Since its foundation, the Institute of the Innocents has always placed a strong value on the cultural aspect of its social and educational work. Protecting childhood, the beauty of the monumental site and its importance in the history of art, along with the contributions from artists, painters, sculptors who were called in their time to beautify this place of hospitality, have all contributed to the creation of a cultural center open to the city and to the world.
At present, MUDI is composed of 3 sections:
THE HOSPITAL GALLERY
This is a collection of about fifty works, paintings for the most part, created between the 14th and 18th centuries. The works exhibited make up a part of the Institute's artistic heritage gathered over the course of the centuries either by direct commission or through inheritance or patronage.
Conserved here is a vast collection of documents collected without interruption from the 14th century to the 20th, unique in its kind as to chronological completeness and variety of contents. It is witness to the old Spedale, beginning at its construction through the addition of the numerous facilities that have been joined to it over the centuries.
Space devoted to the little ones, which renews and updates the tradition of hospitality of the ancient "Spedale degli Innocenti". At the Workshop children up to the age of 11 can participate in sessions inspired by the "learn by doing" method typical of the Renaissance artist workshops and can thereby experience cultural content so important to their growth.