UST was founded in 1953 and is the largest science museum in Italy. In one institution, it has a collection-based museum and an interactive science centre.
It has a collection of 15.000 historical objects, the majority of which are displayed in permanent exhibitions organised in five grand themes: Communication, Materials, Energy, Transport, Leonardo da Vinci. In addition, it has 13 educational “Interactive Labs”, spaces inviting visitors to experiment with science and technology directly through experiments, interactive exhibits, and hands-on activities.
The i.labs are dedicated to topics such as robotics, biotechnologies, genetics, energy, chemistry, nutrition, etc.
In 2009, MUST launched CREI, the Centre for Research in Informal Education, as part of the Education Department which does methodological research aiming to identity and integrate innovative learning methods into the Museum’s work in order to promote STEM learning and visitors’ meaningful experience. Every year the Museum welcomes more than 400.000 visitors.