MUSE - Trento
In 1922, the Museum of Natural History of Trento was founded, on the top floor of the building in Via Verdi, now home to the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Trento. In 1964, the Tridentine Museum of Natural Sciences was established, administratively linked to the Autonomous Province of Trento.
In 2000 the museum was modernised, organizing interactive exhibitions and undertaking activities of experimentation. In this phase, the museum expanded encompassing other centres tied to the museum but located around province Trento, like Alpine Botanical Garden and the adjacent Terrace of Stars, on mountain Bondone, the Lake Ledro Stilt house Museum , the Geological Museum of the Dolomites in Predazzo and the Lake Tovel Limnological Station. In 2006 the museum also established in Tanzania a centre of ecological supervision and environmental education on mountains Udzungwa, situated inside National Park of mountains Udzungwa.
Because of an increasing number of set-ups and spectators the provincial government in 2006 approved a project, an architectural plan of urban requalification of the industrial abandoned factory Michelin of Trento.
On the 27th and 28th of July 2013 the new headquarters opened with numerous participation of general public, the new name is MuSe - Museo delle Scienze.
The building was designed by an international famous architect Renzo Piano, it extends over a length of 130 meters (east/west), and a width of 35 meters (north/south) on six floors (two basements levels and four above ground) of height. All floors, exception the second basement level, are open to the public with activities and exhibitions (permanent and temporary exhibitions) administratively and study activities. The outline of structure remembers intended profile of mountains of Trentino especially the Dolomites. The constructing techniques of building focus on energy saving actions and environmental sustainability.
It is not a traditional museum, where the visitor can see findings in glass cases. The studio Renzo Piano Building Workshop applied a concept of “zero gravity”: the outfitting foresees objects suspended on subtle cables ; with an scenic effect: tables, shelfs, panels, monitor and pictures, alternated with every kind of flying reptile, on ceiling or on the ground with steel tie-rod, it seems they rise and fall. This outfitting is called “Grande vuoto” (the great empty) it connects the six levels beginning at basement level (where you can find the dinosaurs). Moreover there are sound effects. We recommend to visit with attention all 6 areas:
On first floor, the Time machine: a multimedia cave. Inside the world of life in prehistory: An exciting journey through time, to discover the lives of our prehistoric ancestors, the hunter Neanderthals with the shaman at the Dalmeri shelter (situated in Valsugana).
On first floor we recommend to visit the Fab-Lab, it is a laboratory, where everyone has the chance to create their own new technology, like print it in 3D, laser cutter, plotter vinylic, a battery with processor Arduino. You can produce everything: from toys to food, from furniture to instruments. On third floor, “In the labyrinth of alpine biodiversity” dedicated to the wood, his evocative exhibit aims to allow the visitor to (re)live the emotions experienced in the wild, into different alpine environments with different eco-systems. Moreover the Discovery room for our youngest visitors (4/8 years): an area where they can discover nature with all senses. On fourth floor you’ll find a “Glacial experience tunnel”: a multi-view space of ten meters in length, you find yourself in flight over the Alps, and longside you can life the impressive and terrible experience that is an avalanche. 360° film recreate special situations, with dolby surround effects. Outside the tunnel you walk down a rigged walkway. Suspended 23 meters in the air, at the top of large central void in the museum, the walkway allows you to relive the feeling of vertigo experienced at high altitude. On floor 0, for children from 0 to 5 years, we recommend to visit Maxi Ooh! Maxi Ooh! is a place that allows you to live the experience through your senses, providing new and different opportunities every time (it is funny also for adults).
The Muse is situated in Trento in Viale del Lavoro e della Scienza 3, inside the new district Le Albere .
MART - Rovereto and Trento
Museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto is one of the most important European museums. Born in 1987 as a functional institution of autonomous province of Trento, today il Mart works in three different places: in Rovereto is the headquarter of museum (a wide architectural complex opened in 2002 designed by Mario Botta and Giulio Andreolli) the house of futurist art Depero and the Civic Gallery in Trento. Conceived not as a traditional museum, but as a “cultural polo”. The Mart Museum and its public spaces converses with the Civic Library, the provincial Auditorium, the communal Theatre, the coffee bar and the public park. Beyond producing exhibitions, events and workshops, it hosts artists, curators, companies, international and local events. Today Mart is an exhibition centre on European level, an interlocutor between important international museums, a place for listening and talk and a machine that produces inspiration for public, artists, collectors, companies and the whole local community.
The numerous masterpieces in exhibitions of museum, rare materials in archives and the constant work of scientific offers allowed the Mart to stabilize collaboration with Italian and foreign museums and institution.
Significant numbers in 2014: 3888 works loan from and to Mart, 121 new acquisition, 956 guided visits and 1200 workshops and didactic workshops with a participation of 49.225 persons (adults, children, teachers, groups, school classes), 91 researcher in archive, 82.000 books in the library, 2.531 new cataloguing and 643 loans, 6.592 new files in picture archive, 394.647 visits on website, 64.410 friends on facebook and 22.500 followers on Twitter, 22.148 newsletter, 5.512 article about museum and its activities, 51.500 articles on website, 135 press release, 1.700 persons in program Membership, 318 days open, 216.440 visitors in 2014, 248.075 users of museum.