Padua, city of science

Padua has always been a city of science, which houses one of the oldest universities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage botanical garden.

But not only that, in recent years, two museums have also developed, which explore the themes of medicine and science in an engaging and interactive way, in a journey of discovery and wonder.

Let's discover them!

Museum of Nature and Humankind

A wealth of 200 thousand natural and anthropological exhibits, built up over centuries.

A merger of four collectionsMineralogy, Geology and Paleontology, Zoology and Anthropology — associated historically with the University of Padua.

A scientific narration of planet Earth as an evolving system, describing the diversity of humankind and the environment, and the relationships between them, using multimedia and interactive methods for the ultimate learning experience. 

Located opposite the Scrovegni Chapel — partner in a symbolic dialogue between knowledge and art — this is the showcase project in a scientific museum-centric ecosystem that runs through the city, connecting the museum with the Palazzo del Bo, the Botanical Garden (UNESCO heritage site) and the various university museums, giving Padua a unique identity in Italy and in Europe.

Useful information:

  • Corso Garibaldi, 39 – Padua
  • Tel. Tel. +39 049 8273939
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  • Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 am. – 7.00 pm. (last admittance 6.00 pm.) – Closed on working Mondays


This museum, inaugurated in 2015, is already considered an Italian excellence.

It is a new generation Museum that narrates, with a rigorous yet engaging language, the extraordinary journey of Medicine, from ancient discipline to modern science, with a keen eye on the history of Padua’s Medical School.

Balancing the past and the future, MUSME revolutionizes the concept of Scientific Museum, combining History and Technology.

A hybrid between a traditional exhibit collection and a modern Science Centre, it merges and renovates the museum approaches and captivates everyone, offering an exhibition that adapts to the visitor: from playful story-telling for the younger ones, to in-depth scientific analysis for scholars.

Useful information:

  • Via San Francesco, 94 - Padova
  • Tuesday to Friday: 2.30 pm – 7.00 pm / Weekend and holidays: 9.30 am – 7.00 pm / last admittance 6.00 pm / Closed on working Mondays

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of the University of Padua, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, is the oldest university botanical garden in the world.

Laid out in 1545 to allow the cultivation of medicinal plants for scientific and teaching purposes, its original location and singular architecture — a circle inscribing a square, with the figure divided into four quadrants by two perpendicular avenues — have remained unchanged ever since. 

In 2014 the Botanical Garden was expanded with the addition of the Biodiversity Garden, five large greenhouses characterized by high technology and ultra-low environmental impact, in which visitors can take a fascinating journey through the natural biomes of the planet — tropical, sub-humid, temperate and arid desert zones — and learn about the age-old relationship between plants and humans.

The visitor experience has been further enhanced in 2023 with the opening of the Botanical Museum, a new exhibition facility packed with interactive content telling the story of the Garden, its plants and the people who collected them, and the long association between botany and medicine. 

Holders of an all-in ticket can visit both the Botanical Garden and the Museum of Nature and Humankind

Useful information:

  • April – September: 10am-7pm (closed on working Mondays except for Monday 12th June 2023) / Last entry: 6.15pm.
  • October: 10am-6pm / Last entry: 5.15pm.

So here are our proposals to learn more about the scientific side of Padua and to spend a pleasant afternoon in the city!.


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