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
Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius
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Beyond the Compasses: The Geometry of Curves

1993

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

The Accademia dei Lincei and 17th-Century European Culture

1991

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.

Before Leonardo: Culture of Machines in Renaissance Siena

1991

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

The Temptation of Handicraft. Italian Handicrafts through History

1990

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

The Mill of Thought: From the Art of Memory to Neuroscience

1989

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.

Restoring Scientific Instruments

1988

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.

Contemporary Botanical Drawing in Italy

1988

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.

The World at Home: The First Forty Years of the Radio

1987

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

The Age of Galileo: The Golden Century of Tuscan Science

1987

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.