Facility and What-to-do

struttura e percorsi

Opened in 2004, the Museo del Balì is an interactive Science-Center created with the aim of stimulating and promoting interest in scientific culture in central Italy. It is installed in the splendid setting of the 18th-century Villa del Balì and thus situated in an area with a rich historical and cultural legacy.

The Science-Center’s facilities include hands-on interactive exhibits, a Planetarium and an Observatory. They have been constructed to the highest international standards and share the proven hands-on approach to communicating science.“Observe, touch and think” are the keywords for visitors on the itinerary of exhibits that takes them from the principles of perception and exploration of how things work to key concepts in science.

The only one of its kind in the Marche region, the Balì Science-Center is laid out in an exhibition space of 2000 squared meters and is second in Italy in terms of its size and the quality of its facilities.

With the exception of the Observatory, this Science-Center is handicap accessible.

What to do

Touching, listening, smelling, looking, thinking: this is the way visitors move along a path of knowledge which, from the principles of perception, lead us to discover the nature of light and to unleash the key concept of science.

Nine rooms for none different topics: Perception, Physics, Math, Earth Science, Life Science and Temporary Exhibitions.

There isn't a guided tour. At each step our ideas about the world are confused: we have to try (by ourselves!) and try again to learn to formulate hypothesis close and closer to reality. This is the invitation of each interactive exhibit, a unique way to rediscover yourself as a scientist; no matter your age.

The exploration lasts about 2 hours. There are captions for help.

A planetarium is a theater built for presenting a naked-eye starry sky, projected on a dome-shaped screen onto which stars and planets can move realistically to simulate the complex 'motions of the heavens'.

The 60-seat planetarium of the Museum is named after Giuseppe Occhialini, a pioneer of high-energy Astrophysics who was born in nearby Fossombrone.

Under its eight-meter dome, visitors can set off on fascinating guided tours among the stars, constellations and planets to enjoy the wonders of the night.

Thematic shows also present the concepts of modern Astronomy and Astrophysics as well as dipping into the fields of History and Literature.

Situated in the grounds of the Villa, the astronomical Observatory enables visitors to view the Sun and the main celestial objects of the night sky directly through telescopes.

The modern set of instruments consists of many telescopes among which the 40cm diameter wide Ritchey-Chrétien and two Coronados, especially designed for solar observation (H-alpha and Cak wavelenghts). Thus, the Observatory is suitable both for School classes, according to different programs chosen by teachers, and for public over 4 years of age during openings.

In May 2013 a new installation was inaugurated: one of the few italian radiotelescopes for educational purposes to explore the sky in a wavelength band invisible to our eyes.

The Museum could fit the needs of whoever wants to organize events.

Inside the Villa a huge room with PC, video and audio devices, along with 3 small rooms, allows to host up to 100 people for workshops, private meetings, team-building days, temporary exhibitions.

It's possible to rent the conference hall alone or the entire Museum building.

For more information, visit the Booking facility page.