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Sistema Museale di Ateneo | Palazzo Universitario | Corso Strada Nuova, 65 – 27100 PAVIA | Tel. +39.0382.984709 | Fax. +39.0382.29724 | franca.banchieri (at)

Organisational secretariat

Antonella Berzero | Tel. +39 0382 987695 | email. aberzero (at)

Patrizia Contardini | Tel. +39 0382 987565 | email. marni (at)


Prof. Paolo Mazzarello | Presidente Sistema Museale di Ateneo | Tel. +39.0382.984709 | email. paolo.mazzarello (at)




Sistema Museale di Ateneo-University Museums System

The University of Pavia boasts an extraordinary cultural heritage accumulated and preserved throughout its long history. This is a university with an ancient foundation: the first Studium Generale (Medieval university) was founded by Holy Roman Emperor Charles in 1361. From then on, the university continued to grow, experiencing periods of great flourish, particularly in the 15th century (when Ludovico il Moro allocated a building in Strada Nuova to the Studium) and the 19th century (following the reform commissioned by Arch Duchess Maria Theresa of Austria, who brought prestigious scientists such as Volta, Spallanzani and Scarpa to Pavia). Over the centuries, a great number of important historical and scientific collections have been established at the university, with many of them surviving to this day.

The collections are unique in their internal coherence: they do not consist of articles acquired casually, but testify to research development in the University’s fields of specialisation. Therefore, they have a cultural unity that emerges from their historical analysis. We often find specific correlations between collections, library volumes and archives that clarify one another and allow us, through comparative analysis, to reconstruct the history of technical and scientific thought at the University. This demonstrates how such thought was, in turn, the premise, manifestation and consequence of the contemporary philosophical and cultural system.


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