Three main areas: Science in Trieste, Fenomena and Innova. And then the Planetarium, the Imaginaire Scientifique section and the labs.

Science in Trieste

Science in Trieste – A section to illustrate the science that originates and develops in ‘Trieste Citta della Scienza’ (Trieste City of Science), the extensive network of research institutes that characterises Friuli Venezia Giulia’s capital city:

  • AREA
 Science Park
• Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste
  • ICGEB – International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
  • ICTP – The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • INAF – Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste
  • INFN – Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Trieste
  • OGS – National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics
  • SISSA – Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati
  • TWAS – L’accademia mondiale delle scienze per il progresso scientifico dei paesi in via di sviluppo
  • Università degli Studi di Trieste
    This section of the museum includes a station that focuses on science, education, and personal development, designed to help young people discover suitable educational paths and skills. This station was designed by Pietro Pittini Foundation, which is committed to the realisation and support of actions aimed at emancipation, as well as at educational and professional growth.


In this section visitors can learn about the fundamental laws of science through stations that allow them to experience various natural phenomena: water vortices, desert sand, the interaction of air with flying objects, soap bubbles, and the fourth state of matter.

The topics are:
– on the first floor: motion, fluids, electrostatics, magnetism and electromagnetism;
– on the second floor: sounds, lights and shadows, mirrors and reflections, mathematics and logic, perceptions and biology.


An area to explore the most advanced technologies that are developed in the research and innovation departments of some of the area’s most excellent industries: AcegasApsAmga, SIAD Group and Saipem. What links the three companies is an element central to the city of Trieste: the sea.
AcegasApsAmga presents an interactive station on the theme of sustainability and water treatment. By virtually exploring the Servola purification plant, one of the most advanced purification plants in Europe, visitors can understand, for example, how water treatment can be balanced according to the nutrient needs of the sea.
The SIAD Group’s space is dedicated to gases, their fundamental laws and their applications in water purification. Thanks to curious hands-on exhbits and small experiments, it is possible to observe, for example, the behaviour of gases in the presence of changes in temperature, volume or pressure, or when a vacuum is created.
The Saipem area is dedicated to marine exploration and technology. Here one you admire one of the first underwater robots (ROV) and a simulator that allows you to discover how it operates. Two interactive exhibits complete the display, allowing you to discover how OIE technologies work and their use in environmental rescue in the event of uncontrolled hydrocarbon spills.

Imaginaire Scientifique

An area equipped with the most advanced audiovisual technology, hosting an “immersive” reinterpretation of the Imaginaire Scientifique exhibition, that gave rise to Immaginario Scientifico’s science centre. A captivating room, which is also a heartfelt dedication to physicist Paolo Budinich, who contributed to the establishment of many international scientific institutions in Trieste and to Immaginario Scientifico itself.


A high-definition digital planetarium, realised thanks to the support of the Kathleen Foreman Casali Charitable Foundation, allows visitors to take fascinating tours of the vault of heaven, to discover planets and constellations.

Also on display in this section is a Zeiss reflecting telescope from the INAF – Trieste Astronomical Observatory.


The museum has different labs, for experimental and creative activities.



Complete with work tables and fully stocked with tools and materials, it is a place where visitors and students can tinker, experiment, build, share ideas and projects.



It’s like a real lab for research and experimentation: here, students can take part in educational activities and practical experiences on Biology, Botany and Biotechnology take place.



It’s like a real lab for research and experimentation: here, students can take part in educational activities and practical experiences on Biology, Botany and Biotechnology take place.



A place for collaborative activities and discussion games on the most topical issues in science: an opportunity to identify with various key figures in scientific and cultural processes, to confront each other and try to step in someone else’s shoes.