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Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science
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Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour
Ranked #30 of 426 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

I loved this museum more than my wife, but she enjoyed it too.

The historical instruments on show were brilliant, they were so lovingly made. Lots of fascinating equipment that had been made to demonstrate scientific principles. Lots of interesting videos to watch as you wandered from room to room as well.

I thought we would be in there only a half and hour or so because it looked quite small, but we were there for getting on two hours. If you have a leaning towards physics you'll love this place.

Visited June 2014
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“Fascinating look at the tools of science and discovery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

This small museum houses a phenomenal collection of scientific instruments, from the time of Galileo to the mid-1800's. The focus is on Galileo, and for anyone of a scientific bent, seeing the actual telescopes that Galileo used is a thrill.

The instruments that are housed in the museum represent the age of scientific discovery that truly began with Galileo, and they are beautifully preserved and displayed. There is excellent explanatory material, including some well-done video graphic displays. (Didn't try the audio / video guide, as the museum staff said it didn't work too well! At least they were honest!!)
The only disappointment was that there was no discussion of the persecution that Galileo suffered for going against the religious dogma of his era. An honest explanation of that would make this museum more complete.

Worth a visit, and likely overlooked by many, who think only of David and the Uffizi.

Visited June 2014
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“Remarkable look at early science”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

Compelling review of the evolution of science during the early Renaissance. Fantastic displays. Just down the street from the Uffizi and not crowded.

Visited May 2014
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“Nice Change from Churches and Art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

This well done museum is a block from the Uffizi on the Arno River.

It covers invention and innovation over the past 1000 years or so.

If you've had physics and/or chemistry and/or biology in school then some of it is a bit basic, but you can go at your own pace and level of interest. It is possible to spend an hour here or most of a day.

Entry is about 9 euros and they are open until 18:00 most days.

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Visited May 2014
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“Not much Galileo; Ambient Temperature Ridiculously Hot”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

My wife and two of our friends visited this "museum" last week. There were several reviews and advertisements we had read that spoke quite well of its displays. Such reviews and advertisements also indicated that the attraction was "air conditioned"; like most of the other museums in Florence, it was not.

Climbing the stairs to the second floor, the stillness of the air coupled with the human heat load made the experience unbearable. Moreover, the propensity that some of the patrons had to not bathe regularly made for the stuff that turns one's stomach..... While the group I was with toughed (and sweated) it out, I had to immediately retreat.

Going down to the ticket desk, I informed the three women manning the counter of my experience and politely asked for my 8 Euros back. The leader of the bunch (a dour *****) indignantly refused, telling me that I should have inquired about the temperature before paying the entrance fee. She also refused to summon a higher authority, which caused me to loudly (but politely) ask for a supervisor once every five minutes or so.

After a half hour, the Director of the Museum arrived. He was similarly unhelpful.

My friends indicated that there was only one small room displaying actual Galileo artifacts. The balance consisted of other scientific displays that were somehow linked to theories/premises that Galileo had toyed with during his long career.

In sum, this place is perhaps worth the entrance fee if the environment provided by those collecting your money offers a modicum of comfort. In my experience it certainly did not.

Visited May 2014
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