Monday, December 16, 2013
Its a Memorial Science and History Museum of The Galileo, Father of Modern Science.
Founded in 1927, the Museum is heir to a five century-long tradition of scientific collecting, which has its origins in the central importance assigned to scientists and scientific instruments by the Medici and Lorraine families. The Institute has been continuously involved in research into topics connected with the history of science and technology as well as the history of scientific instruments, collections and museums. In the last twenty years it has also published a biannual journal on the History of Science, Nuncius. Annali di Storia della Scienza.
Rev: "It is an incredible "history" of science. The maps are extremely alluring. There is one map in particular that will surely stun you. It is the map of the known world, back when it was flat and considered to be one piece of earth (not the continents as we now know). Interactivity and kid friendly (with video demonstrations along the way). I really enjoyed the astrolab collections."
Rev: "Took the train down from Venice, and this museum was the highlight. Small museum, compared with the Uffuzi next door. One can only take looking at paintings for so long, even my wife enjoyed this museum. A collection of antique bicycles in the lower level to Galileo's telescopes (and fingers) in the upper levels, brings one to understand the brilliant minds or the Renaissance. Unbelievably complex devices that one would have a hard time making, even today. The are some hands on devices to demonstrate various physics principles. We loved it."
Rev: "As a lover of all things pertaining to navigation, maps, globes and inventions, this museum was GREAT! It was a pleasant departure from the art museums (great as they are), focusing on Galileo's and Florence's prominence as the center for invention and exploration during and after Galileo's time and adeptly covering the history of science, in general. Don't miss it!"
Rev: "A great collection of original scientific instruments, covering a wide range of interests but particularly for those interested in physics, astronomy and navigation. A lot to see but made more accessible through some very good video displays that explain how specific exhibits were used. A small hands-on section at the end gives kids the chance to try out some of concepts. Much better value-for-money than the Leonardo Da Vinci museum which is very hands-on but small. I would recommend the Museo Galileo for older students and for those interested in the history of physics, and the LDV for younger children."
Rev: "This is a great museum that is fairly cheap €9 for an adult it features lots of tools and contraptions used by scientific explorers and scientists from the 15 the century on. Certainly worth checking out if you have an interest in science or science history."
Entry fee is € 8,00 for adults, € 5,00 (7-18 yrs. and >65 yrs.), € 5,00 (groups > 15 people), € 4,00 (school groups 7-15 yrs.), € 20,00 for Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children under 18 yrs.) and free (children 0-6 yrs.)
Rev: "I was fortunate to be on a private tour of the museum which allowed me to see the wonderful historic books that they have. But the museum itself is well worth a visit. It is beautifully set out with plenty of space to stand and admire the artefacts ... which themselves are works of art. It is definitely worth couple of hours to browse and it made a welcome respite from all that baroque and black and white marble. I shall return for another walk around on my next visit to Firenze."
Entry price is now 9 Euros. I could not rent the video display unit that you carry around because I did not bring a picture ID with me to leave at the desk. They would not take a credit card as collateral. However the video animations on TV screens next to several of the displays were world class. I suspect they might be available on the DVD for sale in the book shop. (Excellent selection in the bookshop by the way, including many in English). During my visit I kept saying to myself how great it would be if some of the mechanical demonstration devices could be operated for the public's benefit, like the ones showing how balls accelerate down a hill and cover twice the distance each second as in the previous second. Well to my great surprise, as you leave just before you get to the bookstore there are two rooms filled with hands-on samples of many of these contraptions that you can operate yourself. Bring your high school physics class here and they will get it instantly! (Kind of expensive trip, I know...)
I bought a bunch of Galileo coffee mugs for friends, for E10 each, at the bookshop. I drink out of mine every morning and remember this place fondly. One warning - in small print on the bottom of the packaging for the mug it says "no dishwasher". Just warn your friends. Go and enjoy this place. In fact go twice, it's worth it. Free lockers to store your bags and stuff too."