Temporary exhibitions

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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Theories of the Planets and Models of the Universe


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 Birth of Physiotherapy in Florence: The Gabbrielli Bacci Donation on Display


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

Homo Faber: Nature, Science and Technology in Ancient Pompeii


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.

Ancient Clocks of the Ruscitti Collection


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.

The Senses of the World: Experiences of the Senses of Men and Other Animals


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

Out of Catalogue: Newly Acquired and Restored Instruments


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


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