The Province of Padua is one of the proud founder of this museum and thw owner of the building that houses it.
It is headquarted in the monumental complex of the ancient Hospital of San Francesco, built in the second half of 1414.
The owners of the land, Baldo of Bonafari family and his wife Sibilia of Cetto family, spouses since 1390, wanted and financed this building by their own means.
Special features of this realization will exclusively of Padua , in addition to privated funding, were the secular origin and its location in the city center, to meet the health and welfare needs of the urban population.
The Hospital of San Francesco was active until 29 March 1798 when it was replaced by a new hospital located outside the door of Ponte Corvo in the former headquarters of the Jesuit convent of Padua. The new Hospital also titled San Francesco was wwanted and partly funded by the then bishop of Padua Nicolò Giustiniani. On the death of the bishop the new hospital will be named Giustinianeo Hospital.
The palace that houses the MUSME is owned by the Province of Padua which, in 2008, established the Musme Foundation which includes, in addition to the same Province, the Veneto Region, the City of Padua, the University, the Hospital and the ULSS n. 16.
Finds and museum tour
The MUSME can boast a collection of over 300 finds thanks to the contribution of the historical heritage of the University of Padua, the Hospital, the State Archives and Museums.
The visit to MUSME is diveded into six main rooms, an anatomical theater of “new generation” and 8 thematic exhibition spaces each devoted to an organ/apparatus.
The ground floor rooms are bound to the hisotry of the structure that houses the museum (and of the University of Padua in the sixteenth century, the years when born structures that make Padua an excellence at European level: anatomical theater (1594) and botanic garden (1545).
In these rooms you can, with a little trick, 2browse”physically amcient volumes without fear of damaging them and study, on a large touch table ancient documents on the Hospital and the restoration work done on the building.
The four rooms on the upper floors, instead, respond to the great questions that Medicine has set itself, over the centuries, in relation to the Human Body:
-How is it done? Hall of Anatomy
-How does it work? Hall of Physiology
-How gets it sick? Hall of Pathology
-How is it treated? Hall of Therapy
Thanks to the support of technology, in these halls, visitor can, among other things, see themselves reflected on a magic mirror that will show its organs, bones and muscles; you can auscultate the heart and lungs as if you were a real doctor and see under a microscope the main pathogens cause of major diseases known today.
The tour then continues through the great “gallery” overlooking a modern “dissecting table” where there is the silhouette of the great Vesaliano man: a man of eight meters on which, thanks to the projections mapped, will be possible to assiste to the innovative anatomy lessons, analyzing organs and systems, to which are dedicated also the exhibition spaces surrounding the “theater”.
The entire route can be followed by those who wish, thanks to the support of distinguished “virtual tutors” which visitors can “turn on “ at will.