The life of the museum

The scientific activity: research, study, preservation

The constant influx from disparate locations of exhibits, sometimes still unknown to science, clearly led to the concurrent development of research activities. The precious collections were and are still studied by specialists from around the world. In this regard, the presence of a high number of “types”, that is to say, the first specimens collected, described and published for each species, is highly significant. The results of the research carried out by the Museum staff and by Italian and foreign scholars in collaboration with the museum are collected in the volumes of the “Annals”, first printed with Giacomo Doria in 1870 and still published to this day. Together with its supplement “Doriana”, the Annals are sent to the major naturalistic institutes around the world. It is exactly through the exchange of publications that the library of the Museum is enriched by periodicals of various origins, which integrate the classical and modern books continually purchased. With approximately 85,000 volumes and extracts, as well as a thousand periodicals, the library has a naturalistic, predominantly zoological character.
The scientific life of the museum, however, is not only expressed through research, but also in the proper preservation of the collections, their continuous growth, reorganisation, classification and cataloguing.

The publishing activity: the exhibition, cultural events, guided tours

The relationship with the public is carried out mainly through the exhibition in the museum. The specimens are presented in appropriately lightened showcases, accompanied by additional information (diagrams, captions, photographs) on the life, characteristics, relationship with man, etc., of the species contained in them. In this way, an attempt was made to offer a more pleasant and articulate visit of the museum, possibly inspiring visitors to further investigation. To this end, the showcases are subject to continuous improvements, hence the signs with the caption “Showcase under construction” which sometimes appear in one of the rooms.
On the ground floor of the building, a large hall houses the frequent exhibitions promoted by the Museum, often in collaboration with other agencies. These exhibitions are usually accompanied by series of conferences, debates, and projections of natural films, hosted in the amphitheatre of the museum. These events are promptly advertised through mass media, posters, and leaflets.

The associations

The presence of the Museum in public life is also felt through the bustling activities of the organisations based in the building of the museum with which they often collaborate.
- The Società degli Amici del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” di Genova, founded in 1927, provides valuable help in increasing the Museum’s holdings, by expanding the collections and the library. It also organises excursions and cultural events.
- Pro Natura - Genova, founded in 1954, seeks to promote environmental knowledge and protection, to raise awareness especially among young people, through conferences and excursions. It publishes a bi-monthly newsletter entitled “Pro Natura Genova” and contributes to the journal “Natura e Società”, published by the National Federation Pro Natura.
- The Società Entomologica Italiana, founded in 1869, with registered office in the Museum since 1922, aims to contribute to the study and dissemination of research on insects. It publishes two scientific journals: “Bollettino” and “Memorie”.