The idea to open an Earth Sciences museum was launched in the late 1990s, when the province of Prato decided to develop the scientific culture of the area. In this sense, the museum’s main aim is didactic. It displays meteorites, pre-existing rocks and minerals in an interesting itinerary that showcases an array of things, from interplanetary materials to minerals from the Earth. Here visitors can learn more about the history of the solar system.
The most important part of the museum collection is composed of the Nardini collection, which was purchased by the city of Prato in 1999. The museum displays two collections: one of some 600 examples of meteorites, pre-existing rocks and tektites; and another of about 4500 examples of minerals. Very suggestive is the section of the museum building where film showings on the solar system and outer space occur.
September to May: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 6:30pm;
June to July: Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 4pm to 7pm; Wednesdays, from 9:30am to 12:30pm and 4pm to 11pm; Saturday and Sunday, from 4pm to 8pm;
August: Tuesday to Sunday, from 4pm to 8pm; closed on Monday.
Reduced: 2.50€ for youth 18 years and under, adults over 65 years and university students
Families: parents 4€, children 2€
Grandparents and grandchildren: 1,50 € each
Free for children 6 years and under
Disabled access: Yes