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Museum of planetary sciences

Planetary science museum is property of Prato province and it has been run by Research Prato Foundation, which included Tuscan geophysical institute, University of Florence e Prato province, until 31 December 2016. Since 1 January 2017 Research Prato Foundation was incorporated into the Natural Science Center Foundation today called ParSec Foundation- Science and Culture Park. The museum is inside the ex structure of firemen barracks,a big space completely restructured that hosts the detached location of ParSec Foundation and Seismological observatory of Geophisycs Tuscan Institute. The centre was inaugurated on 19 March 2005 and it is the first Planetary Science in Italy.

The internal architecture is structured in such a way as to recreate a continuous course starting with the birth of the Universe and the Solar System, passing through the meteorites and leading up to the Earth, represented by the minerals.
This is achieved with a curved exhibition wall. At the beginning there is a portion of the Milky Way represented by fiber optic bundles and a model of the Solar System where the planets are reproduced in dimensions proportional to their actual size. Continuing, we find large display cases and convex glass, containing shelves with both samples and large descriptive panels of the different types of objects on display: meteorites (Chondrite and differentiated), dioramas of both hot and cold deserts, impact rocks and minerals. 

An important feature of the museum consist of numerous multimedia stations with films, images, pictures and texts dealing with the themes found in the exhibition.
In the “quadrisphere” we can watch a multiple-screen show narrating the events that begin with the formation of the Universe and the Solar System and end with the origin of life on our planet, achieved with the use of a complex system of mirrors evoking fascinating sounds and images.

The museum has an important and rich collection of minerals and meteorites (containing about 5.300 samples). The most important sample is the metallic meteorite weighing 272 kg (Natan), which is the largest meteorite existing in Italy. Among the minerals we find one of the museum highlights, a sample of Brasilianite considered by many experts the most beautiful in the world.

Museo di Scienze Planetarie (interno)
Room of the museum of Planetary Sciences
Museo di Scienze Planetarie (ingresso)
Entrance of the museum of Planetary Sciences

Addresses and contacts

Via Galcianese
, 20/H
- 59100
Sito web dettaglio orario
Phone: 0574 447777 (Museum) Tel. 0574 44771 (Telephone exchange)
Fax: 0574 447725
Opening time From September to May:
From Tuesday to Saturday 9.00 - 13.00 and 15.00 - 18.30;
Sunday 10.00 - 12.30 and 15.00 - 19.00.
Closing day: Monday
The ticket office closes 45 minutes before the indicated time.

Summer opening timeFrom June 15 to June 30
From Tuesday to Friday: 9.30 - 12.30; 16.00 - 18.30
Saturday and Sunday: 16.00 - 19.00
From Tuesday to Friday: 9.30 - 12.30
Saturday and Sunday: 16.00 - 19.00
August closed.
full: 5.00€
reduced tickets for students and over 65: 2.50€;
reduced tickets for families: parents 4.00€, children: 2.00€ ;
reduced tickets "grandparents and grandchildren": 1.50€ per person;
free entrance: children younger than 6 years old;
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