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Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)
Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)

Galileo Museum (Museo Galileo)

Free admission
Piazza dei Giudici, 1, Florence, 50122

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.

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Skip the Line: Galileo Museum Ticket
Skip the Line: Galileo Museum Ticket
$19.17 per adult
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See the mind of a Genius
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.
Jeff R, Oct 2019

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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