Physics Cabinet of the Museum for Science and Technology Florence (FirST)

The largest and most comprehensive collection of Italian 19th century equipment for the study and teaching of physics
Physics Cabinet of the Museum for Science and Technology Florence (FirST)
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The Physics Cabinet of the Science and Technology Foundation of Florence preserves the largest and most comprehensive collection of Italian 19th century equipment for the study and teaching of physics. From the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, the collection was significantly enriched, making this a one-of-a-kind museum experience.



FirST Museum - Firenze Scienza e Tecnica, via Giusti 29 - 50121 Firenze



Opening Hours:
September 16 to June 14:

> Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10:30am to 2:30pm

> Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm

June 15 to September 15:

> Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am to 1:00pm

Reservations must be made with a minimum of 1-day notice.

Reservations are limited to 30 persons maximum.


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For cancellations once a confirmation code has been assigned to the reservation, and for no shows, we can refund cost of unused tickets minus service fee (reservation fee and online booking fee).


How to reach FirST Florence:
By car

The Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica is located in a traffic-limited zone. It is best, therefore, to park your car (in a paid parking lot) either on Viale Matteotti or in Piazzale Donatello.

By bus

Buses 8, 80, and 33 travel the zone of the “Viali” [boulevards]. From the central train station of Santa Maria Novella you can catch bus 31, 32, or 6. Get off at the Via della Colonna stop. Various ATAF buses stop in Piazza San Marco: lines 6,7,10,11,17, 20, 25, 31, 32, 33, and the “C” electronic bus.


The Physics Cabinet was the brainchild of Filippo Corridi, the first director of the Istituto Tecnico Toscano - the Tuscan Institute for Technology - who equipped it with a substantial collection of instruments to back up a highly ambitious teaching program “to promote the study of the applied sciences and the progress of the useful industries of the arts and of manufacturing.”

Later, thanks to the efforts of Silvestro Gherardi, the physicist and science historian appointed by the government to direct the institute during the period when Florence was capital of Italy (late 1860s), the collection grew even larger, and ‘The Physics Cabinet’ became the city’s primary center of excellence for studies and research in physics, a role it continued to perform until the first few decades of the 20th century.

The collection has survived virtually intact through to the present day, even though it has suffered considerable neglect. Following intense efforts to identify, restore, and catalog the instruments, the entire collection has now been reordered in a manner not dissimilar to how a visitor would have seen it at the beginning of the 20th century. ‘The Physics Cabinet’s collection of 19th-century scientific instruments, remarkable for its consistency and completeness, is without a doubt the most important collection of its kind in Italy and one of the fullest in Europe. The devices illustrated in 19th-century physics books can be found, with few exceptions, here’. They were produced by leading French, German, and English manufacturers, though some were also made in the workshop adjoining the Cabinet. Besides the host of teaching instruments, there are other more complex and sophisticated ones that were used in various branches of research.

‘The Physics Cabinet’ today is a rare and amazing “time machine” - it offers a myriad of discoveries and a goldmine of information for scholars of the history of science and technique and is a real source of interest and marvel for visitors.


Ticket categories:
> Full Price Tickets

> Reduced Price Tickets: children from 11 to 17 years of age

> Free admission: children under 11 years of age



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The store has become a window into the Dr. Vranjes universe, in which customers from all over the world recognize themselves.


Every client presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be given
- a complimentary scented bookmark, regardless of purchase
- a free Dr. Vranjes Shea Lip-balm for a purchase minimum of € 30.00
- a free fragrance spray 25 ml for a purchase minimum of € 100.00

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Via della Spada 9r - Firenze
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Borgo la Croce 44r - Firenze
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Dante Cardini

Since 1888, Dante Cardini is one of the landmark jewelers on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. You will find brands such as CHIMENTO jewelry, Roberto Poggiali and BARAKA, with contemporary design, as well as the exclusive DANTE CARDINI creations for the more traditional taste.

Owners Massimo and Elisabetta will welcome you in the elegant but informal atmosphere of the store, and guide you in a unique and unforgettable experience for a visit to the terraces from which you will enjoy the beautiful view over the Arno River and the city of Florence.

Clients presenting a WEEKEND in ITALY voucher will be offered a 10% discount on their purchase.


Gioielleria Cardini - Ponte Vecchio 34/R - Florence

Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri

Founded in 1860, Fratelli Peruzzi Argentieri is one of the oldest companies in the silversmithing industry of Florence.
Gianna and her sister-in-law Laura are the fourth generation of a family of silversmiths to carry on the tradition that Giuseppe Peruzzi started over 150 years ago.

Dedicated to craftsmanship, we’ll take any request and fulfill the client’s wishes. In addition to being engaged in the research and trade of silver and gold, we proudly display the prestigious brand identification “FI 114,“ among the oldest in Florence.

The production of those items that created the renown of Fratelli Peruzzi over the course of all these years passionately continues in our workshop behind the boutique.

A dream that continues into reality.

Hard Rock Café

Present your voucher and receive a complimentary Hard Rock Cafe gift.

Valid with Euro 25 purchase in the Cafe or Rock Shop. Valid till 30th of Dec. 2015. Not valid with other offers.

One per person per visit. Valid only at Florence location


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