Opening of the New Museo Galileo in Florence: remembering the Great Scientist

Here we go. After 2 years of restoration and radical renovation, the Museo di Storia della Scienza (Institute and Museum of the History of Science)in Florence reopens its doors to the public under a different name: Museo Galileo (Galileo Museum).

Such an event is conceived in order to celebrate the International Astronomy Year (2009), an UNESCO initiative to commemorate the astronomy and science discoveries made by the Pisan scientist. And what’s a better way to pay homage to him than a new and modern Museum?

The Museo Galileo will host more than 1,000 invaluable instruments and experimental apparatuses belonging to Medici and Lorraine families, among which we find the only original telescopes of the great scientist and the telescope lens with which Galileo discovered Jupiter’s moons.

An entirely changed space, endowed with technological avant-garde instruments and devices for the conservation and safeguard of the objects on display and highlight their esthetic quality.

The exhibition trail will let visitors marvel at the several scientific instruments and devices with the help of multimedia systems, such as portable interactive video-guides — used for the first time in a museum — that will make the most complex instruments fully understandable even to non-specialist visitors. As a matter of fact, it will be possible to access to hypertext pages, 3D animations, and biographies. Visitors will have also the chance to use the video-guides to select an itinerary through the museum tailored to their specific interests.

Another curiosity? On the occasion of the museum opening, the remains of the scientist will be put on display, that is to say, two fingers and a tooth, which disappeared a century ago and recently have been found again by two Florentine collectors, and now will be put on display together with another finger already kept by the museum. Such remains were taken in 1737, when the corpse was exhumed to be moved into the monumental sepulchre of Basilica di Santa Croce.

Well, we can’t say that the Museum has not originality or unique and rare objects!!

For having more information, please visit the website To have more information about Florence or Pisa, you will find everything you need on the online tourist guide and

Opening Hours:
All days from 09.30 am to 06.00 pm
On Tuesdays 09.30 am to 01.00 pm

Tickets: € 8

Museo Galileo, Piazza dei Giudici 1
50122 Florence
Tel. 055.265311

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