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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:


    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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  • 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

  • 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.

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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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