Inhabited by the royal family until the end of the monarchy in Italy, it was the favorite residence of Victor Emmanuel II during the years when Florence was capital. Inaugurated in 1983, the Costume Gallery houses a large collection of antique period costumes dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. The collection was formed from several donations, the most important of which was that of Umberto Tirelli, and from acquisitions made directly by the museum.
Progressing through thirteen rooms, the articles on display describe the evolution of fashion and clothing, with particular attention to women's costumes, from the rigid 18th-century corsets to the short dresses of the Twenties. The display is renewed every two years to ensure the optimum conservation of the various artefacts.
The Costume Gallery
Piazza Pitti, 1
Tel. 055 2388713
For advanced reservations: Firenze Musei, Tel. 055 294883, costs € 3,00 per person (€ 4,00 per/for Galleria Uffizi or/and Accademia); School groups: Tel. 055 290112. On-line ticket sales: www.firenzemusei.it.