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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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.

The Accademia dei Lincei and 17th-Century European Culture


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


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