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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 completed a two week whirlwind trip of Rome, Florence and Venice with Context as our guides. Between the 3 cities, we completed approximately 15 tours, a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I completed a two week whirlwind trip of Rome, Florence and Venice with Context as our guides. Between the 3 cities, we completed approximately 15 tours, a combination of both private and group tours. We specifically booked the Galileo Museum tour for my husband, who is an engineer. We had two guides, but our primary guide was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

Superb museum right near the Uffizi Gallery. This museum is the Uffizi for anyone interested in the importance of science and changes in our mind sets. The collection of old devices is priceless and includes many devices found in books, such as a gigantic earth centered model of the universe. The museum rooms have video presentations showing how the devices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

We liked it very much. However, unlike some reviews here, the museum is not so small. We had only 1.5 hours and this was not enough. Allow 2.5-3 hours.

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Why see this? Outside you can see through a sun dial all the different constellations -and the time is within 15 minutes correct! Just the fact that Galileo was so behind the Aristolian dynamics that Copernicus said that the Earth was not the center of the universe! This really was not what the church wanted to hear because the idea... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Florence attractions often draw so many visitors that one begins to feel just part of the stampede. This museum experience is less frenzied and claustrophobic, and therefore you will be able to linger, study, get up close without being pressed. The collection is beautifully displayed with video and written commentary. The obstetrics section will surprise you, but then, there were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

For me, the fact that the collection is not huge is a good thing. I found it very close to perfect as a digestible, but not disappointing, size. (Some of the large museums leave me feeling overwhelmed, and anxious about the unknown stuff I had to miss.) The artistic design that was applied in making many of these items was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

This was by far my favorite museum in Florence! Definitely recommend this over the uffizi!! Amazing how much detail and effort was put in to these prototypes and experiments. Great history and a nice break from statues and renaissance art!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Really interesting scientific objects like telescopes and maps with useful tutorial videos. We liked the bookshop too, it had many different books about science for both adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This museum was a place of real wonder, a collection of instruments, discoveries, and an insight on how our forebears strived for knowledge. Some of the artefacts were for day to day use, but had been beautifully embellished to make them look wonderful as well as functional. These exhibits have been collected from far and wide by minds which have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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