Developed by experts and educators from the prestigious Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Italy and drawing from their historical collections, this unique exhibition explores and investigates the material culture of time. Historical scientific instruments, clocks, calendars, gear-wheels, means of measurement and other elements attest to different aspects of our physical relationship with this fundamental, yet elusive dimension of existence.
The objects have been selected with particular consideration of their educational value in relationship to core scientific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – permitting the parallel development of educational programming for various ages.
The objects also vividly and visually demonstrate another essential aspect of the rapport between time and technology: clock-making is both art and science. Devising systems and mechanisms to accurately measure the passing of time stimulated ingenious invention and creativity in the aesthetic expression of such devices.
The Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, founded in 1953 is Italy’s foremost science museum, its collections renowned worldwide. The museum is particularly recognized as a leading proponent of the accurate preservation of Leonardo’s legacy and custodian of the largest collection in the world of machines replicated from his design drawings. Befittingly, the exhibition features a section on Leonardo’s conception of time and his studies of clock mechanisms.