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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The Age of Galileo: The Golden Century of Tuscan Science


The extraordinary scientific progress in 17th-century Florence and Tuscany: Galileo’s celestial discoveries, Torricelli’s invention of the barometer, and the experimentation activities of the Accademia del Cimento.

Measuring Man: Instruments, Theories and Practice of Anthropometry and Experimental Psychology between the 19th and 20th Centuries


The exhibition illustrates a crucial stage of anthropology and experimental psychology, which was distinguished by the belief that physiological and psychological data could be exactly measured.

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Glasses to See: Art, Science and Customs through the Evolution of Glasses


Over a hundred ancient spectacles from the Carl Zeiss Foundation in Jena illustrate the main stages of technical and aesthetic evolution of this optical instrument from the 16th to 19th century.

From the Scribe Harpsichord to Electronic Typewriters: More than a Century of Typewriting


The history of mechanical writing apparatus from the “scribe harpsichord,” that Giuseppe Ravizza patented in 1855, to the latest electromechanical and electronic typewriters.

Leopoldo Nobili’s Scientific Heritage: Theoretical Debate and the Role of Instruments in Early 19th-Century Physics


The exhibition features the scientific instruments designed and made by Nobili, which were of paramount importance in 19th-century physics and electromagnetism.


The exhibition pivots on Salvador Dalì’s aesthetic reflection on the Platonic solids associated with the four elements. Also on display are gold pieces coined by the Spanish artist to recall Sun King’s “Louis d’Or.”

The City of the Uffizi


An exhibition highlighting the extraordinary variety and abundance of the collections of Florence museums.

Astrology, Magic and Alchemy in Florentine and European Renaissance


A survey of 16th-century occult sciences which highlights the main role of Florence and the Medicean Court in Tuscany and throughout Europe.

The Renaissance of Science


Sixteenth-century scientific culture in Tuscany and its relationship with contemporary Italian and European perspective: Medici’s scientific patronage, the flourishing of naturalistic studies, the rediscovery of Greek classics.