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Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) Tours

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Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)
Science buffs of all ages marvel at the array of historic scientific and mathematical instruments at Florence’s Museo Galileo. Check out barometers, globes, and microscopes dating as far back as the 13th century, as well as a telescope that Galileo used. Engaging hands-on exhibits demonstrate the instruments’ inner workings.

The Basics
A giant sundial at the entrance hints at what you’ll find inside this state-of-the-art museum located just around the corner from the Uffizi Gallery. Collected by the Medici and Lorraine dynasties, the instruments offer a journey into the history of astronomy, mathematics, and other sciences, with a focus on the contributions of Galileo Galilei.

To skip the entry line, buy your ticket in advance. For deeper insight into the importance of the instruments on display, explore the museum with a guide. Or, join a Galileo-themed tour of Florence that includes a stop at the museum.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Older kids especially enjoy the interactive section of the museum with hands-on models and exhibits.
  • The museum is accessible to wheelchairs.
  • Purchase science-themed books and souvenirs in the museum shop. 
  • The museum doesn’t have a café, but you’ll find a variety of dining options in the immediate vicinity.
How to Get There
Museo Galileo is located just behind the Uffizi Gallery on Piazza dei Giudici along the Arno River, an easy walk from the train station and Florence’s main sights.  

When to Get There
There’s really no bad time to visit. In summer, the museum can be a welcome break from the heat and crowds of other more famous attractions in Florence.

The Museo Galileo Collection
The museum occupies two entire floors of the Palazzo Castellani—the first floor is home to the Medici Collection, and on the second you’ll find the Lorraine Dynasty Collection. Each room is organized around a theme, such as The Representation of the World. 
Address: Piazza dei Giudici, 1, Florence 50122, Italy
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Florence

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See the mind of a Genius
Jeff R
, Oct 2019
Really enjoyed the hands on experience and insight into the mind of Galileo. Amazing to also see the ingenuity, creativity, and intelligence of so many other notable minds. The focus on the heavens and understanding the stars is very intriguing. Enjoyed this immensely.
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BE CAREFUL! When we booked, the tour...
Angie G
, Jun 2018
BE CAREFUL! When we booked, the tour information and then the voucher both clearly stated 10:30 pm. The museum isn't open at 10:30 pm. I tried calling the local contact number, but was not able to reach anybody. So we did not get to see the Galileo Museum and trying to contact Viator is not easy. I am quite disappointed that I was sold a tour for a time the location was not even open.
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Very good museum with a lot of history...
Vivian G
, Jun 2018
Very good museum with a lot of history inside, loved it

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Skip the Line: Galileo Museum Ticket

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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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Experience one of Florence’s most fascinating museums with a 1.5-hour guided tour of Galileo's National Science Museum. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and benefit from a small-group size as you browse the interactive exhibitions, admire Galileo’s original telescopes and scientific tools, and learn all about the scientist’s groundbreaking discoveries.
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Florence Walk and Galileo Museum

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This is the perfect tour to get to know Florence away from the crowds. Let's discover Florence and its history through the scientific collection of the Medici family. The Medici were the patrons of Galileo and played a relevant role in his trial. In spite of the heresy accusation, Galileo is the father of modern science.
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Discovering Galileo Museum in Florence Private Tour for Kids & Families

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During this experience we will honor the man who became known as the “Father of Modern Science”, Galileo Galilei. Come on this tour to explore Galileo Galilei’s life and see how he contributed to changing the world! Discover his public and private life through the places where the great scientist was staying in Florence!
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Explore the life and scientific legacy of one of the most famous Florentines on a private tour revolving around Galileo. Visit the astronomer’s namesake museum to learn about his life and see historic telescopes, and pay tribute at a forum and statue dedicated to him at the Observatory Museum. After learning about Galileo’s controversial theories and discoveries, finish the journey in front of his tomb inside the Basilica of Santa Croce.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 7 Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) costs USD 19.23. Guided Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) tours start around USD 19.23 per person. See all 7 Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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