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With a few clicks you can see The Medici Collection, The Lorena's one, and more than a thousand objects on permanent display.
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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.
What makes this Tour Unique?
- See famous collection like the Medici's and the Lorena's ones and some of the most important Galileo projects
- Skip the line and don't waste your time
- Stay in the museum how long you want
Reduced and free tickets
- Between 6 and 18 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
- Groups, at least 15 person
- Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 18 years old)
- Children under 6 years old (valid identity document needed at the entrance)
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:
- professors and researchers with a document proving their job
- fellows and graduate students certificated from university, CNR or a similar institution
- students and undergraduates in possession of a letter of introduction from their professor
- internal ed external collaborators of the Galileo Museum
- scholars without the requirements listed above that can demonstrate the need to access the library for their business
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.
Visits for the visually impaired
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 Galileo Museum is located in Piazza dei Giudici (Giudici Square), in the city center of Florence along the river, just few steps from Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. From the Central railway station you can reach the museum in 20 minutes on foot.
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.
- Large selection of works and instruments of Galileo Galilei, as the telescopes.
- Medici and Lorraine collections.
- Collection of old globes and celestial spheres, with a great armillary sphere made of carved wood.
- Educational workshops and interactive equipment.
31 May 2016
Most of the museums in Florence are closed on Monday so this was the stop of the day. And it was well worth it. Download the app as it is filled with all kinds of information that goes well beyond the simple signs for the all the objects. This place is for science and math geeks but really everyone can...
30 May 2016
A really interesting museum, especially if you download the free museum app (instructions at reception) which helps as you walk around. There are some interesting videos which explain some of the more significant exhibits and a small interactive area towards the end, for those who enjoy a more hands on experience. A must for science geeks, but really interesting for...
30 May 2016
This is the real deal. Early telescopes, navigation instruments that opened up the New World, measuring devices -all here and mostly authentic pieces from hundreds of years ago. I almost walked past it in favor of more famous sites, but once I entered I felt like staying the whole day. Once you get past the slightly glitzy entry area which...
29 May 2016
This museum usually doesn't make the Florence "highlights reel" like the Uffizi or the Accademia but it's an important reminder that a lot of science was also done here during the Renaissance and later! This is a good museum with lots of interesting pieces of scientific equipment from the early modern age and plenty of multimedia displays showing how the...
29 May 2016
I have two science "nerds" in my family so we decided to visit with our Firenze Pass. I was genuinely impressed. This museum has won multiple awards since opening its doors. You can download the App on your phone and listen to an audio guide for free. It's collection of artifacts is impressive and it's amazing to think how much...
28 May 2016
This is a fascinating museum. It is extremely well laid out and organized. They also have videos which explain many items and concepts in much more detail. This adds a lot of value. Although the museum is not large, it is definitely worth a visit.
28 May 2016
It is just unbelievable what level science had reached already such a long time ago. Although, being a natural scientist myself I hardly understood some of the very the complex issues presented in this museum. But the museum is arranged in a way that additional inter-active information is provided to help the understanding. The Museum is very well organized and...
27 May 2016
An often overlooked museum nestling next to the Uffizi. Compact but full of wonderful surprises about this great scientist, Galileo Galilei. A collection of astronomical artifacts, telescopes, globes, planetary models etc etc. Well laid out and very well signed. An interesting few hours well spent.
27 May 2016
this is a fine complement to a visit to the Uffizi or even if you are waiting for your appointment at the museum as it is right next door. i would go early in the morning when your mind is fresh as this is not a passive experience. if you are not much for science might not please.
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25 May 2016
If you are a scientist or an engineer, this is a museum you cannot miss. Before seeing this museum, I thought it would be more about Galileo. But what you do see is various instruments dating from the 1500s to the 1900s. You will see everything from drafting and architecture tools, to telescopes, barometers, hygrometers, thermometers, lever arm experimental tools,...