The foreign audience was numerous, accounting for 55% of the total, reversing the trend of recent years which had seen Italians proliferate.
Milan’s National Museum of Science and Technology is preparing to enter the year of celebrations for its 70th anniversary by closing 2022 with 316 opening days and more than 400,000 people, including 70,000 guests at events. More than 22,000 people took part in the activities in interactive workshops and guided tours. The foreign audience was numerous, accounting for 55% of the total, reversing the trend in recent years that Italians had a prevalence. With an area of 50,000 square metres, the Museum has been one of the most prestigious venues in Milan for the organization of congresses, conferences, events, presentations and moments of joy: in 2022 more than 200 venues will take place in its spaces. These include direct contact from the International Space Station with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. The museum’s assets include 21,300 assets, of which more than 1,800 will be acquired in 2022, 36 permanent thematic exhibitions, 14 workshops and eight interactive digital artworks.
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2022 was also an important year from the school’s standpoint. Although in the first four months of the year it was not possible to accommodate classes and teachers at full capacity as in 2019, the school groups that visited the museum and witnessed the 165 educational programs proposed were more than 2218. In addition, 421 teachers participated and 143 were provided 1 hour of training during 40 professional development meetings. The year that has just ended saw the expansion of the museum’s cultural and educational offer with the presentation of Technological Mosaic, the new exhibition dedicated to the modernization of the country in the second half of the 20th century; Execution of the transport section of the railway pavilion with the Oltrepassare, a permanent story dedicated to railway crossings and tunnels; the opening to the public of STEM* Lab Base Marte, the laboratory that recreates the Mars base; two new interactive digital art installations, La Gabbia by the group auroraMeccanica and Cave of Sounds Tim Murray-Browne & Music Hackspace Ensemble; The birth of VR CINEMA, a permanent VR area where you can watch projections in augmented virtual reality; Among the digital innovations of 2022, also the launch of M4ART3! , the first digital escape room which, in keeping with the museum’s vision, takes advantage of the world of video games as a tool to tackle complex themes, making them more accessible to all.
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“The year 2022 was an important year for the transition between the difficulties of the most dangerous years of the pandemic and the return, despite the well-known economic and social complexities, to the desired normality – stated Fiorenzo Galli, Director General of the Museum -. In particular, the last four months of the year saw a number of visitors And the events, activities and fundraising are higher than in 2019. I can only be satisfied with the results achieved, for which I especially thank the staff for their great commitment and our partners and supporters. The director also says that he is “naturally proud of the museum’s participation in the driving force that the city of Milan and our region are making in efforts for national recovery and development.” In 2023 the Museum will be 70 years old: it will be celebrated “not only the birthday of February 15 but throughout the year – explains Galle – with a series of initiatives linked to the multifaceted activity of our Foundation. We will start on January 20 with the presentation of the new Fatti per Capire project, Curated by Barbara Galafooti and implemented by the Museum, with the goal of giving an important impetus to our mission to develop scientific citizenship.”