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The Museo Galileo in Florence has been dedicated to the history of science since 1927: the focus of the museum is on the exhibition and documentation of historical instruments and equipment. A foundation of the University of Florence in Piazza dei Giudici, the Science Museum is located in the 11th century Palazzo Castellani.
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3 Tips for Visiting the Museo Galileo

Museum für Wissensschaftsgeschichte, Florenz | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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Save with a family ticket and the FirenzecardAttractive discounts are available when buying a family ticket. Another way to save on the entrance price for the Museo Galileo is buying the Cityticket Firenzecard: this already includes a skip the line ticket for the science museum.
Astronomical clock, 16th century, Caspar Rauber | Wiki Commons: Sailko CC BY 2.0
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Additional information material is availableOn the official website of Museo Galileo, accompanying material to the permanent exhibition can be downloaded in advance. The museum also offers the Museo Galileo app, which is available free of charge for smartphones and tablets.
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Get a Coffee in the surrounding areaSince the museum itself doesn't have a bar, it's better to find a cafe around the Uffizi and Piazza dei Giudici for a break.
Museo Galileo, Florence, 2nd floor room | Wiki Commons: Sailko CC BY-SA 3.0

Museo Galileo - The Scientific Heritage of Tuscany

Even at the Museo Galileo, the Medici and Lorraine heritage plays a major role: the foundation of the collection of scientific equipment on display here comes from their possession.
Model of the movements of celestial bodies | Ulmon: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
In 21 exhibition halls, about 1,500 of 5,000 instruments are permanently on display, including, for example, telescopes constructed by Galileo Galilei and used in his discovery of the moons of Jupiter. Pretty much all areas of the natural sciences in which discoveries were made up to the 18th century are represented, but especially astronomy, physics and engineering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a visit to the Museo Galileo take?

The average visit to the museum is in the range of about one to two hours. Read more.

Is the Museo Galileo suitable for children?

The exhibits are historical in nature, cannot be touched, and therefore need additional explanations for children. Inquisitive children and those interested in nature and technology should nevertheless get their money's worth. On request, Il Museo per Tutti offers special programs and activities tailored to children. Read more.

General Information

Opening Hours:

Open on every day from 09:30 to 18:00 except Tuesdays, Tuesdays 09:30 to 13:00. The museum is closed on January 1 and December 25.

Tickets:

For adults, a ticket to the Museo Galileo costs €11, €6 for children between 6 and 18 years. The reduced ticket for disabled people and their companions costs 1 €. A family ticket for 2 adults and two children under 18 costs €25. Admission without queuing to the Museo Galileo (Fast Track) is included in the city pass Firenzecard.

On the first Sunday of each month, admission to the Museo Galileo is free!

Address:

Museo Galileo - Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza
Piazza dei Giudici 1
50122 Florence
Italy

COVID-19:

⚠️Currently, the following measures are taken against the coronavirus:
  • Masks are required
  • Only a limited number of guests are admitted at a certain time
  • At admission, all guests are subjected to a temperature measurement
  • There are predetermined routes in the museum, the course of which must be followed
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How to get there:

If you take the public line C1 to the museum, you can get off close to the Uffizi Gallery or the adjacent Piazza dei Giudici. Alternatively, the bus lines C3, C4 or FB arrive at the stop Bardi, from where it is possible to walk in 5 minutes across the Ponte Vecchio to the Museo Galileo.
Maurizio Massaro
Written byMaurizio MassaroMaurizio is a cosmopolitan, a musician and comes around. In his role as a content manager at TicketLens, he is always striving to find new offers as well as writing about sights all over the world.
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