Museo GalileoCurrently Closed
- Address: Piazza dei Giudici, 1, 50122 Firenze, Italy, Florence
- Timings: 09:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +39-55265311
- Ticket Price: 9 EUR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Library, History Museums, Historical Site, Family And Kids
The 11th century Palazzo Castelanni in which this museum is housed is perhaps the most revered scientific Mecca in the world. Its collection of historical scientific instruments is tremendous! Many of these were taken from the Medici collections, as that family was an eager patron of the sciences. The museum was founded by the University of Florence.
Its highlights are:
- The Medici Collections of scientific instruments from the 15th century through the 18th century.
- Galileo’s personal tools, including his two only surviving telescopes.
- The Lorraine Collection of experimental apparatus, with important paraphernalia related to early experiment with electricity, electromagnetism and chemistry.
- The Library, which contains 150,000 items documenting the history of science, including over 5000 antique books on physics and mathematics.
These items are stored in 18 thematic rooms.
- Casual visitors are not allowed into the library.
- Completely disabled accessible; one wheelchair available.
- EUR 5.50: For 6-18 years old, over 65 years old, adults in groups of 15 (minimum).
- EUR 4.50: For School groups (6-15 years old).
- Free for under 6 years old.
- EUR 22: Family Ticket (2 adults + max 2 children)
- Buses C3 and D; stop- Ponte Vecchio or Bardi
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11.42% of people who visit Florence include Museo Galileo in their plan
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46.15% of people start their Museo Galileo visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Museo Galileo
94.51% of people prefer walking in order to reach Museo Galileo
We had a blast here. It's very cool to take a look into the actual tools used by scientists over the years. My wife and I both have Science backgrounds (physics and chemistry/biology respectively) so it was very interesting for us. Not as good for kids though. One negative would be the audio guide wasn't very good so we just stopped using it. Luckily the audio guide was a free app so we didn't waste any money. One of the best museums we've been to on our trip so far. Highly recommended.
This is an amazing museum of you are a science geek. The is plenty here to keep you entranced for hours. Galileo's telescopes for example. Simple tubes that transformed the way we looked at the universe around us. Be prepared to spend plenty of time there and make the most of the app you can download to explain the exhibits better.
Fascinating place! It’s a bit overloading to the senses trying to process all the information but you are impressed by how they came up with all these machines and mathematical formulas which pushed scientific progress and the results which we take very much for granted. You must be interested in inventions of the Renaissance period including the development of maps, microscopes, telescopes, etc. There are occasional diagrams and short clips explaining some of the inventions which was helpful. Most of the displays are behind glass though and you can’t touch the ones that aren’t. Oh, and there are no lines here - Big bonus.
One of the best organized museums I've been to. Everything flowed well and was clearly labeled. The free app that they make available is worth the download. This provides a free audio tour of the main displays and then written information about all of the other important items. Unlike many science museums, this museum does a nice job covering the history of science and the main contributions from the Florentine scientists. It also provides a nice break from the art museums.
Wonderful museum. Less crowded, which is a shame. Wonderful displays detailing all aspects of scientific study and achievement. No waiting and spend as much time in any activity you choose. Very well preserved artifacts. I wish I had more time to go through this gem. Well worth the visit.