History of Science in Florence: the museum for families and children
The Medici family and the Dukes of Lorraine, who ruled Florence gave much importance to scientific research, so as to collect a number of scientific instruments that today you can admire at the Museo Galileo, located in Piazza dei Giudici, near the Uffizi Gallery, in the historic Palazzo Castellani.
In which room of the museum is the original Galileo’s telescope?
The Museo Galileo is divided into rooms numbered in chronological and thematic criteria. In Room VII it is possible to admire the famous Galileo’s telescope made by himself in wood and leather.
Room I – The Medici collections
- Room II – Astronomy and Time
- Rooms III-IV – The representation of the world
- Room V – The science and the sea
- Room VI – The Science of War
- Room VII – The New World of Galileo
- Room VIII – The Accademia del Cimento: Art and Science of Experimentation
- Room IX – After Galileo: Exploring The Physical and Biological World
- Room X – The Lorraine Collections
- Room XI – The Spectacle of Science
- Rooms XII-XIII – Science Teaching
- Room XIV – The industry of precision instruments
- Rooms XV-XVI – Measuring Natural Phenomena
- Room XVII – Chemistry and the Public Usefulness of Science
- Room XVIII – Science in the house
In addition to the rooms there are also a library and interactive rooms.
– In Piazza dei Giudici, on the corner with Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, it was installed in 2007 a large sundial on the initiative of the Museo Galileo;
– It is available a app that will guide you inside the museum, explaining the history of each object on display.
Galileo Museum Florence opening hours and prices
The Museum is open every day including Sundays and holidays except for 1 January and 25 December
Mondays to Sundays 9.30 – 18.00
Full fee € 9.00
6-18 years old € 5.50
Groups (15 person minimum) € 5.50
School groups (6-15 years old) € 4.50
Under 6 years old free entry
Family ticket (2 adults + max 2 children 18 and under) € 22.00
Museo Galileo is part of the Firenze Card Circuit.
Moreover, a special promotion has been launched by Museo Galileo and La Specola museum – the zoological section of the University of Florence Natural History Museum: visitors who buy a full ticket in one of the two museums can access the other with a reduced fee.
Activities for children at the Museo Galileo Florence
The Museo Galileo offers a program* of activities designed for children and their families: interactive tours and educational workshops involving young and olds to discover the wonders of the Museum through the experience of the game.
* From 20th June to 20th November 2016 the rooms used for educational labs host the exhibition Pescare nel fango: il Museo e l’alluvione (Fishing in the mud: the Museum and the flood). They are currently underway summer camps with the theme “Summer adventures between science and scientists” from Monday to Friday for children from 7 to 12 years old.