Natural History Museum, Milan

The Museum of Natural History in Milan is Milan's oldest civic museum and is today the centre of activity of the Science Garden, which includes two large teaching laboratories - Paleolab and Biolab - and the Ulrico Hoepli Civic Planetarium. Founded in 1838 with the donation of the nature collections of Giuseppe De Cristoforis and Giorgio Jan, it is Italy's first museum architecture, built between 1892 and 1907 to a design by architect Giovanni Ceruti and inspired by the great European nature museums of the second half of the 19th century.
Starting in the 1970s, a profound renewal of the exhibitions began, which were updated according to criteria oriented towards the illustration of ecology, ethology and evolution. The plans for the new exhibitions are supported by studies in the field of museology and intense scientific research in the field, which will continue in the following decades, with a strong character of continuity, during the directorships of palaeontologist Giovanni Pinna, zoologist Luigi Cagnolaro and botanist Enrico Banfi.
Natural History Museums in Italy