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The Galileo Museum, formerly known as the Institute and Museum for the History of Science, filled with scientific instruments that date back to the 13th century, including a telescope Galileo once used. Ancient barometers, globes, microscopes, quadrants, and more delight both science and history enthusiasts. There is also a giant sundial on the premises. Choose your time of entry to the Galileo Museum, and skip the lines when you arrive.
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    Visit: Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Piazza De' Giudici 1, 50122, Florence Italy

    The Institute and Museum for the History of Science is heir to a tradition of five centuries of scientific collecting, which has its origins in the central importance assigned by the Medici and Lorraine families to scientists and scientific instruments.

    The Medicean collection of scientific instruments was begun by Cosimo I (1519-1574), who housed it in the “Wardrobe” of the Palazzo Vecchio, known today as the "sala delle carte geografiche" (Map Room). With the foundation of the Accademia del Cimento (1657), inaugurated by Ferdinand II (1610-1670) and Leopold de\' Medici (1617-1675) for the purpose of conducting the experimental investigation of nature, the collection was enriched with new instruments designed mainly for thermometric, barometric, and pneumatic research. The Accademia was located in the Pitti Palace where all the instruments in the Medici collection were subsequently moved. After their decline during the Napoleonic occupation (1799-1814), the museum and its workshops were reorganized upon the return to power of the Lorraine Family. After the Unification of Italy, the collections were dispersed among several university departments. In 1922, thanks to the promoters of the "Group for the Preservation of National Scientific Heritage," the collections were rescued from abandonment. In 1927, thanks to their commitment, the Istituto di Storia delle Scienze (The Institute of the History of Science) was founded, with the goal of "collecting, cataloging, and restoring" the scientific collections. In 1929, the newborn Institute organized the First National Exhibition of the History of Science in Florence. In 1930, following the show, the University of Florence opened the permanent exhibition of the Istituto di Storia della Scienza at Palazzo Castellani to the public. It included the Medici-Lorraine collection of instruments. After the damage caused by the bombings that destroyed the bridges of the Lungarno at the end of the Second World War (1944-45), another hard blow was dealt to the collection by the flood of 1966. The instruments that were stored in the basement and ground floor of the Museo were seriously damaged. Thanks to international solidarity and the efforts of Maria Luisa Righini Bonelli, then-director of the Museum, it was possible to quickly carry out recovery of the instruments, reopen the exhibition rooms to the public, and focus again on library collecting and research activities.
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    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Important note: you will be assigned an exact entrance time which will be the one you have to respect in order to make the visit. The time can be any time during the opening time and will be indicated on the voucher issued by the provider, within one business day from your booking request
    • School/class bookings need to be made directly with the museum
    • Access for visitors with disabilities: Visitors with reduced mobility can use the entrance in Lungarno Anna Maria de’ Medici, where they can call for assistance if required. The museum is entirely barrier-free.
    • PLEASE NOTICE: Confirmed time is not always the same time you requested; museum automatically confirms the closest available time (any time) on the same date if requested time is sold out.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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    Terrific museum highlighting the scientific advances of Galileo and others. Definitely download the free app as it provides audio and textual information beyond what is shown. Takes only a couple of hours, and there was no line!
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    My wife and I loved this museum. It was not crowded. It is full of history, not just in a variety of Renaissance inventions but how they played into history and art. Fascinating when you try to imagine that these were created by hand and caused so much change to the world.
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    A great museum not only for Galileo but if you have a passion for the history of science. A really interesting visit
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    This is really a great museum with a phenomenal collection. Good break from the traditional academic exhibitions/collections around town. You must go!
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    This was an interesting little museum and a must see if you are a science fan. I was surprised there wasn't more in terms of the life and history of Gailieo. We enjoyed our time here. There was also a bonus Leonardo Da Vinci library exhibit at the end.
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