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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 641 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We enjoyed this museum very much! All the exhibits were were well set out and signed in Italian and English. Although we did not take any younger children there were plenty of interactive exhibits and they were all working well. Galileo fans will love it particularly his finger and thumb!. The museum itself was easy to negotiate with plenty of space! It is only open half day on a wednesday so plan your visit around this. But worth every penny.

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Reviewed June 12, 2014

My partner and I visited the Galileo Museum on a hot summer day, 36 degrees outside. We found the museum perfectly comfortable to walk around, and some of the artefacts we found interesting. However, we found the main drawback to the museum to be the lack of simple explanations as to the scientific rationale that each instrument supported. We confess that neither of us have a passion for science, nor much of a science background from school, so some of the more complex instruments and experiments were quite a challenge for us. My point is that we were keen to learn more about the great man, but found this impossible from the artefacts. Not a waste of money at all, but the museum could be laid out and explained in a more educational, pedagogic way.

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

I loved this museum more than my wife, but she enjoyed it too.

The historical instruments on show were brilliant, they were so lovingly made. Lots of fascinating equipment that had been made to demonstrate scientific principles. Lots of interesting videos to watch as you wandered from room to room as well.

I thought we would be in there only a half and hour or so because it looked quite small, but we were there for getting on two hours. If you have a leaning towards physics you'll love this place.

Thank StuartInGlos
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This small museum houses a phenomenal collection of scientific instruments, from the time of Galileo to the mid-1800's. The focus is on Galileo, and for anyone of a scientific bent, seeing the actual telescopes that Galileo used is a thrill.

The instruments that are housed in the museum represent the age of scientific discovery that truly began with Galileo, and they are beautifully preserved and displayed. There is excellent explanatory material, including some well-done video graphic displays. (Didn't try the audio / video guide, as the museum staff said it didn't work too well! At least they were honest!!)
The only disappointment was that there was no discussion of the persecution that Galileo suffered for going against the religious dogma of his era. An honest explanation of that would make this museum more complete.

Worth a visit, and likely overlooked by many, who think only of David and the Uffizi.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Compelling review of the evolution of science during the early Renaissance. Fantastic displays. Just down the street from the Uffizi and not crowded.

Thank Janet G
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