Temporary exhibitions

Celestial splendors. Observing the Sky from Galileo to Gravitational Waves
The City of the Sun
Italian Hours. Historical Clocks from the Del Vecchio Collection
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column
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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.

The Starry Messenger and the Polar Star: Scientific Relations between Italy and Sweden from 1500 to 1800


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

Renaissance Engineers: From Brunelleschi to Leonardo da Vinci


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

Alter Ego: Drugs and the Brain


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

Lorenzo della Volpaia's Planetary Clock


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

Science or Magic? If I Can Understand It, It's Science - If I Can't, It's Magic


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

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.