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. Arrange to visit Museo Galileo and other attractions in Florence using our Florence trip itinerary site .
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  • I can't believe this museum is so underrated (there is rarely anyone there..... compared to other museums in central Florence). It is a good visit that explains the advancements of science, and you ca...  more »
  • Glad to get out of the blistering heat with my 6 and 4 year old. Thankfully this was the first museum of the day because kids were not interested at all but still behaved really well, taking a little ...  more »
  • Decent museum, interesting for adults but difficult to access for kids under 8 yrs. Interactive area has 3-4 good things, but rest is challenged to keep kids' attention.  more »
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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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