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.
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.