MUSEUM – PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Should I book the entrance in advance?
For individual visitors it is not necessary. Reservation is mandatory for groups and school groups of minimum 15 people, and for those who wish to participate in one of our guided visits or workshops.

How long should I plan for my visit to the Museum?
An average visit lasts about 1-2 hours.

Which is the best period to visit the museum?
In March and April the halls are crowded with school groups, while in the summer months we have a large number of tourists visiting our collections. For a more comfortable experience, we suggest you to plan your visit in Autumn or Winter (National Holidays excluded).

Is the museum suitable for children?
The Museo Galileo is a museum of the history of science and not a science center. It focuses on the history of science and the historical approach to the collections is the dominant one. We suggest families with children to book one of our guided visits or educational workshops, which can be tailored to any age. More info at Museum activities for the general public.
If you visit the museum by yourself, children under 7-8 might find it difficult to understand.

Does the museum offer guided tours?
Yes, of course! You can find educational programs for schools at Museum activities for schools, while you can have an overview of the events we offer to young people, adults, families with children and special publics at Museum activities for the general public.

Does the Museum offer birthday parties?
We are sorry, but at the moment we do not have rooms available for birthday parties.

What resources are available to help me plan my visit to the Museum?
The Museo Galileo web site has plenty of contents, in-depth information and tools to prepare the visit. You can browse the Permanent Exhibition, or download the mini-guides, available in several languages. Moreover, we remind you of the Museo Galileo App, which is available for smartphone and tablet for free.
To teachers: we recommend the online didactics pages of our website.

Which is the nearest car park?
The Museo Galileo is located in the Restricted Traffic Area (ZTL-Zona a Traffico Limitato, in Italian), Sector A, whose access is controlled by Electronic Access Points. The nearest car park is Parcheggio Sant’Ambrogio (Piazza Annigoni, 9). A real-time monitoring on the availability of parking slots is to be found through the Firenze Parcheggi web site.

Is there a lunch area inside the museum?
No, in the museum there is no café nor lunch area, but the ticket is valid all day long and in the nearby area you’ll find many restaurants and bars.

How can I be updated with the latest museum news?
You only need to send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. writing SIGN ME IN in the object line and we will be pleased to include you in our mailing list. The Museo Galileo is a Research Institute and so you’ll receive not only information about museum’s events, but also about research projects, exhibitions, conferences,book launches and much more. You will be able to cancel your subscription at any time. The Museo Galileo is also on Facebook and Twitter.

MUSEO - TICKETING

Can I buy tickets on line?
The Museo Galileo does not sell its tickets through the web, nor has it any official website to suggest. Please note that there is usually no more than 5 minute wait at our ticket office, so the (high) extra service fee you could be charged for when buying on line is not worthwhile for our museum. 

Can I purchase admission tickets for a different day?
No, the Museo Galileo’s ticket is valid only on the day of issue.

Are there discounted fees?
Of course! Find out our fees, promotions and free admissions at Information

Is it possible to buy gift tickets to the museum?
It is not possible, at the moment, to buy tickets in advance. We are working on making it possible in the near future.

Is the museum free every first Sunday of the month?
The “Domenica al Museo” is promoted by state-owned Museums, while the “Domenica metropolitana” applies to Florentine Civic Museums. The Museo Galileo is a private institution, so it does not adhere to those initiatives.
Find out which special promotions are currently available at Information.