Active these are the key words to define MUSE - The map that aims at actively involving its visitors withattractive Science Museum, a new innovative themes and destination on Trento’s exhibitions. memorable
The project The MUSE is a public institution of the Autonomous Province di Scienze Naturali, the MUSE is the fulcrum of the redevelopment the MUSE stimulates in its visitors the thirst for knowledge about the of Trento that conducts project, entrusted to the natural world, stressing intensive scientific famous architect Renzo the urgency of focusing research on mountain Piano, situated on an on the relationship environments. abandoned industrial between mankind and By inheriting the ultra- area. Nature and the changes centennial legacy of With a surface area of man has brought to the the Museo Tridentino 19,000 square metres, environment.
The Architecture The building itself is a perfect example of integration between The exhibit spaces are highly immersive, abounding in “specialof Nature architectural design and exhibition function, with its effects” that inspire in the visitor the same emotions felt by Alpine large, almost vertically mountaineers as they sloping sides that climb steep rock faces are an immediate or by downhill skiers as reminder of the Alpine they hurtle down snow- scenery. bound crevasses.
The visiting The key to comprehending this fascinating concept July 2013, the MUSE will offer a lively experience designed with younger attractiveness, the museum is naturally dedicated, togetherexperience lies in the clear and straightforward language and in innovative generations and families in mind. It will be a place where fun and learning with the MART and with Castello del Buonconsiglio, to acting exhibitions capable of walk hand-in-hand as a catalyst for Trentino, transforming a dull visit with the pleasure of a region that boasts an to a museum into a rich discovering surprising intense cultural vocation and enjoyable “voyage of and unexpected facts and is highly worthy of discovery”. about our world. being visited all year Scheduled to open in Thanks to its great round.
Contents The visitor’s journey through the exhibition areas is especially the Alps, the museum hosts the largest display of dinosaurs in the microscope. Smaller children especially will enjoy the story- focused on the Alpine Alpine area. Many other telling corners where environment, on exceptional prehistoric natural history takes Trentino’s multi-faceted exhibits include artefacts on a thousand shapes, natural landscape, and made by Neanderthal including small furry on the techniques and Man, the first painted animals they can hold in the results of scientific rocks and the flint their hands. research as told by the weapons used by the The end of the Alpine very researchers who prehistoric hunters nature itinerary climaxes are currently involved in of the Ice Age. In the in the large greenhouse this fascinating activity. various galleries, visitors with live plants that Starting with the many can touch fossils and reproduces a tropical dinosaur footprint minerals and observe forest mountain tracks discovered in specimens under a environment in Tanzania.
The pleasure At the MUSE, it is possible to make and invent every day, with Fab Lab, opens its doors to young professionals or enthusiasts in presentation of science and technology through the implementation ofof knowledge eyes set on the future, under the attentive and curious gaze of order to give them the chance to implement their scientific and a hands-on experience that offers scientific experiments in the form the visitors. A personal technological ideas. of installations visitors digital fabrication Great care and attention can actively interact laboratory, known as the is also paid to the with.
Future and nature The museum interprets the spirit of Trentino, a region that has actively making concerning development. This “partnership” with the consulting assistance of the Natural History Museuma marvellous couple searched for a model of development in which quality of life and quality between Nature and innovation is not only at the basis of the story of London, has enjoyed the cooperation of Trentino’s university and of the environment are told by the museum research foundations. perceived as a whole, but is also the vision of Another important and where scientific the future held by the role is played by the and technological Autonomous Province museum’s currently knowledge is of Trento. The museum’s ongoing relations with considered the key project, conducted by other major Italian and tool to the sharing and the MUSE’s staff and by European research correct orientation that of the Renzo Piano centres and science of local decision- Building Workshop museums.
The To be acknowledged as being a centre of excellence in natural sciences and environmental research to be a workshop and show-room of local scientific research and technological innovationstrategic to operate together with the Trentino to contribute, together with Castelloobjectives scientific research system and with del Buonconsiglio, the MART and other international scientific research networks museums in the Trento province, to in the and museums, participating in the creation of a high quality cultural hub creation of a highly qualified scientific research district to represent an important venue that is capable, in synergy with the tourist to coordinate a network of local promotion operators, to develop tourism- institutions for the enhancement and oriented projects and initiatives safeguarding of the region to become a catalyst of cultural events to promote public participation in the in the new city district and to boost the debate on scientific issues onset of private initiatives connected to the museum’s activities.
The mission To create awareness about our world’s natural heritage and about the ethical commitment to conserve nature and the to illustrate the connection between science and technology and the ethical commitment for contemporary society environment to guide visitors towards scientific to highlight the relationship between local knowledge as a forma mentis and as a and global, starting from environmental possible profession factors to guide and stimulate towards the to favour an informal, playful, interactive, technical and scientific curricula and participated hands-on approach to towards a vision of the European science and its technological applications Community as a unitary reservoir of knowledge, growth and sociability. to create awareness about the effects of our technical and scientific culture and about its importance for contemporary society
The Museum todayBased on civic 19th to public institutions importance. Togethercentury collections, and is a member of the with its local branches,the museum became a European scientific it offers over 650 culturalfunctional body of the research network. The events that are attendedAutonomous Province of educational sector, by a total of aboutTrento in 1964 with the operational in all of its 37,000 people annually.name Museo Tridentino branches, each year The communication ofdi Scienze Naturali. engages about 60% of these events each yearIn 2011, on the occasion the province’s school- is performed by overof its change in location going population, with 270 press releases andand mission, it was significant numbers generates over 1,500renamed Museo delle also coming from reviews on the local andScienze (Science adjacent regions (in the national media. Museum) - MUSE. academic year 2011- For years acclaimedIt has a full-time staff 2012 it hosted 53,000 by the national andof 120 people. students). international communityThe scientific The museum’s for the creativity ofresearch and cultural educational and its initiatives, theinterpretation sector academic researchers museum today is aemploys about 50 staff also participate in member of the networkmembers assigned European projects, of professionalsto the biodiversity, where they experiment comprising ICOM Italia,geology, paleontology new forms of learning. ECSITE, ANMS, ASTL,and landscape sectors. The activities and GBC Italy, DTTN, andIt publishes on its own new languages sector participates in thescience magazines and generates 13 exhibitions programmes funded byin qualified international a year, several of the EU and by LIFE.magazines, offers its which are of national consulting services and international *Data: October 2012