When Frederick Stibbert was 21 years old, he received a vast inheritance from his grandfather. He spent the rest of his life and wealth transforming the family’s villa into a museum with collections of ancient weapons, armory, furniture, paintings and art pieces from around the world.
When the treasures overflowed the villa and there was no more available space, he hired architects and artists to add new additions to his home and expand the grounds. He often referred to the villa as “his museum”. Frederick wanted to preserve his life’s work so he arranged for the villa and more than 50,000 pieces of art he had collected to become a public museum in the city of Florence upon his death.