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Fishing in the mud
(Florence, 2016)

This exhibition documents the 1966 flood of Florence, focusing a spotlight on the dramatic effects suffered by the then Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza and highlighting the salvage work and subsequent restoration of its antique scientific instruments.

This exhibition features replicas of scientific instruments used by Museo Galileo’s staff to perform educational activities. Instruments from the historical collections of the Department of Applied Science and Technology at the Politecnico di Torino are also exhibited.

The exhibition presents the extraordinary achievements of current biorobotics research and shows the parallel paths of science and the collective imagination, from ancient mythology until today’s science fiction.

The exhibition looks over the role of Tuscan scientific institutions in the world expositions from 1851 to 1911.

This exhibition has been organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Officine Galileo. It aims at outlining the history of a company that had a strong impact on the Florentine social and economic milieu and played a leading role in the history of science and technology in Florence.

Discovering the images “hidden” within the anamorphic sculptures and the optical toys created by Stella Battaglia and Gianni Miglietta.

A striking journey through the history of astronomy from ancient cosmogonic myths up to the threshold of modern science.

The multi-millennial history of the grapevine and wine throughout the Mediterranean area – from the origins of viticulture in the Near East to large-scale wine production in the Roman world.

Magnificent 18th-century outfits, replicas of scientific instruments and antique books strikingly recreate Florence atmosphere during the Lorraine Age.

Florence and Science
(Florence, 2009)

A retrospective survey of the extraordinary period prior to the Unification of Italy, when Florence was one of the European capitals of scientific knowledge.

This is the second step of a project started in 2006 and aimed to preserve and improve the artistic historical heritage of the most ancient hospital in Florence.

A voyage through the history of astronomy, from ancient myths to modern science. A tribute to the bond between man and the universe in the year of Galilean Celebrations.

A historical journey through objects and books of rare beauty, which are material evidence of progress in science from the Renaissance to the dawn of the Risorgimento, when Florence and Tuscany were crucial centres of knowledge.

A different way of regarding Benozzo’s frescoes in the Chapel of the Magi for better understanding the relationship between painting, economy and technology in 15th-century Florence.

The exhibit highlights the marriage between art, science and political power, emphasising the prominent role that physical mathematical disciplines played in Tuscany during the 16th-17th centuries.

A brief history of Florentine astronomy in the 18th-19th centuries.

A virtual journey through the history of the telescope to understand the enormous impact the instrument had on science and society in the 17th century.

The typological evolution of the garden in the ancient world: from place of otium and leisure to place devoted to meditation, study and experimentation in the naturalist and technical spheres.

The Line of the Sun
(Florence, 2007)

An ideal itinerary through the city of Florence to visit its monumental gnomons. The census of Florentine sundials is available online.

Thanks to artworks, reconstructions and films, the exhibition explores the very mode of thinking of the "universal genius" and his unitary conception of knowledge as the effort to assimilate the laws governing the operations of man and nature.

An interactive exhibition running through the steps which led to the birth of contemporary physics.

A striking journey through the shapes of numbers covering the period from Euclid’s codification (3rd century BC) to the threshold of non-Euclidean geometry (19th century).

The centennial exhibition of the Nobel Prize (in Italian only).

A journey through the universe illustrating the various representations elaborated by astronomers and scientists between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Leonardo's "Automobile"
(Florence, 2004)

Digital reconstructions and working models of Leonardo da Vinci's self-propelled cart (in Italian only).

The making of glass objects and devices as a contribution to increasing the scientific and technological knowledge of antiquity and a basis for the “scientific” rediscovery of this material in the Renaissance.

Cycling through Time
(Florence, 2004)

The most important phases in the development of two-wheeled vehicles, emphasizing their political and symbolic meaning in the context in which they appeared.

A journey through the time of nature – from ultra-long periods since the Earth was formed and life evolved to ultra-short periods of chemical reactions.

Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman instruments are evidence of the long journey of mankind towards precise measurements of dimensions and time.

Surgical instruments and treatises illustrate the development of surgery from the second half of the 18th century until it was finally acknowledged as an independent discipline in the 19th century.

The crucial role of Tuscany for scientific research and technological innovation in agricultural sciences during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Medicean Skies
(Florence, 2002)

Galileo's celestial discoveries and the development of the telescope.

The Tuscan artist's contributions to the development of perspective in figurative arts (in Italian only).

The exhibition features the Medici and Lorraine collection of musical instruments housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia together with scientific apparatus.

A newly designed exhibition of the Accademia del Cimento’s glassware highlights the relationship of these splendid artefacts with scientific experiences made by the Academicians.

The history of the first scientific society in Europe (in Italian only).

The exhibition features four wonderful “theories of the planets,” that is armillary spheres showing the planetary motion usually housed at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence.

The discovery of the weight of air or the existence of the void.

Machines for physical therapy and rehabilitation made between the 19th and 20th centuries bear witness to the popularization of physiotherapy in Florence.

The extraordinary naturalistic, scientific and technical knowledge that had been accumulated in Pompeii and the Roman world at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.

The exhibition shows twenty-five precious clocks. Most of them are pocket watches made by prestigious European clockmakers between the late 16th and 19th centuries.

A striking voyage to discover the senses of animals and compare them with human sensory experience.

Significant instruments acquired by the Museo di Storia della Scienza in the latest years are displayed for the first time ever together with recently restored devices.

Velocipedes and Bicycles
(Florence, 1996)

The technological development of two-wheel vehicles – from early 18th-century foot-powered velocipedes to modern bicycles dating from the 1920s and 1930s.

The close relationship between Italian and Swedish scientists from the Renaissance onward.

The machines and technical devices designed by Leonardo da Vinci, Filippo Brunelleschi and the Sienese engineers in the Renaissance.

The exhibition gives scientifically correct answers to some crucial questions on drug addiction and drug action upon the central nervous system.

The working model of the planetary clock that Lorenzo della Volpaia designed in 1510, which has been faithfully recreated from his workshop notebooks.

A hands-on exhibition aiming to promote understanding of the scientific principles that regulate everyday life.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

The Dalì d'Or
(Florence, 1983)

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
(Florence, 1982)

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

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

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.