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Museo Galileo, Florence

(4.2/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This was one of the last museums we went to, and perhaps we were suffering from some museum burnout, but we didn't find it to be particularly interesting.  more »
  • Null explanatory panels, some very poor and few videos. Access bad for those costs us up stairs. To use the lift, you have to request hearing
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  • Great place to discover or deepen science with the look and the steps taken at the time of their discovery. Audio guide in English or Italian for free on smartphone. Wi - Fi and free to access Internet. Explanatory video, interactive piece, 2 h spent with 2 children (10 years), they were thrilled.
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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.