Museo Galileo

Enter your dates to find available activities

Museo Galileo: Our most recommended tours and activities

Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

1. Florence: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 24, 48 or 72-Hour Ticket

Experience Florence from an open-top double-decker tour bus. Hop on and off where you please or relax on board with insightful multilingual audio commentary. Enjoy 2 lines and choose from 24, 48, or 72-hour tickets. Explore this Renaissance city built on the banks of the river Arno. Feel the sunshine on your face on the open-top bus and admire the views of the Arno, Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Romana, and more. Line A This line goes through Florence city center and the entire route lasts approximately 1 hour. Stop 10 Santa Maria Novella Train Station (in front of the luggage storage) Stop 11 Libertà Stop 12 Donatello Stop 13 Beccaria Stop 14 Santa Croce Stop 15 Teatro Verdi Stop 1 Ferrucci Stop 2 Michelangelo Stop 3 Galileo Stop 4 Villa Cora Stop 5 Porta Romana Stop 6 Piazza Tasso Stop 7 Porta San Frediano Stop 8 Rotonda Barbetti Stop 9 Piazza Indipendenza Line B (currently suspended) Line B focuses on Florence and Fiesole. The bus includes stops at Fiesole, a famous Etruscan hillside city with breathtaking views of Florence. The entire route takes 2 hours. Stop 1 Michelangelo Stop 2 Ferrucci Stop 3 Demidoff Stop 4 Grazie Stop 5 Zecca Vecchia Stop 6 Lungo l'Affrico Stop 7 Righi (ostello) Stop 8 San Domenico Stop 9 Regresso Stop 10 Fiesole Stop 11 Regresso Stop 12 San Domenico Stop 13 Righi (ostello) Stop 14 Stadio Stop 15 Matteotti Stop 16 Libertà Stop 17 La Pira Stop 18 Leopolda Stop 19 Piazzale delle Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 20 Shelly Cascine (suspended in winter) Stop 21 Vittorio Veneto Stop 22 Curtatone Stop 23 Soderini Stop 24 Tasso Stop 25 Porta Romana Stop 26 Machiavelli Stop 27 Galileo

Florence: Museo Galileo Entry Ticket

2. Florence: Museo Galileo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Museo Galileo in Florence to experience one of the world's major collections of scientific instruments, a testament of the importance that the Medici and Lorraine Grand Dukes attached to scientific and artistic research. To get started, simply show your confirmation voucher at the museum the day of your visit. Come prepared to immediately start exploring the extraordinary figure of Galileo Galilei and the museum’s collections. Across its 18 thematic rooms, admire the scientific instruments from the Medici Collections which were first displayed in the Stanzino delle Matematiche (Mathematics Room) in the Uffizi Gallery. Visit the 11 rooms located on the first floor that are dedicated to the Medici Collections: quadrants, astrolabes, meridians, dials, compasses, armillary spheres, and real works of art made by famous Tuscan and European artists. Marvel at the museum’s exhibits of Galileo’s original instruments, including thermometers, microscopes, and meteorological instruments. Head to the second floor, with its 10 rooms and displays of beautiful instruments, mostly belonging to the Lorraine family, used for mechanical, electrostatic, and pneumatic applications. Other sections are dedicated to mechanical clocks, sextants, octans, pharmaceutical and chemical apparatus, weights, and measures.

Florence: Rafting Trip on the River Arno

3. Florence: Rafting Trip on the River Arno

Who said that art cities are boring? With our one-of-a-kind tour, you can experience the incredible artistic heritage of Florence in an active and, above all, adventurous way, from start to finish! On board of our rafting boats, guided by qualified personnel and in complete safety. The tour will start from the eastern end of the city stretch of the Arno river immediately with a strong emotion: the small waterfall of Pescaia di San Niccolò (river level permitting). The journey on the Arno will then continue westwards through the historic center: visiting the city from another point of view, fluvial and silent, compared to the crowding and confusion of the city streets, is a unique experience that everyone can try: from a couple of young friends, to families, to seniors; whether you want to paddle or let yourself be lulled by the current of the Arno, the view of the palaces and churches that overlook the Arno, as well as that of the bridges that we will meet, is remarkable: from the Museum dedicated to Galileo Galilei, to the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio to S. Trinita, and then Palazzo Spini Feroni, Palazzo Corsini, the Church of S. Frediano in Cestello and much more...

Florence: Museo Galileo Small Group Tour

4. Florence: Museo Galileo Small Group Tour

The Museo Galileo is one of the foremost international institutions dedicated to the history of science, combining a museum of scientific instruments and an institute dedicated to the research, documentation and dissemination of the history of science in the broadest sense. Join this 90-minute small group tour along with an official guide who will reveal all the secrets if this museum to you. Get to know some original scientific tools made by Galileo himself, such as the telescopes and lenses he used to discover Jupiter's moons. Once your guided tour is finished, you have the choice to remain in the museum as long as you like.

Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

5. Livorno Port, Pisa, Florence: Full-Day Shore Excursion

Begin your excursion with a 30-minute drive to Pisa, stopping first at the Miracles Field, where you’ll see the famed Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with the Duomo and Baptistry. You’ll have time to take photos here and shop for souvenirs.  Florence is a 1-hour drive away, and on arrival you’ll stop at Michelangelo Square for breathtaking views of the major sights of Florence. Your driver will also stop at Santa Croce Church, known best for the tombs of Italian notables such as Michelangelo and Galileo. In the heart of Florence, Repubblica Square, is where you'll experience the major attractions of the city, such as the Duomo, the Porcellino Market and the Old Bridge. After lunch and shopping, depart around 4:00 PM for the drive back to Livorno and your ship. If you’d like to try some of Italy’s best gelato, your driver will make a stop along the way.

Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour

6. Galileo Galilei Private Science Tour

The tour starts in Piazza della Signoria and continues to the Science Museum or the Galileo Museum, dedicated to the famous scientist. The Museo Galileo is full of scientific tools of great importance. Admire the two famous telescopes, and the finger of the great physicist, which is perfectly preserved. Then continue to the Observatory Museum and the Natural History Museum, in a beautiful antique palace with a Forum dedicated to the genius scientist. Here we will find the captivating marble statue of Galileo. The museum is named after the word observatory that once meant the Torrino astronomical, where the stars were studied and which is still available to visit by appointment. You'll end by going to the Basilica of Santa Croce, otherwise known as the "Pantheon of Italian Glories" for the tombs of the most famous Italians, among whom is the monumental tomb of Galileo Galilei.

Florence: self guided audio tour

7. Florence: self guided audio tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Florence, its fashionable shopping streets and its quirky, breathtaking, hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide. This state-of-the-art, self-guided sightseeing app uniquely combines public transportation and walking tours with high-quality audio narration available in 6 languages, rich visuals, helpful text, and offline navigable mapping to transform your smartphone into an intelligent assistant and reliable travel companion. Experience the city at your own pace, while discovering more than any guide could ever tell you. Thanks to local storytellers, you can enjoy over 80 points of interest in the city, plus seek out the best photo-spots and free Wi-Fi areas. Highlights include: - Florence's Cathedral - Uffizi Gallery - Accademia Gallery - HolyCross Basilica (SantaCroce) - HolyCross Square - Ponte Vecchio - Galileo Galilei's House - Santa Maria Maggiore - Gate of St Nicholas - Cappella Pazzi - Fish's Lodge - The Great Synagogue - Piazzale Michelangelo - Medici Chapel - Boboli's Garden

Florence: Private Astronomical Tour of the Museo Galileo

8. Florence: Private Astronomical Tour of the Museo Galileo

The Galileo Galilei Museum in Florence is the house of the Florentine mathematician and philosopher. Inside the museum, you can admire one of the richest scientific collections in the world, begun by Cosimo I de' Medici during the 16th century and continued by many of his successors, especially in 1657 when the scientific Academy of Assay was founded. Subsequently, this precious collection was also carried on by the Grand Duke Leopoldo from the family of Lorena. During the tour, you will learn all about the history of the mathematician and philosopher Galileo Galilei, who during the reign of Cosimo II de' Medici, exercised his functions at the court of the Grand Dukes of Florence. Inside the museum, there are numerous interesting objects, including the original telescope invented by Galileo and used for his astronomical and scientific studies. You will discover how time, space, and temperature were measured in those years, admiring antique clocks, globes maps, thermometers, and the original Nocturnal by Girolamo della Volpaia from 1568. Among the collection, it's also possible to see the original Santucci's Armillary Sphere from 1593. You will learn about optics and electrostatics and you will have fun discovering the games of the past, fun and interesting for both adults and children.

Florence: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Scooter

9. Florence: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Scooter

Discover Florence while riding on an electric scooter and leave a minimal environmental impact. The scooter is comfortable and easy to drive and your sightseeing tour starts with a short lesson on handling the scooter.  During your tour visit the most important places in Florence such as the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Duomo Square, Dante's Tower, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Piazza Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Fiore, Giotto's Bell Tower, Via Tornabuoni, the Strow Market with the Porcellino, Piazza Della Repubblica, Palazzo Medici, Piazza Santa Croce, and much more. As you scoot through the city follow your guide and listen to them as they tell you about the history and interesting stories about the city.

Other Sightseeing Options in Museo Galileo

Want to discover all there is to do in Museo Galileo? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Museo Galileo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Museum was not very busy as far as lines. Enjoyed this science museum with my granddaughter who wanted to see this one as priority. Interesting artifacts from as far back to 2nd century. Very interesting first telescopes, thermometers, and electrical demonstration instrument.

Very interesting! My husband is more into these than I am and I had a hard time understanding what most things were, but it's pretty neat how far along things have come in science. Could have bought there as there was no line, but always good to be safe.

I learned the amazing history of Florence the birthplace of the Renaissance. I was blown away by the art in the museums. The guide explanations were very helpful

Nice staff. Amazing drivers. Friendly. Earbuds provided. Audio great. Many languages. Fun and interesting information.

As it turned out there were no queues but other attractions did so they would have been worth booking in advance..