The Muse is Trento’s incredible Science Museum. We planned our visit in anticipation of a rainy day and it really left us speechless.
It is one of those places where you have the pleasure of returning again and again, because each time you discover something new.
Particularly educational for children, but really suitable for the whole family!
Below you will find practical information for organising a visit with children to the Muse, Trento’s Science Museum.
To the Muse in Trento with children: practical info. What to expect
The Muse, Trento’s Science Museum, was opened in 2013 and the fascinating modern structure that contains it was designed by Genoese architect Renzo Piano (creator of the famous Aquarium of Genoa).
The Muse exhibition itinerary is spread over 6 floors and tells the story of the evolution of life on Earth, through historical finds but also in an interactive and multimedia way.
One of the few museums in my opinion that is able to keep the visitor’s attention from the beginning to the end, thanks to the fact that you are an active participant in the journey. Here is what you can find at the Muse:
Basement floor – The gallery of large fossils, DNA, and the tropical greenhouse where 13 animal species live, including fish, amphibians and birds typical of the Udzungwa Mountains (Tanzania).
Ground floor – Science Gymnasium or a place where, through interactive stations, children can test themselves with physical and mathematical laws. You won’t be able to take them away! Also on this floor is the Maxi Ohhh!, the room reserved for children 0-5 years old.
First floor – Journey into Prehistory where you will find reproductions of Neanderthal and SapiensMan, and various artefacts from the period.
Second floor – Discovering the Geology of the Dolomites, a journey through minerals, fossils and rocks.
Third floor – The Alps, with animal and plant species that populate its territory.
Fourth floor – Reproduction of the Alpine environment. Children can touch a real ice wall and observe technical clothing and mountaineering equipment from the past. The tunnel where high altitude environments are projected is also interesting.
Terrace – From here there is a wonderful view of the Adige Valley from above.
At the Muse in Trento with children: practical info. Workshops
In addition to visiting the museum itself, the Muse periodically organises workshops and themed activities particularly suitable for children, and temporary exhibitions focusing on themes such as sustainability, nature, and science. You can consult the updated calendar here.
How much does the Muse ticket cost?
The full ticket costs €11.00, the reduced ticket (6-26 years) €9.00, free for 0-5 years.
Family rate: 1 adult with 1 or more under-age children €11.00, 2 adults with 1 or more under-age children €22.00.
☛ Cost of the entrance ticket to the Maxi Ooh!
The price for 1 child (0-5 years) accompanied by 1 adult is €2.00. Admission is free if you have a MUSE ticket. If interested, we recommend booking at 0461 270391.
☛ Birthday Day at the Muse
If you go to Muse on your birthday (up to 14 years of age), you and the person accompanying you will have free admission.
How to buy the Muse entrance ticket
Admission tickets to the Muse can be purchased either at the ticket office or online on the official website. Our advice is to buy it online, especially on busy days such as weekends or if it is raining, as if you arrive that the tickets are sold out, you won’t be able to get in.
The time allowed inside the exhibition halls is 3 hours (it takes all of them).
Tickets can be purchased up to 10 days in advance.
To the Muse in Trento with children: practical info. Muse opening hours
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.
10 am to 7 pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
From 7th to 20th August always open from 10am to 7pm.
For opening times on public holidays, check the official website.
More information: parking, buggies, where to eat
The Muse has a large covered car park (2€/h) which is very convenient because it is connected internally to the museum.
Attention – Arrive a little earlier than you booked because at peak times there can be a long queue to enter the car park.
During the visit, you can bring a pushchair and each floor is served by a lift.
Inside the Muse, there is a small café where you can have breakfast or a snack. It is absolutely forbidden to eat inside the exhibition halls. If you have a packed lunch, you can eat it outside, in the large park.
At the Muse in Trento with children: practical info. Muse Garden
In the Muse’s large park, you can find a vegetable garden, aromatic plants, vineyards and the biotope , i.e. a 600 m2 ‘pond’ where various rare aquatic plants live. You can visit it on your own without paying additional tickets.
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