Museo Galileo, Florence, Italy
The Museo Galileo, formerly Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (Institute and Museum of the History of Science), houses one of the world’s greatest collections of historial scientific instruments, including Galileo Galilei’s artifacts. The museum is located inside a historical 11th century building, which was once known as the Castello d’Altafronte.
It was reopened in 2010, after a major twoyear restoration. Part of the museum’s permanent collection includes Santucci’s Armillary Sphere (pictured), which stands more than three metres in height and was completed in 1593. The Sphere is an elaborate model of the world, with wooden carvings covered in fine gold leaf and a blue globe in its center. If you ever swing by Florence, you’ll know where to go to pay homage to scientific history.
PICTURE MUSEO GALILEO.