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IMPORTANT: If the time requested is not available, the museum will confirm a timetable different from the one you requested, but as close as possible to the one you requested.
Service fees and eventual temporary exhibition fees are always due.
On March 28th 2012 the Galileo Museum opened a new interactive area. Visitors have the opportunity to interact with innovative exhibits and to understand why and how some of the original instruments kept in the museum’s historical collection work.
The Museum is open every day including Sundays and holidays, except for 1st January and 25th December.
Tickets are sold until 30 minutes before closing time.
Access to the library is restricted to:
Materials stored in the off-site warehouse are delivered the day after they are requested.
At the end of the exhibition, on the ground floor there is a bookshop run by ATI Giunti.
It offers a wide selection of publications (catalogues, guides, historical books) both for scholars and for kids of all ages.
Credit cards are accepted.
The bookshop closes 15 minutes before museum closing time.
Visitors can store safely their luggages and bags at the wardrobe with padlocks at the museum entrance. There is no charge.
For groups large storage boxes, with padlocks, are available for bulky backpacks.
Visitors are allowed to take photographs – without using a flash or tripod - within the Museum halls. Authorization is necessary for commercial filming and photography and must be requested in advance by writing to the museum’s Photographic Laboratory.
The museum is completely accessible to visitors with limited motor skills, with elevators, wheelchairs lifts and equipped restrooms.
There is a wheelchair ramp entrance along Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici number 2. Request assistance to our staff via an intercom system.
All visitors with disabilities and one companion are granted free entrance to the Galileo Museum; Assistance dogs are able to access the museum.
A museum operator introduces the objects on display and illustrates their role in the history of science. The tactile exploration of a selection of originals and replicas helps visually impaired visitors to better understand how the instruments are made and work. Thanks to the museum’s collaborative efforts with the Italian Union of the Blind this service is free of charge and available in either English or Italian.
The museum is an international reference on Galileo Galilei and the history of science, where you can admire masterpieces of scientific culture.
The Museo Galileo inherits the prestigious tradition of 5 centuries of scientific collecting, which develops around the central importance given to the protagonists and the tools of science by the Medici and Lorraine families
The Galileo Museum, opened in 2010, preserves and exhibits the collections belonging to the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, active since 1930 in the current Palazzo Castellani, building of ancient origins (late eleventh century) already known at the time of Dante as Castello d'Altafronte.
The Medici collection of scientific instruments was begun in 16th century by Cosimo I in the Palazzo Vecchio (1519-1574), continued by Ferdinand I, who moved to the Uffizi, until the foundation of the "Accademia del Cimento" in 1657 by Ferdinando II and Leopold de 'Medici at Palazzo Pitti.
In the 18th century started the Lorraine collection, thanks to the Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine, which transferred all the scientific instruments and the masterpieces in Torrigiani Palace (now the Museum of the Observatory) and founded a veritable Museum of Physics. The workshops of the museum where new equipment were built, saw the participation of astronomers, physicists and inventors of great stature, up to the 19th century when the Tribune of Galileo was built with the collection of all the most popular instruments he invented.
After the unification of Italy in 1861, the collections were disrupted and the state of degradation was reported only at the beginning of the new century when in 1927 the Institute of the History of Science was founded with the task of "collecting, cataloging, and restoring" scientific collections, up to the current Galileo Museum.