• Event

Galileo’s birthday

Dialogue between Galileo Galilei and Miguel de Cervantes

Sunday, February 19, 2017


Museo Galileo celebrates the 453rd anniversary of the scientist after whom it is named.
On February 19, at 4.00 pm, an impossible (but realistic) dialogue between Galileo and Cervantes will take place, and excerpts from the works of both authors will be read.
The event is the outcome of the imagination, but also the expertise of three enthusiasts who, having got to know about the presence of a copy of Don Quixote in the private library of Galileo, have decided to put him in direct confrontation with Cervantes.

Characters and performers:
The Reader: Mara Miniati
Galileo: Riccardo Pratesi
Cervantes: Antonello La Vergata

The event will be held in Italian and is recommended for adults and children over 12 years. Reservations required at https://dialogogalileocervantes.eventbrite.it

The show is followed – at 5.00 pm – by a "Galilaean happy hour", which is prepared after the scientist's works and the letters of his daughter, Sister Maria Celeste.

Characters in magnificent epoch costumes will enliven the museum's halls, in collaboration with the association Alla corte de' Medici.

The participation is free of charge and included in the admission ticket to the museum.

On that occasion the Museo Galileo will be exceptionally open until 7.00 pm.

Info at +39 055 265311,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


On the same day, La Specola museum, Zoological section of the Natural History Museum (via Romana 17), will also celebrate the scientist with guided visits to the Torrino and the exhibition Astronomia e Fisica a Firenze. Dalla Specola ad Arcetri. The visits will take place in Italian at 11.00 am, at 12.30 pm and at 3.00 pm.
The participation is free of charge and included in the admission ticket to the museum.

Info at 055 2756444; www.msn.unifi.it.


Thanks to the special promotion between Museo Galileo and La Specola museum visitors who buy a full ticket in one of the two museums can access the other with a reduced fee.