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The Science and Technology Foundation, Florence

Discover a rich collection of scientific instruments and naturalistic finds

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The Foundation was created in 1987 by the Tuscan Region and the Province and Municipality of Florence with technical support from the Istituto and Museo di Storia della Scienza (the History of Science Museum and Intitute). The aim of the Foundation is to promote scientific, technical and industrial culture, beginning by recuperating the nineteenth century scientific items from the Istituto Tecnico Toscano (the Tuscan Technical Institute). The Foundation’s goal is to make people aware of the extremely high value of this collection of scientific items, most of which were shut up inside the Istituto Tecnico Toscano for over a century.

The collection, which is one of a kind in Italy, includes 50,000 items ranging from naturalistic finds, scientific instruments, machines, industrial products and many books. The Foundation wants to make the most of this immense collection and use it to create an interest in the culture of contemporary science. One idea is to layout a science lab full of historical equipment alongside a modern lab with the most up-to-date tools available to be able to compare and contrast past and present.

The Foundation’s work revolves around the following 7 areas:
1 The Physics and Mathematics Centre
2 The Technological Museum and the Natural History Centre
3 The New Planetarium in Florence
4 The Public Library for Science and Technology
5 IT services
6 Study and research initiatives
7 Temporary exhibitions

Most of the collections trace their origins to the Technological Museum and the Tuscan Technical Institute, which until 1891 was itself housed in the space now occupied by the Foundation. The first collections were brought together by Filippo Corridi for the Universal Exhibition in London in 1851 and then in Paris in 1855. Some tools from the Scuola di Arti e Mestieri (the Arts and Crafts School) in Florence were also added to these collections, as well as other items that were added throughout the years.

The Gabinetto di Storia Naturale (the Natural History Centre) was created in 1888. By 1900, the topographical section already contained a nucleus of ancient instruments. The collections of the Centre and the Laboratorio di Chimica (the Chemistry Laboratory) at first came from the Arts and Crafts School. Others from the Scuola di Agraria delle Cascine (the Cascine Agricultural School) were added later on. Further items were brought by the Provincial Administration. Teaching tools were donated by Officine Galileo (the Galileo Workshop) and many items were also given by the Physics Department of the University of Florence.

Opening Hours
(Planetario) Planetarium: Monday – Friday 9.30am – 11.30am and 2pm – 3.30pm, Thursday until 9pm, Sunday 3.30pm – 5pm
(Gabinetto di Fisica) Physics Centre: Monday – Friday 10.30am – 11.30am, Sunday 4pm. By appointment only

Entry Fee
€4,50 for school groups
Physics Centre €5,50

Disabled Access

Contact Information
via Giusti 27
Telephone 055242241; 055-2341157; 055-242654
E-mail info@fstfirenze.it

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