3 museums that children will love
Among the many museums to explore in Florence, you’ll find a few specifically designed for the youngest of visitors. Want to learn more?
Florence and its surrounding territory are filled to the brim with museums, including some specially fit for children. Here, even adults get in touch with their youthful side, as the museums feature marvelous, otherworldly objects displayed in historic and mysterious spaces.
Three in particular will get your kids excited: the Stibbert Museum, the Galileo Museum and La Specola. They’re all very different museums that tell different kinds of stories, but entry to all of them is included for Firenze Card holders.
Crossing the threshold of the Stibbert Museum means journeying to a foreign and fantastical world: it’ll seem like taking a train for Hogwarts from platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station… though this museum doesn’t vaunt British origins.
Once inside, you’ll find a world composed of centuries-old objects and characters, treasures that will appear to come to life before your eyes. The museum, Frederick Stibbert’s old villa, is a sequence of rooms displaying the many objects amassed by the art collector throughout his life, including an extraordinary collection of weapons and armor.
And the “Stanza della cavalcata” is a sight to see: life-size knights on horseback parade around the room dressed in heavy armor – figures that appear ready for the attack at any given moment.
Via Federico Stibbert, 26, Florence – can be visited using Firenzecard.
Who hasn’t peeked through a telescope to gaze at the stars?
At the Galileo Museum, these age-old instruments used for measuring the night sky are the stars of the show, including Galileo Galilei’s own collection of telescopes. Throughout the museum, you’ll find a fascinating selection of scientific instruments from different time periods.
These diverse features make the space a real science museum, a place that exudes knowledge. The museum pays homage to the Tuscan physicist whose discoveries revolutionized astronomy and manages to excite and amuse its every visitor. The museum path vaunts an educational set up – perfect for children – and is equipped with multimedia stations that make the visit both engaging and interactive.
Piazza dei Giudici, 1, Florence – can be visited using Firenzecard.
Natural History Museum – La Specola
Walking through the display cases of La Specola means journeying to discover the immensity of the animal kingdom and the fascinating nature of human anatomy.
The museum is one of Europe’s oldest scientific museums and is broken down into two fundamental sections: the zoological portion, which holds an extraordinary collection of preserved animals, primarily through taxidermy, and the anatomical section, with a collection of 18th century waxworks unrivaled anywhere in the world.
The Zoological Collection is a voyage through the evolution of the species, from invertebrates to large mammals, and moving through reptiles, fish and birds, too, of both the common and exotic varieties. On the ground floor there is a Skeleton Room, which you can visit with an advance booking.
In the Anatomical Waxworks section you’ll be struck by the precision with which these human bodies were produced. This extraordinary work was carried out by the Officina ceroplastica fiorentina (Florentine ceroplastics workshop) at the behest of Grand Duke Leopold in the 18th century.
Remember that these rooms are only accessible via guided visits.
Via Romana, 17, Firenze – can be visited using Firenze Card.