If you love art, if you love history, and if you love the idea of being a steward of our global cultural heritage so it will be available for many generations to come, then don’t wait to join the Friends of the Uffizi Galleries! I am one of many Friends enthusiasts who support the treasures of the Uffizi and its related museums through contributions for restorations and participation in unique events and educational programming. I have attended two unforgettable Florentine Weekends and particularly enjoyed our special access to the Uffizi (especially the Vasari Corridor!) and private tours of the exhibitions. As an educator in museum studies, it is particularly enlightening to follow the recent renovations to the galleries containing some of the most beloved objects by several of the greatest masters, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli. It is inspiring to see how beautifully the museum has achieved a delicate balance between tradition and innovation to deliver an extraordinary new experience for its many visitors–and to know the Friends supported these restorations. I encourage you to attend one of our upcoming events to learn more about the Friends and participate in the preservation of all that is wonderful at the Uffizi Galleries.