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Museo Galileo, 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. 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. Use our Florence travel itinerary maker to add Museo Galileo and other attractions to your Florence vacation plans.
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  • The Museum is known for its (small) collection of Galileo instruments. It offers more but and shows the fascination exerted the science on generations and how and for what reasons the research was undertaken. The link to church and war is well represented. The exhibits themselves are only mediocre. For non English-trained little should reveal themselves. The audio-guide is available to my knowledge not in German. There is also a museum app. The entrance fee is quite high, especially since children also pay. But the Museum is not overrun. Kids will have something from the visit under 12 years only with explanations. In this case, it is definitely recommended. At the same time I would not higher estimate the suitability for children as in museums. Interested children can have fun in every Museum!
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  • If you have a curious nature then you can not miss a visit to the Museo Galileo: between the three floors of the building, we will be in contact with the tools that have made the human being and which made it possible to conceive of the world and the universe as we know it today. Observe these objects opens the mind to their understanding and you will be amazed of the visit. There is also a small interactive part to fiddle around and observe the laws of physics. I made the visit with my girlfriend and she was completely taken by science. Very charming, very recommended.
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  • Visit interesting but that dire explanations. Yet they have good ideas, e.g. the interactive area, but it is too late! at the end of visit. It would be more interesting to regularly present the interactive pieces according to the visit to understand what these beautiful pieces in the collection were used.
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  • Fascinating exhibits. Good explanations and educational videos (with English). We spent a good couple of hours looking around. At the end there are interactive exhibits that let you recreate some of Galileo's experiments and get a better understanding of scientific theories. If you are interested in science or history this is a must-see in Florence.
  • High recommended to inspire interest in science. Remember to download the free app for the audio and video guide. It is one of the best museum apps ever. The museum brings you thru a journey from the very basics of how human determine time as a form of measurements to how we achieve our world today. It is truly an amazing experience. It is no doubt an important history of humanity discovery in science and advancement. Must visit!
  • Would have to be the best museum I have been to! Great free app to read through information about all the pieces in the museum as you walk through. It was surreal to be able to see Galileos fingers (!!) And equipment! So much other fascinating science exhibits too, it's a real journey walking through it. There was a great interactive area at the start of the museum.
  • Don't write this off as a children's exhibit. This was one of the coolest museums we visited in our trip to Italy. Their selection of historical scientific and medical devices was unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. I recommend downloading their app which has more detailed explanations of many of their displays.
  • Loved this museum. Great for kids and adults alike. You can download a free app as the audio guide, and if you haven't brought your own ear buds, you can purchase one at the ticket office for just €0.50. This is much different from some of the other Florence museums where they charge you at least €3 to hire an audio guide.

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