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Galileo Galilei exhibition - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Galileo. Images of the universe from antiquity to the telescope

Florence, Palazzo Strozzi - 13 March-30 August 2009

During the celebrations dedicated to Galileo, Palazzo Strozzi hosts a major exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary human and intellectual adventure that led to the current conception of the universe. A fascinating journey through the cosmological ideas from antiquity to the ScientificRevolution, from the Assyrians to ancient Greece to the vital contribution of astronomy and Arab lands, from Ptolemy and Copernicus to Galileo and Kepler.

Curated by Paolo Galluzzi, director of the Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, the exhibition is sponsored by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, the Regione Tuscana, by the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze and Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi . The Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza is also responsible for the scientific direction.
The exhibition reconstructs the history of the Cosmos, as designed and shown extending the Scientific Revolution, in the context of social and cultural events that have characterized the Mediterranean and European civilization. An exciting journey that starts with the visions and mystical poetry prior to the Greeks, it enriches the complex architecture of Ptolemy, passing through the vital contribution of astronomy and Arab lands to the revolutionary theory of Copernicus shot from Galileo and Kepler, which contributed significantly the affirmation of the final new concept of the universe.

This fascinating history is illustrated dramatically from scientific instruments of exceptional beauty and ingenuity, celestial atlases, drawings, paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds and precious illuminated manuscripts from the most prestigious museums and libraries around the world. All this is explained and supported by extraordinary operating cosmological models made for the occasion. Multimedia applications and suggestive movies explore the key issues.

A special section is reserved for the original telescope of Galileo came up to us (preserved in the Museum of the History of Science in Florence).


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Exhibition hours
Daily 9 a.m - 8 p.m
Thursday 9 a.m - 11 p.m
Last admission to the exhibition 1 hour before closing

Full € 10,00
Reduced  € 8,50 € 8,00 € 7,50
Schools € 4,00

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