircase will provide assistance to reach the gallery.
Admission is free of charge.
Booking is compulsory and free of charge. Firenze Musei – Tel: +39 055290112
The list of visiting students and teachers on the institution’s letterhead stationery must be presented at the ticket office.
Educational assistance for Italian school visits can be arranged with Firenze Musei at the time of booking.
Cost: € 3.00 per student
Tel: +39 055284272
On request, the Office provides educational assistance to schools in the Province of Florence, Prato and Pistoia: it conducts specific programmes, arranges workshops and itineraries in the Museums of the Special Superintendency for the State Museums of Florence.
Cost: workshops free of charge; Museum lessons, € 3.00 per student. Education Department
The Nuova Biblioteca Palatina is beside the Education office in the Andito degli Angiolini (main staircase, upper mezzanine floor).
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10-13
In the courtyard of the Pitti Palace and at the entrance to the Gallery.
Guides to the collections in various languages are available, besides other art publications and objects inspired by works in the Palace.
There is one cloakroom for all the museums, off the courtyard, next to the lift.
Visitors must leave umbrellas, large backpacks and bags. There is no charge.
School backpacks must be left in the cloakroom.
There is a café in the courtyard of the Pitti Palace.
How to contact the Gallery
Tel. and Fax: +39 0552388763
Caterina Chiarelli Director
Friends of the Pitti Palace (Amici di Palazzo Pitti)
The Friends, founded in 1996, aim to support the Pitti Palace while enjoying the possibility of exploring its collections.
Amici di Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Pitti 1, 50125 Firenze
Tel: +39 0552658123,