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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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  • So much more to Galileo than just telescopes! But there are plenty of those :) Just around the corner from the Uffizi. A great little gem of a museum. As with many museums in Italy, free entry for dis...  more »
  • I've been to the Museo Galileo a few times. There is an interactive app that talks about different displays: very fun and lots of cool artifacts! 
  • Nice visit to a location very quiet and instructive for children and teens. Aside from the interactive room on the ground floor, so many other distributed over two more floors. Many telescopes, measuring instruments, medical instruments and representation of pregnancy. Available in an hour or so. Satisfied with the visit with family.
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  • Very interesting museum with plenty of early scientific instruments, great if you do some research beforehand or get a guide who can explain what you're looking at. Excellent if you can take your (older) children around explaining what they're looking at.
  • What a great museum. I learned so much here. Has a free phone app that guides you and gives a ton of extra info. Way museums are headed? Not crowded when everything else was. Beautiful design. 9 euro entrance. Pleased I came here.
  • The age of discovery hand crafted globes, tools, scientific apparatus. This place is amazing. You have to come and look telescopes, microscopes, work benches the craftsmanship will blow you away.
  • Great museum to learn about galileo as well as the progression of the sciences from the renaissance up to the 1800s. The instruments have been kept in great condition and the free audio tour app is extensive in the info it provides.
  • It was okay, not the most interesting at times since it's mostly a collection of scientific instruments with a little information. There is free wifi and a free companion app which requires headphones (purchasable for €0.50 if you don't have any). I found the audio guide a little too slow and stopped using it. There were some videos throughout the exhibit explaining the use of different tools which were interesting, though I wish there were more for the astronomy section. There was only a small section dedicated to Galileo. There are also some nice little interactive displays at the end of the museum that showcase a few of the key discoveries.