Guided and interactive tour of the Science Museum of Trento
The Muse is the Science Museum of Trento. It is a place worth visiting, a space rich in opportunities for growth and new perspectives for science lovers, but also for all the other curious people of all ages. Obviously, it is not a natural element, instead it is an artificial construction that gently fits in the surrounding landscape. It is an attraction that brings and will ensure a greater stream of visitors in a city deeply interesting already in itself, with its historical monuments and the many events related to its traditions.
The Museum, inaugurated in 2013, is part of the wider project for the conversion of the former Michellin area, located on the edge of the old town centre, next to the Adige river, in the western part of the city. The district, nowadays called Le Albere, has been designed to accommodate various functions, from residential to commercial, with the addition of a hotel, a convention centre and public park. First of all, the museum has been projected to blend harmoniously into the landscape in a distinctive yet harmonious way: its lines and surprising shapes recall those of the mountains, from the Bondone to the Marzola, with the high peaks and the steep slopes. The interior is also unusal: it has a stratified structure which corresponds to the metaphor of the alpine environment.
There are five floors above ground and two underground ones (of which the deepest is occupied by the parking lot) in addition to a lateral space, the tropical greenhouse. Each floor circumscribes a large central cavity where there is an impressive installation, made up of specimens of taxidermist animals that almost twirl, suspended in the air at different levels. This installation almost outlines a descending temporal pattern that reflects the distribution of Alpine fauna.
The itinerary develops from the top to the bottom floors, and it includes interactive exhibits, educational workshops and recreational-creative spaces for younger visitors that allow them to learn by playing. Starting from the fifth floor, which is not really part of the exhibition route, you will find the High tops, which focus on natural fenomena. In this section you will discover glaciers and the effect of climate on flora and fauna. There is also a section dedicated to the explorers that, in the past, climbed the high mountains.
The third flor is dedicated to Alpine Nature, to its inhabitants and to their adaptation to the environmental and seasonal changes, with an area for children dedicated to the discovery of the forest environment and ecosystem. Then you fill find the level dedicated to Geology and subsoil resources, their daily application and environmental risk.
The first floor, instead, offers visitors the history of primitive mankind, with a particular attention to the presence of human traces in the Alpine territory, in addition to an explanatory area “Behind the scenes of the research”. Finally, the last floor above ground is occupied by Interactive Science and the Maxi Ooh! for children. On the lower floor you will find an area dedicated to the Traces of life, where you can see fossils, graphs and reconstructions of some of the most ancient forms of life that inhabited our planet and some modern mammals.
The hallway leading to the entrance of the greenhouse is very fascinating. Here a video illutrates the Little big secret of life, the evolution of biodiversity that unites all the living creatures: the DNA.
The final section of the museum is the greenhouse that recontructs the environment of the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania, where the Muse has established an ecological monitoring centre.
Focusing again on building itself, the attention that has been paid to its energy efficiency and overall environmental sustainability is not of secondary importance. The construction is, indeed, characterized by automated and mechanized systems that exploit geothermal and solar energy. In addition, rainwater collection tanks and radiant floor and skylight panels, as well as the outdoor lawn, not only provide a scientific atmosphere to the environment but also ensure water savings and maintain an optimal level of heating, ventilation and lighting. The provenience of the materials too, all locally sourced, respect the requisite of sustainability.
Other than the permanent exhibition, the museum also organizes temporary ones, some of some of which are currently in progress: Fiume che cammina (Walking River) at Palazzo delle Albere, Archimede. L’invenzione che diverte (Archimedes. An entertaining invention), #IceageEuropeNow, and others, planned for your future visits.
Do not miss out on this attraction: a new concept of a museum, both attractive and sustainable, and take the opportunity to visit Trento and its surroundings! By clicking on the links below for our vacation packages, you’ll find info on how to get a free Trentino guest card which gives you1 free entrance to the MUSE and many other sites all over Trentino.
Copyright photos: www.wikipedia.org; www.viamichelin.com; Sara F. Zanini (3 & 4)S. Zanini
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