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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

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Address: Piazza dei Giudici 1, 50122 Florence, Italy
Phone Number: 0039 055 265 311
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Housed in an old palace that was restored in the mid-1800s, this science...
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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Great Museum for Adults and Children

This is a surprisingly well designed and laid out science museum. Both my children (ages 11 and 14) and I equally enjoyed it. It is also a nice break from churches and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is a surprisingly well designed and laid out science museum. Both my children (ages 11 and 14) and I equally enjoyed it. It is also a nice break from churches and Renaissance art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This was one of the most interesting museums we visited while in Florence. It was a change of pace having a very different kind of art. The inventions and giant globes all had their own beauty to them. The admission ticket was fairly inexpensive at €9 when we went for 3 floors of really exciting exhibits. When in a museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were able to see the Museo Galileo with the three day Firenze pass and were very happy that we didn't miss it! Unlike other attractions, this museum was not crowded. We were able to wander at a very leisurely pace exploring early historical tools, gadgets and inventions. The interactive section near the end was a fun way to top... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The Museo Galileo is a hidden gem overshadowed by the many great museums in the city. Do not miss this treasure. The museum shows the history of science with many original artifacts (tools, gadgets, inventions, and other equipment). We did not experience any lines or crowding. Take the time to discover and/or expose your scientific side.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I missed several things at this museum: explanations about Galileo's life and all history behind him; explanations about the use of each equipment in display; better videos to add to the pieces in display; more reading about the pieces; etc. The way the museum is right now requires a previous understanding of mechanics, physics, optics etc, and almost nothing is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

If you are interested in the scientific history of astronomy, chemistry, physics, cartography, and anatomy it is very good, but very little on Galileo, himself .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Found museum by accident as it is near Uffizi- was utterly amazed by the exhibits [well dumbfounded by some... tho from a fairly scientific background] and also by the Italian families in there- all explaining to the children/each other what the history of the exhibits were and the purpose of them- everyone was utterly enthusiastic about the science and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I think this museum is under-appreciated. The Renaissance is not just about art, but about the development of science and technology, and this museum has a wonderful collection of instruments, machines, and tools, and even some hands-on demonstrations. This is right next door to the Uffizi and we were sorry that we did not shorten our visit to the Uffizi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This was an amazing experience for our family! So many cool gadgets and presentations. We went on a Thursday at noon and there was no line. Great for kids!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

If you have the time after all the "must do" in Florence you should visit this museum. It has Galileo's telescope and the collection of telescopes and scientific instruments of four generations of the Medici's. We saw school groups of 4 and 5 year olds. Perfect for any generation.

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