Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
4.5
Science Museums • History Museums
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Florence Historic Centre
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michelecF1081CS
Washington DC, DC15 contributions
Very interesting
Oct 2020
We dragged our kiddos there thinking it would be more interesting for them than it was. Our youngest was not interested, but our oldest (12) found it very interesting. A historical view of science in the Renaissance. Rather mind blowing if you think of it. The telescopes alone were fascinating. You could probably spend a good two hours there. Very well done!
Written 28 October 2020
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natasha l
Rome, Italy13 contributions
No interactive under covid so bit dull for teens/kids
Oct 2020 • Family
The interactive room (small) is closed due to covid. The rest is an exhibition of scientific instruments behind glass, beautiful and impressive but limited explanations of how they work so poor experience fo children and teens, with a few exceptions where videos on screens show how things work. We were very disappointed.
Written 25 October 2020
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Majda B
London, UK45 contributions
Nice
Sep 2020
that's one of the my favourites. what is nice in italy is that there is plenty of museums but none of them look like each other. If you're the museums person, you'll like it.
Written 23 October 2020
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Anton K
St. Petersburg, Russia4 contributions
Not worth it
Sep 2020 • Couples
Their application does not work. The iOS and Android versions are not working. It seems like those apps had been developed many years before, nobody is supported now. There are some QR-codes that link to the site which is not available as well.
Highly not to recommend to visit.
Written 19 September 2020
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Kat
Tallinn, Estonia52 contributions
Not for you if you're not interested in science and it's history
Aug 2020
Very modern looking from the inside and extremely thorough. Probably would be better to order a guided tour, since wandering the museum on my own was a bit overwhelming: very, very many things and details. Right around the corner when you exit Uffizi.
Written 11 September 2020
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Sonja M
Hove, UK579 contributions
Wonderful dip into history
Aug 2019
You don't have to be a scientist or a great historian to enjoy this museum.
There is something to inspire any would be scientist. The exhibitions give a fantastic insight into the world of Galileo and his centuries ahead thinking inventions. A must visit place. It is also fairly empty , compared with other museums
Written 20 July 2020
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Stefan G
Brussels, Belgium788 contributions
Excellent science museum
Jul 2020
If you're into science - indeed, history - this is a great place. There are numerous scientific instruments from throughout the past several centuries. I was delighted to see some of Galileo's original telescopes, and his middle finger! I just love to think Galileo is getting the last laugh against the religious and political establishments of his era - he's giving them the finger (figuratively, and even literally I guess!) in a museum dedicated to him because, well, of course the Earth revolves around the Sun!

I'm not sure if the museum requires it, but we had a guide just about the entire time. Now, the museum was practically empty and actually we had the entire place to ourselves the first hour or so (we went during COVID). She spoke enough English to explain what we were looking at, but more than anything I was so excited to have her with us because of her own admirable enthusiasm about the museum and its artifacts. She did several demonstrations of scientific experiments using equipment there in the museum, much to my group's delight. It was such fun! Bravo and thanks for a great experience!
Written 18 July 2020
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Jim D
Charlotte, NC59 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2020
Even if you're not a science geek, this place is fascinating. Galileo was centuries ahead of his time and his inventions and revelations transformed the world. Here you will understand how Galileo's understanding of physics, mathematics, and more revolutionized medicine, weapons, and astronomy.
Written 10 March 2020
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Jean R
Namur, Belgium723 contributions
Not to be missed
Nov 2019
An excellent science museum. Not too crowded and at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the many magnetometers and compasses are not on display anymore, only two declinatoium remain. Where have they gone?
Written 6 March 2020
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Emma
Manchester, UK983 contributions
Pretty interesting
Mar 2020 • Couples
There’s a mixture of displays in here all to do with science and although some are a little repetitive (e.g. they have hundreds of telescopes that all look the same) most of it is interesting. All the signage is in Italian and English. Galileo’s fingers were weird and wonderful. I just thought the plaques for each item could have given more information as some of them said the name of the item but we didn’t actually know what that did or was.
Written 1 March 2020
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