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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
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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My husband and I went to this museum while in Florence. My husband really enjoyed it (He's an electrical engineer and is interested in all sorts of gadgets ). We went around 10:30... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to this museum while in Florence. My husband really enjoyed it (He's an electrical engineer and is interested in all sorts of gadgets ). We went around 10:30 - 11am and it wasn't too crowded. My husband knew what a lot of the items were and what they were used for, but I had Rick... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

A really fascinating museum that opens your eyes to the diverse work of Galileo. The museum is packed with all kinds of scientific artefacts such as telescopes, scales, thermometers .....might sound a little 'numb' but it's far from it.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We left this museum to a large deluge-ous thunderstorn and a guy trying to sell us much umbrella but whilst inside it was mighty interesting to look at the many contraptions relating to galileo-esque topics, there are plenty of unique ideas in tow here and much more exciting than just "some physics museum for nerds". You can have a go... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

When I hear about this museum it seemed super interesting for me. You will find here, the telescopes and lens that belonged to Galileo Galilei plus a large collection owned by different people from the 16th to the 18th century. Physics and Chemistry objects and cabinets. Sundial clocks, astrolabs, among other interesting objects. The good state of preservation this antique... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We enjoyed this museum as much for its variety as its contents and presentation. It's open on Monday when many other places aren't, which is how we found time to visit. The exhibits on the development of scientific tools and methods are quite good, and then to see Galileo's own telescopes! The early maps were fascinating, too, and some of... More 

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Lancashire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Warning ... the museum is way bigger than you might think so be prepared to spend a lot of time there. You can effectively spend a whole day. Very nicely, the museum ticket is valid for the whole day so you can go out, get some lunch, snacks, rest your legs and come back ... exactly what we did. There... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Happened to stumble on this after my disappointing visit to the uffizi and was pleasantly surprised. It is well set and very jnteresting. Don't expect the world when you go in as it iis relatively small and simple, but it is done well. The explanations are good and well set out. There is even an interactive bit at the end... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This museum has something for everyone. Located within walking distance from the Duomo, around 15 minutes away, this museum has two floors with everything from maps to globes to celestial globes to 15TH century medicinal kits. The gift shop does not offer much but the museum does offer free lockers to leave bags in. Was worth the time and money!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This museum is a must for anyone who loves science and astronomy. Wow, they have some of Galileo's telescopes - he changed the world with these humble instruments! It could definitely be expanded to include more about Galileo's life - there were tantalizing hints but not enough detail - but otherwise the museum was still terrific. Well worth a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I didn't get chance to fully wonder at the items here but I did get a quick look at everything and it was very impressive. The lifts are a little confusing so do bear in mind you may need to go to a second set to get to different floors. Staff are very friendly. It is amazing to see the... More 

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