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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour
Ranked #37 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.
Lynnwood, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“interesting”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

lots of artifacts, new well appointed exhibits/rooms, some interactive exhibits, interesting for ages 10+
pricey admission, allow 1.5-2hrs minimum

Visited September 2013
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Port Adelaide, Australia
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We went after a disappointing visit to the Uffizi. This was much better. The quality of display was exceptional and the layout has obviously had some thought put into it.

The exhibits were top notch. The only reason i didnt give the extra circle was that it would've been a little better if they had hands on examples like at the da Vinci exhibition in Rome in 2011.

Apart from that its worth a look.

Visited October 2013
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Trieste, Italy
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548 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Nice instruments but basically no explanations”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The museum basically exhibits the collection of scientific instruments of the Medici and Habsburg-Lorraine families, plus some of Galileo's telescopes and instruments. All items are in good conditions and well displayed, but what is really lacking is a good explanation of the basic principles underlying their functioning; there is some, but really very little. A missed opporturnity for the popularization of science. Also, almost nothing about Galileo Galilei's great achievements.

Visited October 2013
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Canberra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Really interesting and a break from 'Madonna-con-bambino' overload”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Galellio Museum in Florence is small, but interesting and definitely worth a visit.
It displays a huge, well curated collection of scientific implements from the Medici era onwards. There's Galellio's devices and globes but also much more! The collection is really well presented in a way that helps visitors to understand the role of Florence in renaissance science and discovery, and the progression of science and knowledge over several centuries of human history.
If you've got a few spare hours in Florence or are just looking for a break from 'Madonna-con-bambino' overload give the Galellio Museum a go!

Visited October 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous Museum”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

I was fortunate to be on a private tour of the museum which allowed me to see the wonderful historic books that they have.
But the museum itself is well worth a visit. It is beautifully set out with plenty of space to stand and admire the artefacts ... which themselves are works of art. It is definitely worth couple of hours to browse and it made a welcome respite from all that baroque and black and white marble.
I shall return for another walk around on my next visit to Firenze.

Visited September 2013
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