Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence

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View the preserved fingers of Galileo Galilei, or opt for the more traditional exhibits of telescopes, medical tools, globes, and other scientific instruments at Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science. Founded by the University of Florence in 1927, the museum covers more than 500 years of scientific technology, dating from Medici-ruled Florence to present day. Take a free guide tours, or pay a small fee for an in-depth, digital video guides. Arrange to visit Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science and other attractions in Florence using our Florence trip itinerary site.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • This is a very nice, but small museum. It is for the scientist, physicist, engineer, or someone who plans to be one of those. The museum also touches on chemistry and biology. This is a great interactive museum IF YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP. I highly recommend you download it and find the pieces. This is great for younger students and teenagers to use their phone and dive into the vast aspects the app has to offer. There are limited featured items, but it will keep you busy. Broken down into small aspects. More museums should follow this model with the app as support. Very good value for the cost of the visit.
  • Nice museum re-arranged recently in a modern way. Lots of equipment documenting the progress of science since renaissance, but it lacks full description of many (most) items on display, which results in it to be fully appreciated only by teachers and enthusiasts of history of science. It has a couple of hands-on rooms at the end to explain to children the science principles behind some of the items on display in the museum, but i would think they would have made the museum more enjoyable had the activities been put next to the main displays.
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