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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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Tue 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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I expected this to be somewhat "Disney-esque", man was i embarrassed to even think of that. Detailed history, not well travelled, the collection fairly extensive and display... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I expected this to be somewhat "Disney-esque", man was i embarrassed to even think of that. Detailed history, not well travelled, the collection fairly extensive and display oustanding.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It might come across as a children's place but this is such a nice museum, even if you don't know a lot about science or astronomy. It gives you an idea of how important Florence and Italy were for the development of modern science as we know it. I was impressed by the maps, the globes, telescopes and the stuff... More 

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Thank elixam
Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its nicely explained how Galileo conducted his experiments. Highly recommended for high school students, who are curious to learn development of modern science.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great examples of early telescopes, globes etc.. how they were made and discovered.. fantastic hands on samples of Galilei's experiments - this should be on everyone's curriculum!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the highlights of our visit to Florence. The art is amazing in Florence of course, however the minds and contributions to modern life that came from the city is also paramount, and no where in Florence is that demonstrated better, and more tastefully than here. So many applications, inventions, was of looking at things spring from... More 

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Thank David H
Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

An interesting museum. Well organized and beuatifull pieces to see. Very educational. Galilei is worth while to have this attention in a museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has something that every adult can appreciate and children, if accompanied by someone who explains the exhibits. The written explanations are in Italian and English and are in great detail. The videos that are running (silently) in every gallery are well thought out and offer a good insight into the exhibits, which are so astounding that we found... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though I am not a Science lover I really liked the museum and its collection of antique and old instruments. The display is also very good and the interpretation very accessible. Well worth a visit especially to view Galileo's own instruments. A very good book shop is included

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is worth seeking out. It is a hidden gem and provides a few hours away from the crowds of Florence.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Galileo museum is science overload. This little museum is unlike any I have been to before. This is not an art museum, nor a typical science/natural history museum. The Galileo museum is a collection of scientific instruments through the course of history, featuring pieces of Galileo and other nobles who obtained these intricate pieces over time. Pieces include telescopes,... More 

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