The renovated Museo degli Innocenti retraces the heritage of the Institute through three different theme-based routes: history, architecture and art.
The exhibition starts in the basement, dedicated to the history of the institution. The daily life of the children and nannies that inhabited the facility throughout the centuries is told through videos and interactive touch screens. At this level is also a circular room with 140 small drawers cherishing little identification objects (such as medals, badges and rings), accompanied by the date of when the children was left at the institution.
The itinerary continues on the ground floor, to discover the architectural uniqueness of the Innocenti while wandering around its courtyards and porticoes. The leading role here is taken by Brunelleschi’s vision of Renaissance architecture, both in the external Loggia degli Innocenti and in the internal Cortile degli Uomini (the Men Courtyard). Notable are the iron window under the Loggia, used to receive the children from 1660 to 1875, and the large Cortile delle Donne (the Women Courtyard), completed by Francesco della Luna in 1439 and recently renovated.
On the third level is displayed the large art section of the Innocenti Museum, an outstanding artistic heritage gathered throughout the years, with works by Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Piero di Cosimo, Luca della Robbia and Neri di Bicci.