Il Giardino di Archimede

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Main entrance to Il Giardino di Archimede

Il giardino di Archimede (The garden of Archimede) is a math museum in Florence (Italy). It was opened in 2004.

Sections of the museum

The museum is divided into thematic exhibitions, which have normally existed previously as temporary installations. The different sections are physically in different rooms and they can be visited independently. For schools, groups can visit one or more of the sections and receive specific workshops on each exhibition topic.

The secions are the following:

Beyond the compass

About the geometry of curves.

A bridge over the Mediterranean

About Leonardo de Pisa (Fibonacci), the arab science, and the renaissance of Western mathematics. This exhibition consist only of wall panels, with the exception of some ancient books on display (notably the Liber Abaci from Fibonacci), and a mock-up of ancient Florence with marks on schools and academies where Liber Abaci was taught.

Pythagoras and his theorem

With several puzzles games and sculptures around pythagorean theorem.

Helping Nature. From Galileo's machines to everyday life

About basic machines such as levers, pulleys and leaning planes.


With the exception of "A bridge over the Mediterranean", all the museum is based on hands-on exhibits that visitors can touch and play with. All the exhibits are profusely explained in wall panels, and books with further information are available on the shop for each of the sections/exhibitions.