These collections, which were formed during the 19th century and were conserved over the course of two centuries by the Istituto Tecnico Toscano, represent the realisation of an ambitious project that, starting from Galileo’s experimental lesson, succeeded in setting up in Florence, towards the end of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the first important Italian polytechnic institute for science and technology equipped with important scientific and instrumental collections, to the point of constituting a unique case in Italy and, as such, recognised in Europe: the
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After being forgotten for several decades, the collections were rediscovered in the 1970s, thanks to the growing interest in museology. From then on, a long and patient work of recognition, restoration, cataloguing, and safeguarding has been undertaken and is still under way, aimed at guaranteeing their adequate preservation and enhancement.
The quality, quantity and variety of these items represent a unique and valuable patrimony in the field of the history of science, technology, and technical scientific teaching.
The collections consist of two fundamental nucleuses, coming from the
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of the Istituto Tecnico Toscano.