Who we are

University Museum Network (SMA)

In 1543, for the first time in history, a Botanic Garden was created in Pisa. The purpose of its creation was to be “utile alli scholari” (“useful to students”), as its founder Luca Ghini wrote in his report for the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo de’ Medici.

The University of Pisa (1343) was already two centuries old at that time. But it was only from that moment on that it began to preserve, catalogue and organize for educational purposes the researches and the activities of those who passionately had taught there.

The University Museum Network, the heir to the previous Museum Commission (1982), was established in September 2012. Today it collects the mandate of the first pioneers, through collections that allow to admire the whole historical, scientific and artistic heritage gathered by each segment of the University.

An exhibition itinerary consisting of ten structures (nine city museums and the Natural History Museum of Calci). The museum’s exhibitions educate visitors on the development of knowledge and methods of investigation in the different disciplines. The University Museum Network of Pisa is a sort of journey through the main stages of the evolution of modern scientific and cultural thought.

The University Museum Network of Pisa, thanks to its educational and training activities, contributes to both university and school didactics and to the dissemination of culture, in order to fulfil the so-called “third mission“. Many of its activities are part of public engagement.

Organization of SMA

The University Museum Network of Pisa is mentioned in Article 38 of the University Statute and in Articles 148-157 of the University General Regulations. It is governed by its own Regulations. Organs The organs of the University Museum Network are the Chairperson and the Steering and Control Committee governed by articles 149, 150, 151 of the University’s General Regulations.

Chairperson: Chiara Bodei (since 1 December 2017)

Steering and Control Committee:


Annual Activities Reports of the University Museum Network


SMA 2019 Report


SMA 2018 Report


SMA 2017 Report


Previous management