Temporary exhibitions

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The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius
Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
From Hell to the Empyrean. Dante's World between Science and Poetry
Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius
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Visit also Virtual exhibitions

Galileo: Images of the Universe from Antiquity to the Telescope
Website

2009

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.

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Scientific Instruments from Antique Florentine Collections

2009

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.

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Fabrics by Benozzo Gozzoli in the Cavalcade of the Magi

2008

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.

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The Medici and Science: Instruments and Machines in the Grand-Ducal Collections
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2008

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.

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Astronomy in Florence from the "Specola" to the Arcetri Observatory
Website

2008

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

Galileo's Telescope: The Instrument that Changed the World
Website

2008

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.

Ancient Gardens from Babylon to Rome
Website

2007

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.

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The Line of the Sun
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2007

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

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The Mind of Leonardo: The Universal Genius at Work
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2006

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.

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