Temporary exhibitions

Women of the Sky: From Muses to Scientists
Celestial splendors. Observing the Sky from Galileo to Gravitational Waves
Trajan Column: The Narration of a Symbol
The City of the Sun
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Frontiers of Astronomy: The ESO Exhibition


This exhibition produced by the European Southern Observatory at La Silla, Chile, introduces visitors to the marvels of the universe.

Beyond the Compasses: The Geometry of Curves


Simple and complex curves, their mathematical properties, and their application to science and technology as well as to everyday life.

The Accademia dei Lincei and 17th-Century European Culture


The history of the Accademia dei Lincei from its foundation in 1603 on the initiative of Prince Federico Cesi until its re-formation in 1946.

Before Leonardo: Culture of Machines in Renaissance Siena


The extraordinary achievements of Sienese artist/engineers who gave rise to technological research of great originality in the 15th century.

The Temptation of Handicraft. Italian Handicrafts through History


The multifaceted world of handicraft from historical roots to its role in contemporary economy and culture.

The Mill of Thought: From the Art of Memory to Neuroscience


The transition from a philosophical analysis of brain functions to an anatomical physiological approach, up to the exciting developments of current research on the nervous system.

Restoring Scientific Instruments


This exhibition aims to promote recovery, cataloguing and restoration of scientific instruments since scientific evidence of great historical importance has been lost in the past due to the lack of this sort of care.

Contemporary Botanical Drawing in Italy


Organised to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Italian Botanical Society, the exhibition highlights the importance of botanical drawings as an aid to the scientific study of plants.

The World at Home: The First Forty Years of the Radio


Over 350 radio apparatus illustrate the early years of radio technology from 1895 until the 1930s.