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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Address: Piazza dei Giudici 1, 50122 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 0039 055 265 311
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Ranked #46 of 215 Attractions in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Housed in an old palace that was restored in the mid-1800s, this science museum houses an...
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Type: History Museums, Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Housed in an old palace that was restored in the mid-1800s, this science museum houses an impressive collection of scientific instruments dating from the 13th century.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The museum hosts a very large collection of scientific instruments belonging to the Medici and Lorena families. These are insteresting objects and some are beautifully crafted. Yet the museum is very difficult to approach. Captions are very essential and give for granted a lot of knowledge from the viewers. There are brief videos who are also quite dry and at... More 

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alfreton
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Went to this museum at least 10 years ago and have never stopped talking about it since. Only managed the 2 floors out of 4 then as we had to catch our train to the airport, so this time around I was going to make up for lost time. There are only two floors open now. Gone are the huge... More 

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Alfortville, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I don t know if children will like itbut we loved it! There are a lot of thing to see and the video explanations are great

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Near the Museo Uffizi is the Museo Galileo which my husband and I stumbled upon while on our honeymoon. We were there during the low season and practically had the entire place to ourselves. The displays were interesting and the cards were informative. If you're interested in science or history, this is a place not to miss.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

First the staff were very unfriendly with no smiles. Just annoying. The floor exhibits not so Galileo related pieces as well. I hoped that I would learn more about his life and his accomplishment that I had not learned at school, but my expectation was not fulfilled. Well, there is GOOGLE! - so I said to myself. I think 9... More 

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Oxford, Mississippi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Nice museum with lots of scientific instruments, especially telescopes and microscopes. Interesting globe collection as well. I would liked to have seen a bit more narrative on the instruments and their historical context. With so many interesting things to see in Florence, I might give this one a lower priority,

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The number of scientific exhibits here is stunning particularly the wax obstetric models from the 1700's. This museum appeared very quiet apart from a couple of student groups on organized tours. This was a wonderful place to visit after all the churches and galleries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I loved this place. I wasn't looking for it (the theme of my vacation, lol) but I'm glad I paid the money to go in. If you love science, and you want to see the history in physical form, this is the place to go. Brought back all the memories of studying those fundamental laws of physics from a textbook,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I'm not even into science and I found this museum interesting. My husband, who is an engineer, loved it. Probably the best thing we saw in Florence. The only thing I would have liked to see more of was the video screens they had above some inventions. Wish they had them for all the inventions to show you how they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

What a mesmerising, amazing collection of scientific instruments, curios and historical artifacts, tracing the development of so many vital progressions: maths, astronomy, navigation (which is linked so closely to the two before it), chronology, physics, medicine and electricity. It's awe-inspiring to see a couple of Gallilieo's own telescopes, only slightly unnerving to see a couple of his mummified fingers (not... More 

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