When people think of Florence, Italy, they usually think of Renaissance art and crowded museums filled in altarpieces and Madonna and Child images. While the Renaissance is the biggest art draw of this historic city, there is a lot more to its art museum scene. The Palazzo Strozzi museum is a fine example of a museum that doesn't just showcase great art but also plays an important role in the community.
Inside this Renaissance palace, which is a work of art in itself, visitors will find temporary exhibitions that cover a variety of time periods and countries. On Thursday evenings, the courtyard is transformed into a social hub with hip Florentines having drinks and coffee at the cafe (above) and on outdoor couches. The museum also has free entrance to the downstairs exhibition space Thursday evenings. There are also movie and music nights in the summer.
Palazzo Strozzi has also gotten on board with making art an interactive experience, especially for children. Families can purchase the “family ticket,” 20€ entrance for the whole family. Family-friendly activities include workshops, sketching in the galleries, storytelling, and “stroller tours.”