A large part of the instruments housed in the Museo Galileo come from the vast collection of naturalistic specimens and scientific instruments which was on display in the Royal Museum of physics and natural history of Florence.
Some years ago, throughout the cataloguing of the nearly 250 series of the Archive of the Royal Museum (ARMU, 1780-1879), it was possible to find out several documents where instruments and machines exhibited in the Museo Galileo or kept in depository are mentioned.
The result of that precious work is now available in the Museo Galileo’s cumulative database. A special link makes it possible to view the instrument description as well as the list of the related documents, which often provide important information on the history and use of that item.
The instruments which are linked to one or more ARMU documents are about 200.