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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour
Ranked #35 of 635 things to do in Florence
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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 impressive collection of scientific instruments dating from the 13th century.
Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great little museum”
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Great museum right next to the Uffizi, but refreshingly no queue and air conditioned.

We really enjoyed seeing Galilieo's telescope, but the museum as a whole was very interesting if you're into the history of science - although the models of the childbirth made me cross my legs a bit(!)

Two floors of high quality exhibits and on the way out a great interactive section - this brought the exhibits we'd seen early to life and was done really well.

We almost missed the basement that had a temporary exhibition of bicycles through the ages - also very good.

If you're into astronomy/science, definitely worth a look :)

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Interesting collections”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This museum has all kinds of interesting items related to science--cool old globes (including some giant ones), telescopes, thermometers in weird shapes, scales that look like furniture that people used to have in their houses, and, of course, a couple of Galileo's fingers. The exhibits are nicely presented, and while the collections are numerous, there isn't so much stuff that you get overwhelmed or tired. This would be a great museum for kids (although beware of the gynocology models).

Visited May 2013
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Don't miss this.”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

This museum is an absolute delight.
Florence is full of Art Galleries and queues and opportunities to shuffle along in line. This museum makes a fascinating change from all that.
We bought tickets on the day at the desk in the museum and there was no waiting at all, we were the only ones buying tickets at the time.
Housed in the exhibition are scientific instruments and experimental apparatus from way back.
Galleries of the most wonderfully made equipment. The craftsmanship that went into the making of the artefacts is masterful in itself.
The work of the foremost scientific minds through history is showcased here.
Galileo's original telescopes, thermometers from the very beginning of the art of measuring temperature, models of the Universe as perceived at the time. Medical instruments and apparatus, physical scientific instruments, machines to do wonderful and intricate things, experimental apparatus designed to trick the mind and the eye.
I can't do justice here to the quality and diversity of the exhibits, you will just have to go and see for yourselves.
When we went there was no crowd, although given the quality and diversity of what was on show there should have been. There is however a steady trickle of visitors coming to see the historical scientific foundation upon which our modern world is built We came away with a highly favourable impression.
Boys and Girls of all ages will be mesmerised.
Most galleries in Florence are of a type, most will, in time, merge in your memory, this one will most definitely stand alone.

Visited May 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“A nice break from the midday heat and tourists”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was a great break from the crowd and heat on our Saturday afternoon. Plenty of benches inside in the air conditioning (I was exhausted by this point), lots of interactive exhibits - great learning experience for kids!

Visited July 2013
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Phila, PA
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“A break from the churches and art galleries”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Like others said, it has a nice collection of early scientific gadgets. I think it would be especially interesting if you are a science/physics enthusiast. Not terribly interactive for kids. It has a small room of interactive exhibits but overall not a "children's museum". I think they could have done more with the exhibits and explanations but it is still an amazing collection. I did note that in the summer they had some scattered evening hours which could give you an option for an evening activity.

Visited July 2013
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