Pavia University History Museum, Pavia

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The University History Museum of the University of Pavia was officially opened in 1937, but before that can it be traced back to 1701, during the age of Enlightenment era. It reflects the history of the University, where doctors worked with great scholars such as Antonio Scarpa and Camillo Golgi or the physicist Alessandro Volta. The two most important sections of the museum are, in fact, those of medicine and physics, but it also has legal and literary manuscripts.
The museum was created in 1932 to accommodate the material that was kept in the Palazzo Botta, on the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Antonio Scarpa, founder of the Anatomical School of Pavia. The exhibition was organized by Antonio Pensa, president of the Fourth National Congress of Anatomy and Professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Pavia: autographs and writings were displayed anatomical preparations by Scarpa and other anatomical as Rezia and Panizza. The current museum was officially opened in 1936 and gradually expanded during the years, thanks to existing objects from museums and from donations by the heirs of Golgi, objects that had belonged: manuscripts, notes for lectures and especially, the original certificate of the Nobel Prize allocated in 1906. During the war the museum was closed but after 1945 it further expanded its collections. In addition to the material on display, the museum has a great deal of material.
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  • Located in Corso Strada Nuova. Beautiful Architecture, well preserved. Pavia is a university town and here you get a nice impression of university life in Pavia.  more »
  • Our guide made another superficial tour of the place. Good architectural design. It’s nice to see preservation of character that the place bestow . Brief history said. Just a few of the must see in...  more »
  • Interessante museo con personale qualificato e disponibile!
  • Bel museo storico universitario, purtroppo poco conosciuto, ricco di testimonianze dei prestigiosi professori del passato: Volta, Foscolo, Golgi tra gli altri... Sono conservate anche memorabilia del passaggio della famiglia Einstein da Pavia e la parte anatomica presenta una sorpresa che...merita di essere vista di persona! Talvolta nei giorni dei porte aperte universitari il museo resta aperto, in caso contrario, purtroppo, ha una fruibilità abbastanza ridotta.

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