06 September 2014

Cavorting with the Companion: Museo Galileo

Because my companion and I were getting sick of religious art (both of us are atheists, after all), we opted to do something different while we were in Florence. And that was to go to the Museo Galileo, a science museum that focuses on Galileo Galilei, while at the same time exhibiting various scientific artifacts that are relevant to the area. Aside from the children that visited who were typically noisy, we had a great time.



The exhibit begins with several rooms dedicated to instruments used to performing scientific measurements. These are very interesting, and some even had videos that explained what they did. People back then were very interested in measuring the universe, so they had telescopes and other gadgets to do that. And naturally, the people decided to record what they measured, in the form of maps and globes.



This reminds me of the time we visited Vienna and visited the Globe Museum. That museum had plenty more artifacts about globes, of course.



Of course, there are marble busts of important people. Unfortunately, I don't remember whether these are the busts of Galileo or not. What I do remember however is that this museum contains some remains of Galileo's body, I think, it was a finger.



The most favorite part of the museum, for me at least, is the section where they had exhibits of instruments that were used to perform physics experiments. There were devices showing the faster speed of trajectories and other concepts. And in the end of the tour, there was a hands-on room where there were replicas of these instruments and we were free to try them out ourselves.



Perhaps the most gruesome part of the exhibit is the section on gynecological models. Medicine back then was very crude compared to modern standards. And therefore the doctors used models like these to demonstrate possible things that could happen during a pregnancy and childbirth. It was very life-like, and I saw some visitors just skimming through and passing by very quickly because they didn't want to see it.

Overall, this was a very informative museum and we definitely thought that it was worth our time and money. It is a great alternative to the other museums in Florence which only focused on art which were for the most part, religious. Since we are not fans of that type of art, we opted to visit this museum instead, and we definitely had a great time.

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