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Museum of nature and Humankind


This new museum will be the main enduring legacy left to the city by the University’s 800th anniversary celebrations. It will be housed in the magnificent Palazzo Cavalli, and will include the vast naturalistic collections assembled over the centuries by scholars and explorers of the University of Padua.

This large interdisciplinary, interactive and multimedia scientific Museum, on three exhibition floors, starting from the magnificent Sala delle Palme (Hall of the Palms), will show how the Earth is a complex system of physical, chemical and biological relations in which humanity plays an integral role.

It will be a dynamic laboratory of knowledge, which will present a story written in rocks, fossils, adaptations of animals and in the thousand-year-old artefacts of humanity. Our planetary history began more than four billion years ago and is now entering an unprecedented phase in which a single species, Homo sapiens, has become able to deeply alter all the ecosystems.

In the narration of the Museum, the geographical and the physical space will interweave with the multiple dimensions of time: from Cosmic Time, related to the history of the universe, to Geological Time, namely the time passed between the Earth’s formation to our days, until the time of human events (“Anthropocene”). It is only by learning to read the phenomena through the different timescales that we can fully understand the challenge of environmental sustainability, which, from safeguarding biodiversity to the use of georesources, will be another underlying theme of the Museum.

This project is sponsored by:
Fondazione Cariparo