+1 | From the first men on the Alps to the global future

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A step back in time
A spiral structure invites the visitor to enter the world of prehistory. The main local findings stored at the Science Museum are displayed in glass cases that illustrate the main phases of the cultural, economic and social prehistory of the Alps: the Neanderthal presence on the Southern Alpine range during the warmer phases of the last glacial period in the middle Paleolithic, the arrival of Homo sapiens at the end of the great ice ages in the Upper Paleolithic and his venture into the Alpine valleys in the Mesolithic period, the introduction of agriculture and farming in the Neolithic period and the great technological innovations of metal working in early history.

The exhibition is enriched by multimedia devices providing thematic analysis alongside exhibits and replicas of human figures in their busy daily activities, introducing the visitor to an immersive space where videos evoke the drama and excitement of living in prehistoric times. Two aquariums are home to lake species in two different archaeological contexts: a mountain site and a stilt house dwelling.

Time machine
An exciting journey through time to discover the lives of our prehistoric ancestors, the hunter Neanderthals with the shaman at the Dalmeri shelter, hunting at high altitudes and working with clay, life in stilt houses and fire worship in the proto-historic era.
Painted stones
The more than 200 stones on which figures of mountain goats, bison, plants and humans are painted with ochre are a unique and exceptional testimony of the spiritual aspects of prehistoric hunters who inhabited the valleys of the Alps.
Science museums are places of research and documentation. The collections are the result of collection campaigns and studies carried out in the context of specific research projects, and are the material evidence of different natural environments, of fossil and mineral deposits, and of human activity.

By studying these objects, we can assess the state of the environment, document the past, and provide materials for prediction models. Together with the data files produced by monitoring and research activity, these collections form the cornerstone for the study of our land and for the development of new scientific knowledge.

The MUSE research laboratory area and the displays in front of it invite the visitor to take an interest in the museum's scientific activities and get to know an area normally reserved to staff.

The research laboratories
The four research laboratories are dedicated to the study of fauna (vertebrate and invertebrate), botany, limnology, geology, palaeontology and prehistory.
The laboratory's glass walls are designed to encourage the participation of the visitor to the daily work of the museum's scientists while they conduct their research.
You can interact with researchers during periodic appointments, designed to help to get to know the scientific activities of the museum and discover the behind-the-scenes research.

The display cabinets
Facing the research laboratories there are twenty display cabinets and one hundred drawers that house prehistoric, geological, biological and palaeontological artefacts, recognisable as natural objects and artefacts observed or found in nature.
These objects can be examined close-up in order to fully appreciate their cultural and scientific importance.

Man's adaption to his environment
The apparent change of balance in our soil, oceans, atmosphere, and biogeochemical cycles, in addition to the excessive rate of biodiversity loss due to anthropogenic pressures, are reflected in the stability of the Earth's system. The intrinsic correlation and complexity of natural systems makes it difficult to make forecasts.
At the heart of this room is the attempt to answer this question. A suspended interactive sphere displays the data of complex environmental systems in an intuitive and attractive way to the visitor, while in the surrounding area issues of economy, society and technology are dealt with, taking the visitor on a journey in search of a paradigm that accounts for the culture of limits and complexity.
Science on a sphere
Researchers from NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - have developed software to illustrate the science of Earth's system for visitors of all ages.
On a large globe, alternating between videos of our planet in real time, and animated images of atmospheric storms, the consequences of climate change, the movement of continents and much more.
The spherical shape of the screen on which the movies are projected allows a clear view of the dynamics of global natural processes.

In this area, the research centres and companies operating in our region, along with their international partners, are able to showcase their work and share their experiences with visitors. Finally, in the “Fab-Lab” laboratory, everyone has the chance to create their own new technology. With the ability to design and print your own inventions in 3D you will have the opportunity to create your own tailor-made technological objects. You can also download an object invented in America or China, and print it in 3D in the Fab-Lab. The concept of open source expands, and from software towards hardware.
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3D printer
Imagine a future in which you can make the products your interested in by yourself.
This vision of the future is not so far from reality. Thanks to Fablab, a digital fabrication laboratory, you can draw, download from the internet, edit, and print real 3D objects.