Sistema Museale di Ateneo

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The scientific collections of the University of Pavia date back to the Habsburg era in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. The early museum collections included the museum of natural history of Lazzaro Spallanzani, the cabinet of experimental physics, directed by Alessandro Volta, and the museum of anatomy of Antonio Scarpa. Nearby, in the convent of S. Epiphanius, the University founded the botanical garden.

Through the centuries these museums continued to grow while others were born from teaching collections or from equipment used for teaching and research in various institutions.

Today hundreds of thousands of pieces are conserved by the University of Pavia, including: scientific instruments, anatomical preparations, fossils, minerals, geological specimens, archaeological and paleontological, zoological and botanical specimens.

The Sistema Museale di Ateneo or University Museums System was established in 2005 with the aim of uniting all the museums and collections of the University of Pavia and promote the conservation and our patrimony.

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