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From May 16, 2019


Discover some of the most extraordinary and remote places on Earth and get to know more about the environment through new beautiful satellites images captured by the technologies of the European Space Agency.
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July 7, 2018 – October 13, 2019


The temporary exhibition “Leonardo Da Vinci Parade” - curated and developed by the Museum - comprises a large selection of fascinating models built in the 1950s through the interpretation of Leonardesque drawings and frescoes by sixteenth century Lombard artists, granted for storage in 1952 by the Pinacoteca di Brera, directed at the time by Fernanda Wittgens. The Museum celebrates its origins by evocatively exhibiting the two collections with which it opened to the public on February 15th, 1953. Next to the machines there are recently restored plaster and terracotta models of military and civil architectures - many of which have not been on display for years.
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June 28, 2019 – September 10, 2019


A temporary exhibition to celebrate the 80 years of one of the most beloved heroes.
In collaboration with Warner Bros Entertainment Italia.
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February 20 – May 19, 2019


For the first time in Italy the Museum presents Strandbeest, the Dutch artist’s gigantic kinetic installations.
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April 10, 2018 – Extended until March 17, 2019


The internationally renowned Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi exhibits his work “Sacral” in the Museum gardens.
Through a dialogue between classical and contemporary architecture, the installation invites visitors to enter an unusual space-time setting where arches, columns and domes fall into symphonies and contrasts with industrial materials.
Unlike conventional architecture - which encloses a space and generates a landscape that carries man’s print - this structure created with a metal net creates an interaction between indoor and outdoor spaces, embracing the original spirit of the Museum and offering visitors an unusual experience beyond time and space.
The installation is a physical representation of the Museum’s mission: to narrate the past, interpret the present through new languages, and outline new dimensions through a constant interaction with the surrounding world.

December 1, 2018 – 5/2/2019


Cars and motor-cars that made history on show. A travel in time from the early 1900s to the present day to
discover the evolution of the concept of aerodynamics and admire exemplary models such as Renault
Voiturette 3,5 Cv Competition of 1900, Alfa Romeo RLSS of 1926, Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta of 1950.
Saturday, December 1 (at 2.30 and 4.30 pm) and Sunday, December 2, 2018 (at 11 am, 2 and 4 pm) special
visits with the curator to the motor-cars collection stored at the Museum.
Project carried out by the Museum and CMAE (Club Milanese Automotoveicoli d’Epoca).
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From March 30, 2017

Minimaforms: Pet 2.0 (Prototype)

Pet 2.0 is robotic creature.
Its behaviours evolve through the interaction with viewers and they are communicated through movement, sound and light.

Pet 2.0 is like a house pet: it stimulates curiosity, play and the exchange of emotions between man and robot. It is part of an on-going research exploring our emotional relationships with intelligent machines.

The installation is part of the educational project Make your Tech, funded by CISCO Foundation.
The goal is to explore the use of electronic media and open source technologies such as creative and expressive tools, working at the intersection of art, science, technology and design.


May 25, 2018 – June 30, 2018


Photo exhibition by Enrico Sacchetti

Photos of detectors, accelerators and telescopes to conduct research on fundamental particles such as Bosons, Quark, Muons and Neutrinos and to locate dark matter and energy so far hypothesized but never really “seen”. An exhibition to explore the large objects, complexity, symmetry and the aesthetics of huge and unusual scientific structures.

May 11, 2018 – May 20, 2018


An exhibition of vintage images to illustrate the contribution of the Royal Carabinieri and Royal Forest Corps during the Great War.

An opportunity not to forget the commitment of the Corp in Intelligence Services, in the precious activity of supplying timber and coal for military and civil uses, in the work of protection and reconstruction of the woods where thought fightings occurred.

The exhibition is part of the official program of the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War and is included in the entrance ticket to the Museum.

January 19, 2018 – May 6, 2018

Leonardo 1939. The constructing of a myth

The documentary exhibition “Leonardo 1939. The constructing of a myth” was curated and designed by the Museum. It retraces, through documents, volumes, photographs, drawings and historical objects from the collections, archive and library of the Museum, the genesis and context of the 1939 exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci and Italian Inventions” that was at the root of the foundation of the Museum itself in 1953.
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May 6, 2017 – September 3, 2017


A travel around the 100 editions of Giro d’Italia to discover the history of two-wheeled vehicles, from early models to modern racing bikes.
On exhibition the most interesting bicycles of the Museum collection.
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July 4, 2017 – August 31, 2017


On show the paintings by Nini (aka Nie Jingjing), a young Chinese artist representative of Chinese Abstract Expressionism. The paintings are dedicated to themes and stories filtered by emotion and by artistic practice, in which the joyful and emotionally positive gesture (fancy) puts on canvas historical concepts, places and fictions. In all her works, ironic and conceptual elements mix with the Italian geographic locations visited by the artist.

supported by: Caterina Feng • Istituto Italo Cinese • Italy China Cooperation Culture Developm ent Company • Italian Elegant lifestyle Culture Communication co. LTD • Fondazione Italia Cina • Private Incentive Milano Srl • Rising Investment Management co. LTD • Shanxi Oil Painting Association • Owen salon • Scuola di Formazione Permanente della Fondazione Italia Cina

April 20, 2017 – June 20, 2017


A photo exhibition dedicated to the scientific role of women in space.
On display photos taken around the world, from Nairobi to Moscow, from Bangalore to Monaco, from the Atacama Desert to the outskirts of Izmir. Sipa press photographers portray three different generations of scientists, researchers, and students in different socio-economic contexts.

March 30, 2017 – June 18, 2017


The Transformers created by Montenegrin artist Danilo Baletic peacefully invade the National Museum of Science and Technology. These gigantic creations are inspired by the famous Transformers, alien robots that can disguise themselves by transforming into vehicles. First stop of a world tour, from March 3 to May 1, the exhibition Transformers Art, promoted by Baha Fine Art, will be visible to the public of the Museum. The majestic sculptures are made with materials recovered from landfills, with the intent to draw attention to the issue of waste as a resource.
For the Museum it is a new opportunity to get involved in bringing their space exhibit that makes the experience of visiting the most curious and original. Danilo Baletic’s transformers stimulate the attention and imagination surrounding many of the topics presented by the Museum: from sustainability to robotics, from the man-machine relationship to the creative reuse of materials.
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April 11, 2017 – May 1, 2017

Colours of the Higgs Boson

The exhibition "Colours of the Higgs Boson" comprises the works produced by the Milanese high school students involved in school-work project "Art & Science across Italy" of the CREATIONS network in the Horizon 2020 funding programme organized by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics and CERN.
The works produced by students will be on display together with those of CERN's art collection Art@CMS inspired by the experiment taking place at the CERN Laboratory for Particle Physics.

The "Art & Science across Italy" project is divided into three phases: 1. training seminars and meetings in schools, INFN labs at the Milan university and guided tours of local art and science museums; 2. groups of three students create an artistic composition on one of the suggested scientific topics supported by INFN experts, the University and the Academy of Fine Arts; 3. students participate in an exhibition where their works are exhibited alongside those of the art collection ART@CMS.
Milan is the first exhibition location. The project also involves the cities of Naples, Florence, Padua and Venice, with a total of 107 classes and 2,980 students involved.
Friday, April 28 at 2.30 pm, the award ceremony of the six winning works of students from Milan will take place at the Museum.
To participate in the event:
(Registration will be open from April 7 at 9.00 am)

All information about the initiative: https://web.infn.it/artandscience

April 2, 2016 – September 12, 2016


The exhibition is the result of a cycle of meetings on the climate system of the river Po basin that go under the name of “Studiare il futuro già accaduto” (Studying the future that already happened) with the aim of fostering a shared reflection among different fields of knowledge: on nature and mankind, on a local and global scale, across generations.
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From May 9, 2015

My Planet from Space. Fragility and Beauty

In Rome from September 30 to November 2, 2014, the exhibition is divided into six main chapters (ice, water, atmosphere, agriculture and forests, deserts, cities) with satellite images and video installations regarding the most beautiful and remote parts of Earth.
On display at the Museum a selection of shots from the "Agriculture and Forests" section, documenting the processes of de-forestation and the conversion of forests into agricultural land, rice fields, olive groves and agriculture. An example of how satellites can contribute to the management of agricultural areas and crop forecasting.

Curated by Viviana Panaccia, promoted by ESA (European Space Agency) in collaboration with ASI (Agenzia Spaziale International), the Italian Presidency of the EU Council and the European Commission.

September 23, 2015 – March 31, 2016

Don't forget Nepal - The essence

A photo exhibition presenting 45 pictures by Enrico De Santis, telling the story of the nature and history of Nepal. A project in honour of the people of this country. A photographic journey through the amazing nature of the Himalaya and the technology of a scientific lab on the roof of the world.

September 10, 2015 – January 10, 2016

AB Medica 3.0

Neurosciences and telemedicine, human genome sequencing and robotic surgery: what will the medicine of the future by like? The exhibition features the main achievements of medicine through the genius, passion and intuitions of a number of medical scientists.
Exhibition produced with the help of a scientific committee of excellence: Mario Carminati, Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology at the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato in Milan; Marco Leonardi, Professor of Neuroradiology at the University of Bologna; Anna Moles, Scientific Director of Genomnia; Franco Molteni, Director of the Unit Complex Rehabilitation Medicine of Villa Beretta Costamasnaga – Lecco; Pantaleo Romanelli, Scientific Director of ab medica.
Monday, December 28, the exhibition will be closed (for technical reasons).

September 10, 2015 – January 6, 2016

Cai Guo-Qiang: Peasant da Vincis

The Museum and the Shanghai International Culture Association are proud to present the major exhibition “Cai Guo¬Qiang: Peasant da Vincis” by the New York based Chinese-born artist.
The exhibition features handcrafted machines such as an aircraft carrier, submarines, aircrafts, flying saucers, and robots invented by Chinese peasants and collected by Cai over the years.
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From April 22,2015


A major exhibition dedicated to the changes that have marked the way we eat and the complexity of the food system.
The protagonists are the people: each of us in his/her relationship with food. Food production professionals, researchers and industry experts, teenagers and adults were all involved in the design of the exhibition.
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June 24, 2012 – December 31, 2015

Technologies that count

A temporary exhibition dedicated to the history of computing and information technology, presenting its most significant phases, its most representative characters, the machines and the most important technological innovations that have characterized it.

April 22, 2015 – November 1, 2015

Dutch Innovation Zone

A temporary exhibition developed by Museon for the Dutch Government, to discover more about innovations in the Dutch food industry. Connected to Expo 2015.

August 27, 2015 – September 20, 2015

Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain

“Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain” is a visual exploration of the realities of food access in Chicago and the surrounding region for local children and their families in school, at home, and in their communities. Amanda Rivkin’s photography contextualizes Chicago’s place within national and global agricultural policies and highlights the many innovative programs working to improve nutritional practices from farm to table to school lunch counter. This Italian installation will also feature a spotlight on sustainable environmental and agricultural practices in the Midwest as documented by young Chicago student photographers from the city’s Marwen art school.
Amanda Rivkin is an American photographer whose work has been published in The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Le Monde, The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, TIME, and others. Her work has received many honors including recognition from the Fulbright Program and the National Geographic Society.

Presented with support from the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

June 17, 2015 – September 6, 2015

Milano. 1906‹from Expo to Expo‹2015

For the Universal Exhibition, the Italian Touring Club and the City of Milan, in collaboration with the National Museum of Science and Technology, present a reflection in images about how the city has changed in the 109 years that separate the two universal events.
In the first section of the exhibition the video “The city is born” tells the story of industrial spaces, renewed public places, dedication to work, study, sport and culture.
The second part “Prospects, faces and chiaroscuro” depicts the city in 20 large-format images by photographer Francesco Radino, passionate yet extraordinary rigorous.

Promoters: Italian Touring Club and the City of Milan

Technological partner: Epson

May 18, 2015 May 19, 2015 – August 16, 2015

Make in Italy - The exhibition

50 years of Italian inventions on display: from P101 to the first espresso machine in Space. The exhibition is connected to Expo 2015.
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June 5, 2015 – July 5, 2015

From these hands: a journey along the coffe trail

Photographs from one of the world’s most admired photojournalists, Steve McCurry. The exhibition features images taken while on assignment to coffee-growing communities around the world. From the foothills of the Andes to the slopes of Kilimanjaro, his vibrant colour images document the realities of life for the people working at the source of this familiar commodity. Photographs range from Colombia, Honduras, Peru, Brazil, Ethiopia, Tanzania, India and Vietnam, and they include portraits of children, workers and everyday community life, alongside stunning natural landscapes.

Sponsor: Lavazza

April 9, 2015 – May 3, 2015


A photo exhibition by Malena Mazza made for CiAL. On display 20 photographs in which aluminium packaging is the undisputed and indispensable protagonist of the safe consumption of food or drink. A research to promote the reduction of food waste. But also a material used in fashion and design, or reinterpreted in unusual contexts.

Main partner: CIAL – Consorzio Nazionale per il Recupero e il Riciclo dell’Alluminio

September 19, 2014 – April 18, 2015


An exhibition to present some preview ideas behind Expo 2015 and get to know the tradition to which this event belongs. A temporary interactive exhibition on the theme of World Fairs, with particular reference to their technological dimension. Different tools and languages allow both young and adult visitors to play and think about the event by placing it in a broader context.

February 12, 2015 – March 22, 2015


An exhibition by NO CURVES, pseudonym of a famous tape-art artist. An ambitious project, created in tune with the Museum’s themes and collections, with more than two dozen works inspired by human exploration, between portraits and quotes that go deep into history, literature, cinema. "Space lies" is a triptych depicting astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. Next to it are also portraits of Amelia Earhart, Leonardo da Vinci, Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Vladimirova Tereskova, Vitale Brahmans, Reinhold Messner, Felix Baumgartner. A special site-specific work decorates the Enrico Toti submarine.
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October 16, 2014 – November 16, 2014

Science innovation. Dupont - 50 years

The exhibition showcases how objects we use every day can be made better, easier, lighter to use through the evolution of Science. Opened by Dupont Chair and CEO, Ellen Kullman.

Main partner: Dupont

March 27, 2014 – June 15, 2014

HOME. 175 years of innovations with P&G

How many stories and how much technology lie behind simple objects and gestures? A look at the past, present and future to find out how it changed the way we wash ourselves, we shave, clean our house, cook, do laundry.

Main partner: P&G

April 16, 2014 – June 3, 2014

The beautiful Gene

Exhibition designed by Fabrica in collaboration with the Museum. People with red hair are threatened by extinction. Fabrica photographer Marina Rosso has toured Europe with the enthusiasm of a young researcher, to portray and document their beauty and diversity.

February 27, 2014 – March 30, 2014

Achille Compagnoni - Over the K2

The exhibition traces, through many unpublished and archive materials made available by the Achille Compagnoni Onlus Association, the whole story of the climber Achille Compagnoni. The life of this extraordinary skier, mountain guide and lover is told, including a large biographical portrait of his victorious climb of the K2.

September 13, 2013 – January 6, 2014

D17 - Photographs from the archive of the Dalmine Foundation.

Thousands of historical images documenting machinery, processes, products, business, industrial spaces from 1906 to the present day. On display at the Museum 140 shots.
An exhibition to preserve the memory of industrial culture thanks to a rich photographic heritage preserved in the archives of the Fondazione Dalmine.
The exhibition was made possible by the collaboration between the Dalmine Foundation, the GAMeC - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, and the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci.

June 12, 2013 – December 31, 2013

From these hands: the coffee trail

An exhibition that tells the story of the most significant characters and moments in the history of the Politecnico di Milano. Stories of architecture, design and engineering. Seven "trails" wind through the permanent exhibitions of the National Museum of Science and Technology, revealing objects connected to polytechnic education and the historical link between the two institutions.

July 10, 2013 – August 30, 2013

Traces of the Sun

Drawings by artist Stefano Marangon created using the sun's energy.
The Museum is constantly looking for new ways and languages to talk about science in simple and accessible ways. This is an unusual journey to discover the presence of the sun in science, philosophy, architecture and art. Stefano Marangon’s pyrography uses optical lenses and sunlight to create his works.

Curated by Fortunato D'Amico.

May 8, 2013 – June 30, 2013

Workshop exhibition "NO SMOKING BE HAPPY"

The interactive exhibition “No Smoking Be Happy” is an educational experience that accompanies visitors in a tour inside the human body, allowing viewers to personally “touch” the physical and psychological damage caused by cigarette smoke.

Created in the frame of the “No Smoking Be Happy” Project, a Project fighting smoking habits promoted by the Foundation Umberto Veronesi.

March 2, 2013 – April 21, 2013

Leonardo’s Adda river

A photographic exhibition by Massimo Grassi and Stefano Pedrelli with contributions from Claudio Giorgione, curator of the Museum. A journey to discover the places of the valley of the Adda where Leonardo da Vinci was a privileged observer. From river landscapes to canal basins. A trail leading from research to suggestions and artistic stimuli, witnessing Leonardo’s observations through images and highlighting the strong connections between history, nature, art and photography as tools of knowledge and of landscape representation.

March 7, 2013 – March 10, 2013

Light me up

Exhibition organized by the students of the course “Product Service System Design” of the Polytechnic University of Milan, presenting 28 product projects developed for the MUST Shop and based on Museum topics.

December 1, 2012 – March 3, 2013

Carlo Erba. Innovation in pharmacy

The fascinating history that has transformed a profession. An exhibition that tells the story of the founder of the first Italian pharmaceutical industry, tracing the evolution of the role of the pharmacist.
The exhibition retraces the story of Carlo Erba and his company. At the centre of the exhibition is the history of the heir of a family of Lombard "apothecaries", who out of nothing created one of those small family run empires that have characterized the Italian industrial development of the nineteenth century.
5 thematic stations exhibiting historical objects, original documents, images, videos, interviews, including many unpublished materials from the Carlo Erba Archive: “An idea for Milan”, paints a portrait of Carlo Erba and of his relationship with the city of Milan; “The pills’ workshop” retraces some of the steps that led his pharmaceutical industry to what it is today; “The risks of the benefits” explores how we have come to understand how medicines act and how we can synthesize them; “A life behind the counter” features real figures of pharmacists that visitors can meet through the kaleidoscopic photographic record of Alessandro Albert and Paolo Verzone and thanks to a video installation; “A smile for science” shows a number of communication campaigns for different Carlo Erba product lines.

Promoted by: Carlo Erba
Loans by: Centro per la cultura d’impresa; Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense; Politecnico di Milano
Museo della Farmacia di Bressanone; Archivio Storico Luce; Fondazione Luigi Micheletti.
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December 5, 2012 – January 13, 2013

100% TobeUs.

“Playing is a serious matter”, said Bruno Munari. In 2008 designer Matteo Ragni, inspired by this simple thought, created a new brand of cars made of cedar of Lebanon wood.
The project involved other friends and grew with the participation of great names in Italian design such as Odoardo Fioravanti and Giulio Iacchetti. The exhibition celebrates an informed use of objects and the idea that toys are important and need to contain ideas, values, hopes useful to imagine a future in which consumption becomes thought and choice. On display a collection of one hundred cars made of wood and designed by international designers with imagination, simplicity and the desire to convey a message of sustainability and joy to children and adults.

Curated by Matteo Ragni, in collaboration with Alessi.

December 1, 2012 – December 9, 2012

The Museum celebrates the 200 years of the Fire Brigade in Milan.

On show are many historical fire engines, uniforms and equipment: a fire chariot from the early twentieth century, which equipped with a hand water pump, a revolutionary tool for its time; a truck from the 1920s used with a crew of eight men; the first Fire Engine equipped with a radio, from WWII; a motorcycle with a radio transceiver used between the years 1963 and 1974. And helmets dating back to the 1880s.
Impressive demonstrations by the SAF body (Speleo Alpino Fluvialer), which uses innovative technical rescue, and by the National Fire Service Section of Milan. Children from 3 year up will be able to understand more about the key role of fire-fighters by participating in exercise trails devised by the fire-fighters themselves (educational game "Pompieropoli").

September 25, 2012 – November 11, 2012

Assassin's Creed Art (R) Evolution

An exhibition dedicated to the famous video game Assassin's Creed.
Around one hundred original works signed by Ubisoft artists, who since 2007 have worked to different episodes of the game. The works, even if implemented digitally, are proposed on materials faithful to the original works, thanks to the partnership with Demart. Visitors can enjoy paintings on canvas, in fresco, plexiglass, wood, leather, fine art and mosaic.
Other contemporary artists make an important contributions. Massimo Giuntoli with the work Osmosis gives new life to the video with a lights-architecture. Samuel Arcangioli has designed and built the portrait-machine, a 4-metre room in which the public can meet the main characters of the series.
Edward Paul Quist, an artist from Brooklyn, specifically lends a work of his recent research on the genetic code with a video strongly linked to the emotions of the protagonist in the Animus.
The exhibition is completed by two PC gaming stations created by Mirco Ferrari Labs and two historical models based on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.

Educational activities curated by: Game Art Gallery

With the patronage of: Crab Brera; Università degli Studi di Milano; Università Cattolica Almed; Politecnico di Milano; Università di Catania; Accademia di Belle Arti Catania; Scuola Internazionale di Comics Firenze; Cineteca di Bologna; Caffé Letterario Roma; Lucca Comics and Games
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October 16, 2011 – June 24, 2012

Bon Appetite. Food from every angle

Eating properly is not just a question of calories, staying slim or filling your stomach! Eating properly is also about conviviality, pleasure and, needless to say, health. Obtaining nourishment is the natural and major concern of all human beings. “Bon Appetite” is an interactive exhibition featuring a giant game of table football turned into a table set for dinner, a stadium where foods race against each other, a sensorial tasting session, an augmented reality game… around thirty exhibits presenting food in a fun, festive yet educational manner.

Coproduced by: National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, UNIVERSCIENCE (France), HEUREKA (Finland), TECHNOPOLIS (Belgium).

November 25, 2011 – June 10, 2012

Story of a bite. Steve Jobbs and the revolution of an idea

A narrative made out of objects, images and documents, describing the milestones that have marked the life of Apple and of its charismatic leader, Steve Jobs.
The history of Apple in terms of technology, computers and products that characterized the birth and growth of the company and that, in some cases, have become milestones in the history of computing.

March 1, 2012 – March 11, 2012

Impossible Visions - Botticelli, Leonardo and Raphael: new technologies to live art

Classical art meets the latest developments of technology and shows itself in an extraordinary light.
The exhibition offers real clones, also in their colours, of seven masterpieces: the "Spring", the "Birth of Venus" and the "Madonna of the Magnificat" by Botticelli, the "Annunciation", the "Baptism of Christ" and the "Musician" by Leonardo, the "Marriage of the Virgin" by Raphael. But these are only the main actors of a complex exhibition, enriched and made even more impressive by innovative tools, HD videos and interactive multimedia devices capable of revealing pictorial details otherwise invisible to the human eye. Visitors can "travel" within the “Last Supper” by Leonardo in HD on a large screen, using multitouch to navigate real time and enjoying, thanks to a tablet, a guided explanation of the painting. Touch screen stations accompany visitors in the discovery of the cycle of frescoes by Giotto in the Upper Basilica of Assisi.
All these experiences reveal the incredible digitalizing technology developed by Haltadefinizione® and tested by the High Institute for the Conservation and Restoration in Rome.

Created by UTET Publishing House in collaboration with Haltadefinizione® and the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci.

January 27, 2012 – February 26, 2012

Polaroid: Easy Art?

An exhibition to celebrate the Polaroid camera. On display are 130 Polaroid fine art prints of pictures taken by 89 artists and photographers from 12 different countries.
Artists in the project: Agafia Polynchuk, Andre Fromont, Antoine Camus, Beat Burkhard, Bernd F. Oehmen, Birgit Zartl, Cass Cameron, Cécile Neyrat, Cedric Beal, Cedric Busquant , Chris Mettraux, Christel de Block, Christine Vacher, Christophe Cordier, Clement Grosjean, Corinne Heraud, Cyril Auvity, Daniel Gonzalez, Deborah Parkin, Elizerman, Emilie Forestier, Emilie Trouillet, Emmanuel Delaby, Eugenio Sinatra, Fabrice Abraham, Filippo Centenari, Florian Ferre, George Weiss, Gerald Chors, Guillaume Pollino + Eve le Gall, Harold Mareau, Irina Mashurova, Jacob Salomon, James Carroll, James Jimmy Moore, Jeanne Rossetto, Jeff Hutton, Jeffery Hilllier, Jena Ardell, Jeremy Malmasson, Jerome Allart, Jessica Reinhardt, John Gee Gibbons, Jonas Wettre, Jorge Crooke, Kelly Creed, Kelly Knaga, Lajos Gombos, Lia Saile, Luce Roux, Luke Serwach, Marion Lanciaux, Marion Carreno & Yannick Lemoine, Mark Erickson, Matteo Varsi, Maxime Simon, Michael Meniane, Mirko Albini, Morgan Kendall, Nelly Boustie, Nicola Delorme, Nicolas Darphin, Nuno Tudela, Noah Kolb, Olivier Facon, Paolo Mori, Patrick Cockpit, Penny Felts, Philippe Bourgoin, Philippe Garcia, Philippe Reichert, Renaud Bessaih, Rhiannon Adam, Riccardo Testolin, Rudy Ramos, Sheila Devlin, Siegfried Holzbauer, Stefano Aspiranti, Theo Delange, Thobias Kern, Thomas Fabiani, Thomas Ville, Thibault Tourmente, Valerie Evrard, Vincent Galiano, Vincent Lyky, Zhenya Radlov, Zora Strangefields.

Idea and project by Mirko Albini in collaboration with the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci.

With the patronage of the Chambre Française de Commerce et d’Industrie en Italie.

November 15, 2011 – February 5, 2012

Eureka! Archimedes’ ingenious inventions

Archimedes is a complex character. A historically defined personality whose contours fade into legend. One thing is certain: Archimedes greatly contributed to science. The exhibition is divided into four macro-areas: Archimedes’ machines; Archimedes and the physics of solid and liquid bodies; Archimedes and the math of large numbers; Archimedes and astronomy.
Twelve fun interactive exhibits, multimedia and audiovisual materials that delve into the figure of Archimedes invite visitors to test their skills and knowledge.

In collaboration with Agorasophia and CNR.

October 20, 2011 – January 15, 2012

The young face of Lombard agriculture

Agriculture is at the service of citizens. The exhibition presents the rural world, highlighting its cultural, young and technological facets. Case studies are presented through interviews and audiovisual contributions made in collaboration with the main actors of a number of stories of excellence selected to represent the widespread excellences in rural Lombardy.

Promoted by the Lombardy Region - DG Agriculture. Curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti, Studio Chiesa, in collaboration with the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci.

September 20, 2011 – November 20, 2011

Democratizing Technology.

An interactive exhibition that tells the story of how Ford makes technology widely accessible.
The exhibition reveals the backstage of technology on four wheels. The Museum’s Air&Water Transport Building hosts contemporary and historical objects, interactive exhibits, audiovisual installations and multimedia stations present cars that can see, hear and speak.
Highlight of the exhibition is an original Ford T, a vehicle which - designed in 1908 - completely transformed the concept of automobile, making cars suddenly accessible to millions of people.

In collaboration with Ford Italy.

September 24, 2011 – October 26, 2011

10: 100

10 years committed to enhancing a tangible and intangible heritage and to document the main stages of the development of science and technology. 100 posters created by the Museum to engage diverse audiences, communicate events and projects, interpret today’s society. What language does the Museum speak? What are the shapes, colours and words with which it talks about science?

June 16, 2007 – June 26, 2011

Remember? The Museum will refresh your memory

Thirty curious, unique, familiar, mysterious or scientifically important objects are brought back into the spotlight from collections that have been in the Museum’s deposits for years.
Eight areas, which evoke the last 100 years of our history - agriculture, industrial heritage, transport, textile arts, office and business, decorative arts, scientific instruments, photo-cinematography: the objects are revealed in a path that suggests an imaginary link between the Museum and each of us, through the thread of memory. Curators, exhibition designers, educators, explainers and visitors themselves come together to reveal their stories and memories.

September 15, 2009 – May 15, 2010

Leonardo da Vinci Nature Art & Science

In Incheon, Korea, the first interactive traveling exhibition conceived by the Museum.

November 20, 2008 – February 22, 2009

Arno's point of view

Arno Hammacher, photographer and graphic designer. For the first time the Museum will display the work of the Dutch photographer and graphic artist Arno Hammacher.

September 12, 2007 – September 30, 2007


Exhibition by Patrik Mimran in three parts: a video, inspired to a journey to India; 16 large photos related to the themes of the video and a series of wide billboards about the art world. The exhibition is part of the Milan Doc Festival.

September 12, 2007 – September 30, 2007

The Infinite Exposure

“Photo-video” installation by Antonello Matarazzo, with three photo portraits of life in Southern Italy at the beginning of 1900s. The exhibition is part of the Milan Doc Festival.

May 28, 2006 – March 18, 2007

From Home to Biohome

Energy saving, house comfort, attention to the environment

The exhibition designed and created by Filca, in collaboration with the Museum, presents the Filca Biohome Project: a constructive and projectable stand, that uses modern technologies to save energy, protects the environment and satisfies the needs of modern living.
The exhibition tells about the evolution of the house through time: materials, technologies and comfort in relation with the changing concept of dwelling.
It presents themes of great interest: climate changes, particularly the greenhouse effect and the environment policies forecasted in the Kyoto Protocol.
It shows technological solutions applied to the house system to reduce energy consumption and guarantee the psychophysical fitness of people.
Models and multi-media facilitate the visit and the interpretation of the display.

September 6, 2005 – November 6, 2005

The Microscopes of Physics

From quarks to the Universe: instruments to observe the invisible

To look inside the microscopic world, at infinitesimal distance, optical microscopes as well as the most modern electronic microscopes leveraging the high energy electrons are insufficient. The more curiosity pushes us to look beyond, the more energy we require to observe the invisible. Today’s large accelerators were created from this need and are capable of “seeing” objects million and million times smaller than the structures that could be studied with the early microscopes, four hundred years ago.

May 17, 2005 – June 5, 2005

CERN: 50 Years of Research

Photo Exhibition
Stars, the Earth, a daisy, man: the whole Universe is made of particles. Some appear in the form of matter, others on the contrary are pure energy, some live billions of years, others only a moment. Two types of instruments are employed for their observation: accelerators and revealers . The former allow to throw the commonest particles against a target in order to break them and to create new particles, the latter show the transit of particles and reveal some of their specific characteristics.
The study of particles takes place in large research centers, where scientists have access to huge, sophisticated and very expensive accelerators and revealers.
In 2004 CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation.
CERN is located in the outskirts of Geneva (Switzerland), and is the biggest laboratory in the world for the study of the physics of particles, where a great number of interconnected accelerators supply various types of particles for different experiments. In this way physicists can study the fundamental constituents of matter and investigate the forces that hold them together. Thanks to such advanced research, CERN also contributes to technological innovation, from informatics to the science of materials, from research on cultural heritage to nuclear medicine.
During the last fifty years, CERN has also become an extraordinary example of international cooperation, including today 20 member States.

December 16, 2004 – May 31, 2005

Synthesis. Giulio Natta and Plastic Materials

The Museum, in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Milan, dedicates an exhibition to a key step of modern scientific and technological development: the birth and development of new plastic materials.

November 23, 2004 – May 31, 2005

Welcome on Stage!

Signs of Art and Technology, behind the Scenes of the Teatro alla Scala
On the occasion of the re-opening of the historical building of the Teatro alla Scala, the Fondazione Milano per la Scala - with the sponsorship of the Theatre, in collaboration with the Museum and with the support of Edison and Fondazione Italiana Accenture - creates the exhibition “Welcome on Stage! Signs of Art and Technology, behind the Scenes of the Teatro alla Scala”.
The exhibition reveals the theatre’s “behind the scenes”: costumes, objects and the building of the new stage. For the first time a model of the 1937 historical stage and of the Dynamo that illuminated the Theatre in 1882 are publicly displayed.
The real protagonist of the exhibition is one of the famous “movable bridges” from the Scala stage: a unique opportunity to admire the legendary scenic machine designed by Luigi Lorenzo Secchi in 1937 and understand how it was renewed.
In addition, visitors will be able to see firsthand some of the theatre scene elements, historical costumes and models. Through the work of the great photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin the exhibition shows the work of men and women who have transformed through their talent and personalities the production of the Scala.
In collaboration with Edison, discover the Dynamo that illuminated the Scala for the first time from the Santa Radegonda energy plant in 1882, usually not accessible to the public. Thanks to the Fondazione Italiana Accenture, get to know the DAM project (Digitalization of Depositories, Archives and Warehouses) which allows the Theatre to catalogue and preserve its own patrimony, together with the technological partners Fastweb, HewlettPackard, Oracle, and the technical sponsors AEM, Nikon, TDK Italia.

May 10, 2005 – May 29, 2005

Physics on wheels

From the simple objects of daily life to the science of the infinitely small to discover what makes up matter and what keeps it together. The INFN travelling exhibition-laboratory presents three thematic trails that accompany visitors in the discovery of the most amazing and curious physics, through the use of common items, exhibits, experimental devices and computer animations.

February 15, 2003 – January 1, 2005

50 Years at the Service of Culture

A fascinating memory game that retraces the stories of the greatest scientific and technological Museum of our Country.

October 2, 2004 – October 24, 2004


An Exhibition to Discover the Secrets of Numbers and Shapes.
Come and discover the secrets of numbers and shapes, in an exhibition that’s perfect for family play.
Children from 5 to 11 will be received with their parents in the castle of “Ra-giocando" where the world of mathematics becomes a fairytale.
An interactive exhibition for children and for all who still like to play and get involved.
The exhibition has been conceived and created by the Nucleo di ricerca in Didattica della Matematica - Università di Pavia,Nucleo di Rozzano, and it will be hosted at the Museum in partnership with the Ufficio Scolastico Regionale.

September 12, 2003 – May 30, 2004


Matemilano is an exhibition where visitors, thanks to interactive models, texts, images and multimedia, can approach the most abstract of sciences, discovering its applications in the daily experience and looking at Milan and its territory with new eyes.

April 6, 2004 – May 9, 2004

Lavazza, the Century “Espresso”

An exhibition retracing, through machines, the history of a century of Italian life style. The displayed items come from Enrico Maltoni’s collection, that includes objects and historical documents connected to the coffee culture. Next to each machine is a coffee cup from the same historical period, part of the historical Lavazza collection.

Until April 2004

Hydrogen, a Road towards a Sustainable Future

“Hydrogen, a road towards a sustainable future” presents the most promising paths to clean energy together with “More cold, More warm, More quiz!” – an educational exhibition on climate change designed by Enea.

June 1, 2003 – April 1, 2004

Giro d’Italy and Historical Bicycles

On June 1, 2003, on the occasion of the arrival in Milan of the 86th edition of the Tour of Italy (Giro d’Italia), the Museum opens the exhibition “Bicycles on Tour”. It will be possible to admire 8 of the most significant bicycles in history, including the one used by Petit Breton, winner of the first Milano-Sanremo race in 1907.

November 26, 2003 – April 1, 2004

The DNA Double Spiral 50 Years Later

In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick described the DNA structure. “The DNA double spiral fifty years later” exhibition retraces the history of this ingenious discovery with the purpose of stimulating debate and reflections on the problems that biotechnologies and genetic engineering have proposed.

October 7, 2003 – November 14, 2003

1953. Milan Reconstructed

1953, the foundation year of the Museum, was the theatre of important events on the national and international scenery. Photos and objects of the time show events and chronicle of the rebirth of Milan and Italy after the tragedy of the war.

March 30, 2003 – June 2, 2003

The Utopia of Identity

From May 30 until June 2, the Museum cloisters will host the exhibition “The Utopia of Identity” curated by the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. An exhibition “in progress” that presents works, installations, photos, videos, interventions and performances.

March 8, 2003 – June 1, 2003

From Light to Light

Light, its forms, its colours, its history. Light as a fundamental element of life. How light has influenced man in daily life, in art, in research, in development. These are the topics in the exhibition “From Light to Light” organized by the Agenzia per la Formazione e il Lavoro of Milan together with the Centro di Cultura Scientifica "Alessandro Volta" in Como, the Municipality of Varese and the agency Varese Press.

October 26, 2002 – May 17, 2003

The Dawn of Man

When did man first appear on Earth? Which forms of life came before? Which signs prove its existence? How were humans living? Every Saturday and Sunday, thanks to the Laboratories of the Prehistory, visitors will be able to retraces the most important stages of early forms of art making graffiti and investigate early forms of technology creating instruments from that historical period to understand the importance of the Shaman and of the discovery of Fire. In collaboration with Euresis.

March 11, 2003 – April 6, 2003

Use the Brain

Knowing the brain is the best way to use it at its best! This strange word game is the prime concept of the exhibition “USE THE BRAIN” presented at the Museum on occasion of the Brain world week (March, 11th to 17th) that will be opened from Tuesday March 11th until April 6th. The exhibition, organized by the University of Milano and the Istituto di Neuroscienze of the CNR, will be listed among the meetings of “The Spring of Science”.