Saturday 3 December 2022 from 11.00 to 12.00, on the occasion of the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: In your time, Galileo Museum and Palazzo Strozzi Foundation they organize one special guided visit to explore the links between some of Olafur Eliasson’s works and the instruments conserved in the museum.
The Galileo Museum in Florence, in Piazza dei Giudici, reconstructs the history of scientific initiatives in Florence and Tuscany around the emblematic figure of Galileo, a history that highlights relevant connections with the most advanced research activities carried out at the time on an international scale. In fact, the Medicis and Lorraines offered protection and encouragement for centuries to highly talented scientists, protagonists of some of the most important theoretical and practical acquisitions of modern science.
The rooms dedicated to Galileo’s New World (heart of the Museum, where the only two surviving telescopes are exhibited, among the many built by Galileo; the objective lens of the telescope with which, in January 1610, the scientist observed Jupiter’s satellites for the first time; the geometric compass and military that he perfected in the Paduan years; examples of other instruments he designed) ea The light showsection of the hall The science show (in which numerous devices are presented which were used in the dark to fascinate the public of eighteenth-century drawing rooms by generating singular light phenomena: Isaac Newton’s famous prisms split white light into the colors of the rainbow; the magic ampoule reproduced the phenomenon of dawn borealis; tiny electric sparks created luminescent “snakes”).
This initiative is included in the program of appointments and activities of the Off-exhibition for Olafur Eliasson: In your time.
Free visit with museum entrance ticket.
Next scheduled visit: Saturday 14 January 2023.