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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11.41% of people who visit Florence include Museo Galileo in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
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
This was truly amazing! I love science, but I think that no one should miss this. The museum allows you to see how technology advanced over history. It is truly impressive. Looking at these instruments makes you think a lot of how they work, which is something that doesn't happen with today's technology. Your iPhone doesn't make you think, unfortunately. I would allow some time for the visit, so you look at the details of some of the instruments and try to understand how they work - that way you can really enjoy the creativity of these inventors. Also - bring earphone! The museum has an app that guides you through the exhibition. Don't forget to see the sundial outside the museum, it is really cool. And last thing - check the opening days. I think that in Tuesday it is closed (might change though). Enjoy the visit! (Since I was so excited by the visit, I have only one not so good picture.. Sorry about that)
A wealth of exhibits which focus around science. There are some interesting videos demonstrating the use of the devices, but a lot of the objects are not shown in use. The audio guide was a little brief at times and could have provided more useful information than just the name of the maker etc.
Very interesting place to visit. It brings you through centuries of scientific discovery and the instruments developed to do so. I could personally have used a bit more hands-on, giving the visitor a chance to use more replicas of the instruments on display. Make it a more interactive and playful experience.
MUST SEE....Only 10E entrance fee.....NO line, just walk in. I spent 3 hours there. It was fascinating, so much more than just Galileo. Great photo opportunity. Take your water, as they have none. Suitable for for everyone, 4 yr and older for kids, unless will will mind the rules about not touching certain displays or are in a stroller.
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.