AST ROOM AT MUST (National Museum of Science and Technology)

2013 saw the inauguration of the Steel Area at the “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology, realised in collaboration with the Arvedi Group.

The exhibition allows the visitor to discover why steel is so important for our daily life, how it is in absolute terms one of the most recyclable and re-used materials and how, as in the case of the Arvedi Group, technological innovation has allowed significant steps forward to be made in the direction of environmental sustainability.

“I am honoured to have collaborated with the realisation of the Steel Area alongside the ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ Museum which, also on this occasion, confirms it is an outstanding institution in our country. Within the Area is the testimony of the innovative production cycle at our steelworks in Cremona. But what is more important” – comments Giovanni Arvedi, Chairman of the steelmaking group that is one of the world’s leaders in the sector – “is to show the thousands of visitors to the Museum, above all the many young ones, what manufacturing steel means: a mixture of history, technology and using materials which is extraordinarily fascinating. Whoever visits the new Area immediately feels they are entering into steel’s life cycle: from its production to its many uses until it becomes scrap, a precious recycling material which gives new life to an essential product for modern life”.

“Iron and all its alloys, but especially steel, have an important role at the Museum, not just because of the important technical, scientific and social breakthroughs linked to these materials throughout history, but also because the Metals collection brings together some of the Museum’s most important assets”, pointed out Fiorenzo Galli, General Manager of the National Museum of Science and Technology. “This new permanent area tells the story of innovation through a wholly Italian case of excellence. The Museum has experimented a new use of technology applied to a museum exhibition, which becomes an integral part of it and makes the visit an even more engaging experience. On a complex subject such as steel’s life cycle, the new Area allows the visitor to see in a unique and exciting way what otherwise would be seen only by a few”.

Interactive exhibits, historical and highly modern items complete the spectacular journey into the production of steel from scrap, discovering properties and applications of a material that has revolutionised the world and has known how to evolve, inserted into a scenographic multimedia installation which allows us to “immerge ourselves” into the world of steel. 

Inside the exhibition area, steel takes life in an unconventional way on high definition screens, offering the visitor an even more engaging and interactive experience. 

The master sculptor Helidon Xhixha has donated one of his works in stainless steel which is placed at the entrance to the Room.  “The combination of Art and Innovation is a valuable theme: culture is an essential value for the world of business and, above all, a moment for forming the individual person.  In this vision, technology makes a wealth of knowledge available to everyone, creating that link between tradition and innovation that is one of the driving forces of progress. The history of steel and the aspects linked with its processing through innovation reflect the history of creativeness and the search of advanced productions able to improve our daily lives.” 

Resistant, durable and recyclable. Steel is not on the periodic table, but it has invaded our daily lives. From the workshops of early craftsmen to large-scale industrial automation, the Museum Curator, Francesca Olivini, accompanies us on a discovery of how this material and its properties have evolved historically and technologically.