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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 #58 of 407 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, History 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: Science museums, History 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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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

When you've had enough of art please try to the Galileo Sciene Museum right behind the Uffizi Gallery. Keep your Uffizi ticket and present it for a discount at the Galileo. This museum is a treasure for science buffs. We had Rick Steves' "Galileo Science Museum Tour Guide in hand and that enabled us to focus on the most important... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My daughter and I visited this museum in October/Nov of this year. Unusual but impressive, liked the sun dial at the entrance. It was well worth the visit as it was not busy but if you are interested in Astronomy and map making well worth the visit.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My husband and I met in a high school physics class in Detroit - so this museum brought back many physics memories for the two of us (thanks to Kurt Schmidt our Physics teacher at LHW). We thoroughly enjoyed the educational and informational exhibits. The signage was also on English. We were the ONLY ones there - so it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It was interesting for boy of 9 and girl of 14, and for us,adults,as well. I don't really know if you can stay there for more than one hour, not so many rooms,but if you read and galileo before you go,then it will be eadier to understand more of items :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Do not get me wrong. The museum is worth the visit. It didn't have a big queue and it didn' take long to visit it. I just expected more things about Galileo. If you are interested in these kind of things i.e. science, planets, time, history you will like it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Let's face it, European culture -- the arts, food and music -- is otherworldly; but sometimes you need a break from the basilicas and Botticelli. Galileo gives you just that. A quiet, uncrowded museum that provides a glimpse of modern technology in the making. Fun, small interactive area. Lots of great videos explaining the works. And just a really cool... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I first visited this museum almost 20 years ago and it was not well organized, dated and lacked a significant amount of English translations. I returned here recently with my family and what a dfiiference. Bright, well organized with plenty of English language explanations as well as video presentations of the principles behind the instruments. The instruments, globes and other... More 

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