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Academy of Science of Siena

The Siena Academy of Sciences, known as Accademia dei Fisiocritici, is one of the oldest scientific institutions in Italy. In the eighteenth century it had enormous prestige in cultural circles all over Europe, and major intellectuals of the time among its members. Founded for the purpose of studying the truth of natural phenomena, more than three centuries later it continues its mission of scientific communication through museum teaching, publication of journals, and activities and events open to the public. Today the Accademia is a true cultural space, hosting and organising concerts, theatre, art exhibitions, children’s animation and many other initiatives.



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HISTORY

The Accademia dei Fisiocritici was founded in 1691 by the physician Pirro Maria Gabbrielli (1643-1705) and other teaching staff of Siena University. Read more



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BUILDING

Since 1861, the Accademia has occupied the buildings of the Camaldolese Monastery of the Rose that date back to the twelfth century. Read more

 



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ORGANIZATION

The President is the legal representative of the Accademia, which is governed by a Council of ten members. Read more

 

 



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MEMBERS & HOW TO JOIN

Members of the Accademia are proposed by the Council and nominated by the Members’ Assembly.
Anyone who agrees with the institutional aims of the Accademia and is committed to contributing actively to the Accademia and its aims can become a member. Read more



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NAME

The founders of the Accademia coined the term Fisiocritici from a fusion of the Greek words physis (nature) and criticos (judge). Read more

 



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RESOURCES

Materials to consult or download. Read more

 

 

Auditorium - Lecture Hall

The Auditorium, inaugurated in December 1816, contains a cenotaph to the anatomist Paolo Mascagni, busts of people linked to the history of the Accademia and a nineteenth century sundial inscribed in the floor. Restored in neoclassical style with fine ceiling frescoes depicting the Triumph of Science, and fitted with modern audio-visual equipment, the Auditorium can accommodate a hundred of persons and is used for conferences and public events.

Opening hours

OPENING HOURS OF THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

 

Monday 9.00 - 14.00
Tuesday 9.00 - 14.00
Wednesday 9.00 - 14.00
Thursday 9.00 - 14.00
Friday 9.00 - 14.00

 

OPENING HOURS OF THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES

 

Monday 9.15 - 13.15
Wednesday 9.15 - 13.15
Friday 9.15 - 13.15

 

Closed: afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

The Academy of Science of Siena, known as Accademia dei Fisiocritici, is one of the oldest scientific institutions in Italy. In the eighteenth century it had enormous prestige in cultural circles all over Europe, and major intellectuals of the time among its members. Founded for the purpose of studying the truth of natural phenomena, more than three centuries later it continues its mission of scientific communication through museum teaching, publication of journals, and activities and events open to the public. Today the Accademia is a true cultural space, hosting and organising concerts, theatre, art exhibitions, children’s animation and many other initiatives.

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