Sapienza University City (Città Universitaria) and Its 21 Museums

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Sapienza University City (Città Universitaria) and Its 21 Museums

Citta Unisersitaria is one of the northern areas of Rome, sitting of Roman’s universities, such as Universita' Degli Studi Di Roma 'La Sapienza', Centro Universitario Sportivo. This University City (Città Universitaria) was built in 1932-1935 according to a project of M.Piacentini and, later, of other architects, to house the ancient "Studium Urbis", which had its traditional seat in the university in Palazzo della Sapienza. When the Papal University, the "Sapienza", became too small, plans were considered from 1870 onwards for replacing it with new university buildings. This large new complex was built by Mussolini in 1932-35, but it too soon became inadequate for the number of students.
University City (Città Universitaria)

It occupies the territory with the perimeter of 500m x 400m and includes the Palazzo del Rettorato (Rector's Palace), the Biblioteca Alessandrina (inheritor of the library founded in 1670 by pope Alexander VII for the Sapienza, which now possesses more than one million volumes), the Chiesa della Divina Sapienza and the buildings of different faculties.

To the University belong: Museo dell'Istituto di Storia della Medicina (with the interesting collection of instruments, piece and components of human body, tools of torture, bones and etc.); Museo delle origini (dedicated to the prehistory of Italy); Museo delle Antichita' Etrusche e Italiche; Museo dell'Arte Classica; Herbarium of Botanical Institute.

The abnormal increase of students during the past decades put the old structure in crisis. They started to modify the old constructions and University city plan, and finally the Second Roman University was created on the east of Rome specially for these needs. In the University City are a number of small museums.

The Geological Museum is located inside the Department of Earth Science, University of Rome La Sapienza. Exhibits include rocks specimens, panels, plaster models and videos dealing with various geological topics: Earth history, origin of rocks, geological risks. Some nineteenth-century collections of ancient marbles are exposed, the most important being the well-known T. Belli.

Sapienza University of Rome (Sapienza Universita di Roma) was founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, it is the first University in Rome and the largest University in Europe: a city within a city, with over 700 years of history, 145,000 students, over 4,500 professors and almost 5,000 people are administrative and technical staff.
Sapienza University City, rome
Sapienza teaching and research activities are carried out by 23 faculties, 67 departments and 30 research centres. Sapienza puts 116 libraries at disposal of students, researchers and professors. 21 museums, ranging from ancient sculpture to mineralogy and history of medicine, show important collections. Sapienza museums are open to the public and to international visitors and researchers. In 2009 Rector Luigi Frati has started an important reform process aimed at simplifying Sapienza organization by both eliminating useless structures and reorganizing faculties.

21 museums of Sapienza University of Rome

The largest number of museums are at the Sapienza University City. The 21 museums of Sapienza University of Rome are both an evidence of the history of science and technics of the last century and a showcase of Sapienza latest scientific and cultural innovations. The museums are an important tribute to the understanding of the history of society through its cultural, scientific and technological evolution.
La Sapienza - Città Universitaria, Rome
The Polo museale Sapienza (PMS) is an integrated system of 20 museums with a wealth of collections that illustrate the various fields of scientific knowledge. This is largely established museums to complete educational courses, students are in fact designed for the museum spaces in which knowledge is constantly fed by scientific research. The Museums are inserted, including its location, in the Department of research and teaching. Each structure carries on business alone, but by connecting with other museums for special events (such as the Night of Museums, Scientific Culture Week, etc...) The PMS is divided at the level of coordination in five thematic areas common to the University Museums and departmental disciplinary affinity and common teaching methods and scientific purposes.

Here are 21 museums of Sapienza University of Rome:

  1. Herbarium – Botany Museum (Erbario - Museo di Botanica)
  2. Laboratory of contemporary Art (Laboratorio Arte Contemporanea)
  3. Museum of Art and Mineral Deposits (Museo Arte e giacimenti Minerari)
  4. Museum of the Near East (Museo del Vicino Oriente)
  5. Museum of Classical Art (Museo dell' Arte Classica)
  6. Museum of Etruscan Italic Antiquities (Museo delle Antichità Etrusco Italiche)
  7. Museum of the Origins (Museo delle Origini)
  8. Museum of Comparative Anatomy (Museo di Anatomia Comparata)
  9. Museum of Pathological Anatomy (Museo di Anatomia Patologica)
  10. Museum of Anthropology “Giuseppe Sergi” (Museo di Antropologia "Giuseppe Sergi")
  11. Chemistry Museum "Primo Levi" (Museo di Chimica "Primo Levi")
  12. Physics Museum (Museo di Fisica)
  13. The Geology Museum (Museo di Geologia)
  14. Museum of Hydraulics (Museo di Idraulica)
  15. Museum of Commodity Science (Museo di Merceologia)
  16. Museum of Mineralogy (Museo di Mineralogia)
  17. Museum of Paleontology (Museo di Paleontologia)
  18. Museum of the History of Medicine (Museo di Storia della Medicina)
  19. Museum of Zoology (Museo di Zoologia)
  20. Botanic Garden of Rome (Orto Botanico)
  21. Night of Museums (Notte dei Musei)

The area is convenient to access to nearby; the Eterna city close to Termini station and San Juan Basilica, not so far is the Colosseo and a few steps from the main train station, from S. Giovanni in Laterano Cathedral, Opera Theatre and a subway that takes you directly to the Vatican Museum in a few minutes and to the other major landmarks, such as Spanish Steps.

Sapienza University City (Città Universitaria) and Its 21 Museums
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 (Viale delle Scienze)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Quartiere Tiburtino (Roma est)
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Bus: 11, 71, 109, 111, 309, 310, 311, 411, 415, 492.
Tram 19 - 3
Metro: Metro B - Policlinico
Contact - Sapienza University of Rome (Sapienza Universita di Roma)
Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
T: (+39) 06 49911
PI: 02133771002
International Students: Tel. (+39) 06 4991 2745, Fax.(+39) 06 4991 2984
Public Relations and Information Office: T(+39) 06 4991 4180, (+39) 06 4991 4181

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