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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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.

Leopoldo Nobili’s Scientific Heritage: Theoretical Debate and the Role of Instruments in Early 19th-Century Physics


The exhibition features the scientific instruments designed and made by Nobili, which were of paramount importance in 19th-century physics and electromagnetism.


The exhibition pivots on Salvador Dalì’s aesthetic reflection on the Platonic solids associated with the four elements. Also on display are gold pieces coined by the Spanish artist to recall Sun King’s “Louis d’Or.”