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@TheMuseum: events from around the world

We work every day to present our audiences with the complexity and the trans-national dimension of today’s different social challenges and solutions linked to science and technology. We believe that the best way to do this is to give space to different voices and relate different points of view. For this reason we host exhibitions, speakers and professionals from all over the world, also serving as a hub and location for various international groups.

Temporary exhibitions

In selecting the temporary exhibitions we host or produce, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach that leads us to act as a bridge between different fields of knowledge, from science to art, from design to technology. We believe that creativity and inquisitiveness are part of every human action and that they dwell in every corner of the world.

Lately we hosted:


    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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    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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    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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    THEO JANSEN’S SPECTACULAR CREATURES For the first time in Italy the Museum presents Strandbeest, the Dutch artist’s gigantic kinetic installations.
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    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.


    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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  • 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. www.minimaforms.com


    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.


    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.

  • 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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    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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    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


    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.


    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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  • 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: https://agenda.infn.it/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=13243 (Registration will be open from April 7 at 9.00 am) All information about the initiative: https://web.infn.it/artandscience

  • Confluence

    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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Leonardo da Vinci Nature Art & Science

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brahåmatic

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CERN: 50 Years of Research

    Photo Exhibition

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Matemagic

    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.

  • Matemilano

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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”.

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Public events and talks:

  • “Meet the Media Guru” with Daan Roosegaarde

    April 16, 2015
    In the framework of the communication platform devised by Maria Grazia Mattei and with the support of Fastweb and the General Consul of the Netherlands, meet Daan Roosegaarde, internationally recognized Dutch artist and innovator. Roosegaarde’s work ranges from fashion to architecture, focusing on an interactive design characterized by high-tech environments in which the viewer and space become one, giving life to what Roosegaarde calles "techno-poetry." In the meeting Roosegaarde bring his vision of artist-entrepreneur who blends perfectly technology and creativity creating a fascinating link between bullshit and beauty, imagination and budget. He describes the birth of some of his social, environmental and design projects that blend technology and creativity.

  • “Meet the Media Guru” with Jane McGonigal

    May 3, 2011
    In the framework of the communication platform devised by Maria Grazia Mattei and meet Jane McGonigal, expert in game design and networks, one of the key figures of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. Jane provides the elements to understand the social and economic reality of digital games, explaining the mechanisms behind the design of a successful game and reflecting on how to apply in real life the motivation and involvement typical of gaming.

  • Public speech by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

    October 7, 2015
    Meet Samantha Cristoforetti, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, protagonist of the FUTURE mission of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and captain pilot of the Italian Air Force, with her colleagues of Expedition 42/43, Terry Virts from NASA and Anton Shkaplerov from Roscosmos, all returned to Earth on June 11.

  • Public speech by Jeremy Rifkin

    September 25, 2015
    During the “European Researchers’ Night” and in collaboration with the Rotterdam Den Haag Region, economist Jeremy Rifkin from the Foundation on Economic Trends will talk about the Next Economy and Transition, discussing consequences and meaning of the third industrial revolution in Europe.

  • Public speech by Ellen Stofan

    May 6, 2015
    Chief NASA scientist and planetary geologist Ellen Stofan talks about the missions to Saturn, Mars and Titan and her experience as a woman in science.

  • "Women & Technology" award

    May 6, 2015
    The Museum hosts the "Women & Technology" award cerimony as part of the Global Women Expo Forum. The Jury of the International "Women & Technology" has identified nine, with profiles of excellence. They share the vision capability on innovation, nutrition, health, and sustainability, in line with the topics that will be featured in Expo Milano 2015. The Special Prize will be awarded in Europe Catherine Ladousse.

Workshops and conferences for professionals

  • SHOT 2019

    24-27 October 2019
    In 2019 the Museum hosts the annual meeting of SHOT. SHOT is an interdisciplinary and international organization concerned not only with the history of technological devices and processes but also with technology in history and society. SHOT explores the production, circulation, appropriation, maintenance and abandonment of technology under specific historical circumstances. SHOT scrutinizes the epistemic, economic, social, cultural and political conditions of this development. Its approaches are informed by a broad concept of technology encompassing knowledge resources, practices, artifacts and biofacts (artifacts in the realm of the living).
    The society publishes the quarterly journal Technology and Culture.
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    In 2018 the annual meeting takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, US.
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  • ECSITE Space group meeting

    November 3-4, 2015
    During 2 days, experts in the space field exchange with museum’s representatives to discuss projects that could be developed and shared, with the support of ESA, within the Ecsite network.
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  • Move app Expo 2015 (2 edition at MUST)

    October 10-15, 2015
    The International Forum Move.App Expo is the annual reference event for the Transport, Logistics, Smart Mobility and Technology. This annual event, includes a display of vehicles and innovative technologies as well as top level discussions between major transport organisations, companies and institutions. It is developed and organized by the Columbia Group and CIFI (Italian College of Railway Engineers), with the scientific support of the Dip. DITEN University Genoa and the participation of the Italian State Railways, UITP and ASSTRA.
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  • “Scientific Heritage at World Exhibitions and Beyond: The Long XX Century” - ARTEFACTS XX workshop

    September 20-22, 2015
    ARTEFACTS is an international network of academic and museum-based scholars interested in promoting the use of objects in studies of the history of science and technology. In conjunction with EXPO 2015, this year’s workshop invites participants to ponder over the role played by scientific and technological heritage in national and world exhibitions of the twentieth century and over the impact of these exhibitions in the establishment of permanent collections and museums.
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  • “Science Museum and School: a cooperation to improve teaching, learning and discovery” – International Training Course for Teachers and Museum Educators – 11th edition

    September 4-10, 2015
    The training course is the result of the EU-funded projects SMEC (School-Museum European Cooperation) and SETAC (Science Education as Tool for Active Citizenship). It has been running since 2004, and so far has trained about 250 teachers and museum educators from 29 countries of the European Union and beyond. The course is open to the international community of museum educators and school teachers aiming to create a diversified, trans-national group of participants each contributing their experience and expertise.
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  • ICOM conference 2016

    July 3-9, 2016
    The Museum hosts public events dedicated to museum professionals participating in the ICOM 24th general conference in Milano.
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  • ICOM workshop 2015

    May 18, 2015
    For the International Museum Day the Museum organises a workshop for museum professionals on the theme: “Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change”

  • ICOM workshop 2014

    May 17, 2014
    For the International Museum Day the Museum organises a workshop for museum professionals on the theme: "Museum collections make connections”

  • Conferenza cambiamenti climatici 2009

    March 30, 2009
    An entire day dedicated to climate change to distinguish between facts and effects, data and interpretations, scientific conclusions and ethical positions, changes and disasters, global strategies and local actions. With talks from experts from local organisation, consulates, universities and research centres.
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  • ECSITE Annual Conference 2009

    June 4-6, 2009
    ECSITE is the European Network of Science Centres and Museums. The Milan edition sees the participation of 983 professionals from 49 countries, involved in 75 parallel sessions, workshops, meetings and activities fostering the debate on science communication in Italy, in Europe and internationally.
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