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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 9.30 - 13.00
Wednesday 9.30 - 13.00
Friday 9.30 - 13.00

 

Closed: afternoons, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

Events and exhibitions

 



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TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS – COMING SOON

"Gift from the sea", temporary exhibition on marine shells. The most striking specimens from two private collections recently donated to the Accademia dei Fisiocritici (29 November 2018 - 31 January 2019).

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

23thSeptember 2018 - 23thNovember 2018: temporary exhibition: "Funghi in Mostra, dal bosco all'Accademia"



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GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE

The Accademia dei Fisiocritici has collaborated with the digital archive Google Arts & Culture since 2016. The archive is designed to put world cultural heritage online. The Accademia and its Museum of Natural History are at the centre of three digital exhibitions (two regarding the Natural History project and one regarding the Grand Tour project): the exhibitions, freely accessible to anyone, contain texts and background in Italian and English, 360° panoramic images and photographs of specimens, collections and exhibition spaces.
Curious for Nature
The Fisiocritici

 



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CHILDREN AT THE MUSEUM

The Museum dedicates great attention to children, organising guided tours for school groups and a playground to learn through play. Since 2018 there is also a FAMILY KIT, designed for children and their families: a booklet to guide them in a series of activities designed to explore the Museum actively, also involving adults. The activities can be adapted as desired, following the whole book or only certain parts.

 

 

 

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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