MUSME’s quarters themselves tell us about the extraordinary innovations of our past.
The Museum is set up in the 15th century building that used to house Padua’s first hospital, built in 1414 by husband and wife Baldo Bonafari and Sibilia de Cetto: the Hospital of Saint Francis the Greater. Remarkable features of this accomplishment of exclusively Paduan willingness were – besides the private funding – its laic origin and its positioning in the city centre, to provide for the health and assistance demands of the urban population.
It was in these rooms that – in the second half of the 16th century, for the first time ever – medicine students started to learn clinical practice directly on the patients’ bed, opening the way for the modern didactic approach within medicine. Saint Francis Hospital was active for nearly four centuries, until March 29th 1798, when it was replaced by a new hospital, upon the wish of Nicolò Giustiniani, then Bishop of Padua: Giustinianeo Hospital.
The Vesalian Anatomical Theatre
The astonishing modern anatomical theatre: witness anatomy lectures for adults and children on an 8-metre-long human mannequin.
Around what children have nicknamed “the big guy”, eight nooks examine organs and apparatuses forming the human body, through ancient artefacts and 3D images:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Digestive system
- Obstetrics and gynaecology
Forbidden not to touch!
MUSME gives you excellent guides!
Along the exhibition itinerary, the visitor can knock on big virtual doors opening on a human-size screen, where a few protagonists of the past introduce themselves and the topics of each room:
- Sibilia de’ Cetto
- Giovanni Battista da Monte
- Galileo Galilei
- Andreas Vesalius
- Santorio Santorio
- Giovanni Battista Morgagni
- Prospero Alpini
- Listen to the sounds of heart and lungs just like a real doctor
- Observe microbes, bacteria and other pathogenic agents through a really innovative microscope
- Feel the emotion of seeing your organs like in front of a real mirror
- Browse through ancient volumes (with a little trick) without risking to ruin them