The Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica, while known for its famous Planetarium in the centre of Florence, is also home to two priceless scientific collections that are worth a visit, touching upon physics and natural history.
The physics section conserves more than 2,000 instruments that attest to the intense research that took place in the 1800s. There are prototypes of telephones, gears, telescopes, rotating mirrors and vials, and visitors can discover and learn all about the phenomena of mechanics, electromagnetics, optics and acoustics that are under the umbrella of physics. There are plenty of activities offered by the museum for schools and families to help them learn about the subject in an easy way. The mysteries of light, sounds and electricity will be revealed.
Lovers of zoology and geology can instead find their favourite things amongst the nearly 50,000 objects in the natural history section. The priceless zoology collection is distinguished for the presence of sea animals and fossils, but visitors can also see several minerals and a large herbarium.
The gem of the Fondazione is the planetarium, which has continued to improve over time and is now a modern and sophisticated space that offers an unforgettable experience. This space allows visitors to go on a journey through the universe from their seats, exploring constellations, planets and black holes. The planetarium also promotes knowledge through thematic lectures, like conferences about the sun, in-depth discussions about mythology and unique concerts.