The Istituto degli Innocenti, or Institute of the Innocents, was founded in Florence during the first half of the 15th century. At the time, it was the first institution in the world devoted exclusively to child care, welcoming abandoned children.
Across the nearly six centuries of its life, the Institute has adapted its activities and services to the needs of children and families. Still today, it is located in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata and, since June 2016 it has boasted a fully renovated museum cherishing the immense history of the Institute and its complex artistic and monumental heritage. For starters, the majestic building itself represents one of the very first examples of Renaissance architecture (it was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi!) and, just to mention some other names, the artworks on display range from Sandro Botticelli’s “Madonna with the Child and an Angel” to Domenico Ghirlandaio's “Adoration of the Magi”.
The renovated Museo degli Innocenti retraces the heritage of the Institute through three different theme-based routes: history, architecture and art.
Furthermore, the Museum was conceived as a museum for children, so that it's the perfect place for families. For example, descriptions and audio guides were written by children’s book authors and there's also a vast Children's workshop that hosts family activities and events across the year.