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 Temptation of Handicraft. Italian Handicrafts through History


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Measuring Man: Instruments, Theories and Practice of Anthropometry and Experimental Psychology between the 19th and 20th Centuries


The exhibition illustrates a crucial stage of anthropology and experimental psychology, which was distinguished by the belief that physiological and psychological data could be exactly measured.

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Glasses to See: Art, Science and Customs through the Evolution of Glasses


Over a hundred ancient spectacles from the Carl Zeiss Foundation in Jena illustrate the main stages of technical and aesthetic evolution of this optical instrument from the 16th to 19th century.

From the Scribe Harpsichord to Electronic Typewriters: More than a Century of Typewriting


The history of mechanical writing apparatus from the “scribe harpsichord,” that Giuseppe Ravizza patented in 1855, to the latest electromechanical and electronic typewriters.