The MNAF, Alinari National Museum of Photography, is located in the fifteenth-century building known as ‘delle Leopoldine’, renovated thanks to the fundamental contribution of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. The building has been allocated by the City of Florence, the owner of the complex, as exhibition space for its twentieth-century collections, and space has also been granted to the Fratelli Alinari. Fondazione per la Storia della Fotografia. Duly restored and equipped in line with the most up-to-date exhibition requirements, this is where the Alinari National Museum of Photography now has its premises.
The MNAF consists of two different areas:
the exhibition space to be used for temporary exhibits connected to the theme of historical and contemporary photography assembled by the Museum itself or hosted on the basis of agreements with the most important and prestigious international institutions.
the permanent museum space devoted to the history and technique of photography, with exhibits of original vintage materials illustrating the history of the invention and of the various techniques, as well as works by the leading photographers. The museum itinerary is divided intoseven sections: a sort of visual historical itinerary that leads from the origins of the new invention, with reference to the great photographers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to contemporary Italian and international photography.
The didactic section of MNAF, with the creation of workshops for school-age children, makes it possible to adapt visits to the museum to different age groups, keeping in mind the specific interests of each group. The Alinari National Museum of Photography (MNAF) and the Museo degli Innocenti (MUDI) have signed a partnership agreement to promote their respective activities and together create specific programs dedicated to a school-age public.
A tour itinerary – the Touch Museum - has been specifically set up for the visually disabled, for the first time technical information about photography and the pictures themselves can be “read” using specially created Braille supports, thanks to the collaboration of the Unione Italiana Ciechi (Italian Association for the Blind) and the Stamperia Braille of the Region of Tuscany.
Equal attention has been given to providing assistance for the deaf, and a sign language interpreter will be available for guided tours, in collaboration with the Ente Nazionale Sordomuti (National Association for the Deaf).
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