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“Awesome is the best way to describe this Science Museum”

Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour
Ranked #37 of 635 things to do in Florence
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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.
California
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“Awesome is the best way to describe this Science Museum”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

It is an incredible "history" of science. The maps are extremely alluring. There is one map in particular that will surely stun you. It is the map of the known world, back when it was flat and considered to be one piece of earth (not the continents as we now know).

Interactivity and kid friendly (with video demonstrations along the way). I really enjoyed the astrolab collections.

Visited November 2013
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“Great Museum that focuses on science”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

Took the train down from Venice, and this museum was the highlight. Small museum, compared with the Uffuzi next door. One can only take looking at paintings for so long, even my wife enjoyed this museum. A collection of antique bicycles in the lower level to Galileo's telescopes (and fingers) in the upper levels, brings one to understand the brilliant minds or the Renaissance. Unbelievably complex devices that one would have a hard time making, even today. The are some hands on devices to demonstrate various physics principles. We loved it.

Visited November 2013
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“For anyone who loves maps, gadgets & inventions, this is a must see!”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

As a lover of all things pertaining to navigation, maps, globes and inventions, this museum was GREAT! It was a pleasant departure from the art museums (great as they are), focusing on Galileo's and Florence's prominence as the center for invention and exploration during and after Galileo's time and adeptly covering the history of science, in general. Don't miss it!

Visited September 2013
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“A Must See for Students and Teachers of Science”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

A great collection of original scientific instruments, covering a wide range of interests but particularly for those interested in physics, astronomy and navigation. A lot to see but made more accessible through some very good video displays that explain how specific exhibits were used.

A small hands-on section at the end gives kids the chance to try out some of concepts. Much better value-for-money than the Leonardo Da Vinci museum which is very hands-on but small. I would recommend the Museo Galileo for older students and for those interested in the history of physics, and the LDV for younger children.

Visited November 2013
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“Science! ”
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

This is a great museum that is fairly cheap €9 for an adult it features lots of tools and contraptions used by scientific explorers and scientists from the 15 the century on. Certainly worth checking out if you have an interest in science or science history.

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