The Museum is incorporated in the vast
complex of the basilica of San Lorenzo
which, being the parish church of the
Medici family, was particularly richly
decorated. It is here that members of
the family were buried from the mid-15th
The Museum is especially famous for the
New Sacristy which Michelangelo designed
for the tombs of Lorenzo and Giuliano
de' Medici, creating one of the
masterpieces of architecture and
sculpture of the Italian Renaissance.
The Chapel of the Princes was begun in
the early 17th century to become the
mausoleum of the Medici grand-dukes.
This grandiose octagonal chapel, with
its immense dome, is entirely faced with
polychrome marble and hard stones.
Reservation for the Medici Chapels is
mandatory. To book your ticket or to
have more information on the Medici
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Sunday and
1st, 3rd and 5th Monday of each month,
New Year’s Day, May 1st and Christmas