Sede del museo - Vecchi Macelli e Museo del Calcolo (G. Gattiglia) photogallery Sede del museo - Vecchi Macelli e Museo del Calcolo (G. Gattiglia)

These premises, once the town slaughterhouse, were entirely renovated in the second half of the 1990s and now house the Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo (Museum of calculating machines). This important museum marks Pisa as one of the uppermost centres for the history of calculating machines and information technology.

The museum occupies two buildings and its collection spans five hundred years of history,past abacuses and adding machines, proportional compasses and slide rules up to the earliest calculators and personal computers, through the main stages in the evolution of calculating machines.

Apart from the collection itself, divided into three parts (scientific instruments, calculators and large calculators), there is a rich archive of notes, manuscripts and letters from famous people like Antonio Pacinotti, Enrico Fermi and Riccardo Felici.

The scientific instruments on show range from the 17th century to the present; each one is provided with a description, an explanation of how it works, restorations carried out, historical notes and a short list of reference works. On show is also a geometrical compass invented by Galileo Galilei that probably belonged to him. It was one of the first instruments capable of carrying out complex mathematical and geometrical calculations.

One of the most famous pieces in the museum is the Calcolatrice Elettronica Pisana (CEP- Pisan Electronic Calculator): built in 1961, it was one of the first large computers to be built completely in Italy. 

Text compiled by the Società storica Pisana - (G. Gattiglia; trad. E. Hastings Philpott)
Last update 18/06/2013
Address: Via Nicola Pisano, 27, 56126 Pisa
Connected routes: Lungarni Santa Maria ovest

STILL IN THE ITINERARY LUNGARNI

Facciata - Chiesa di S. Silvestro (Lucarelli, wikimediacommons) Facciata - Chiesa di S. Silvestro (Lucarelli, wikimediacommons)
This church was founded in about 1118 by Benedictine monks from Montecassino, who ...
read more
Abside e campanile - Chiesa San Michele degli Scalzi (S. Manfrin) Abside e campanile - Chiesa San Michele degli Scalzi (S. Manfrin)
The Church of S. Michele is in the east part of Pisa. ...
read more
Struttura - SMS, Centro Espositivo San Michele degli Scalzi (Gnoix, wikimediacommons) Struttura - SMS, Centro Espositivo San Michele degli Scalzi (Gnoix, wikimediacommons)
Built on the site where the Richard Ginori ceramics factory once stood and ...
read more
Giardino Scotto (F. Anichini) Giardino Scotto (F. Anichini)
Archaeological sources reveal that this area was already inhabited in Roman times. ...
read more
Facciata - Palazzo Lanfranchi (G. Gattiglia) Facciata - Palazzo Lanfranchi (G. Gattiglia)
This palazzo takes its name from the Lanfranchi family who re-structured it and lived ...
read more
Interno - Chiesa di San Sepolcro (Tango7174) Interno - Chiesa di San Sepolcro (Tango7174)
This octagonal Church, built from locally quarried stone and lit by slit windows, is ...
read more
Torre dell'orologio - Palazzo Pretorio (G. Gattiglia) Torre dell'orologio - Palazzo Pretorio (G. Gattiglia)
The aim of alterations in the 18th and 19th centuries was to renovate buildings and ...
read more
Facciata sul Lungarno - Palazzo Mosca (M. Febbraro) Facciata sul Lungarno - Palazzo Mosca (M. Febbraro)
Palazzo Mosca is a combination of several buildings dating from the late 12th century ...
read more
Palazzo Giuli-Rosselmini-Gualandi (Palazzo Blu) (Saliko, wikimediacommons) Palazzo Giuli-Rosselmini-Gualandi (Palazzo Blu) (Saliko, wikimediacommons)
In the 1300s, Palazzo Blu belonged to the Dell’Agnellos, an important family in the ...
read more
Abside - Chiesa di Santa Cristina (M. Febbraro) Abside - Chiesa di Santa Cristina (M. Febbraro)
Mentioned for the first time in the 8th century, the Church of St. ...
read more
Walking in the City

The Old Slaughterhouse and Museum of Calculating Machines

Sede del museo - Vecchi Macelli e Museo del Calcolo (G. Gattiglia)

These premises, once the town slaughterhouse, were entirely renovated in the second half of the 1990s and now house the Museo degli Strumenti per il Calcolo (Museum of calculating machines). This important museum marks Pisa as one of the uppermost centres for the history of calculating machines and information technology.

The museum occupies two buildings and its collection spans five hundred years of history,past abacuses and adding machines, proportional compasses and slide rules up to the earliest calculators and personal computers, through the main stages in the evolution of calculating machines.

Apart from the collection itself, divided into three parts (scientific instruments, calculators and large calculators), there is a rich archive of notes, manuscripts and letters from famous people like Antonio Pacinotti, Enrico Fermi and Riccardo Felici.

The scientific instruments on show range from the 17th century to the present; each one is provided with a description, an explanation of how it works, restorations carried out, historical notes and a short list of reference works. On show is also a geometrical compass invented by Galileo Galilei that probably belonged to him. It was one of the first instruments capable of carrying out complex mathematical and geometrical calculations.

One of the most famous pieces in the museum is the Calcolatrice Elettronica Pisana (CEP- Pisan Electronic Calculator): built in 1961, it was one of the first large computers to be built completely in Italy. 

Address:
mappa

USEFUL INFORMATION

TipologiaTypology
MUSEUMS
CondividiShare:
Google

TO EAT

RISTORANTE VOLTURNO216m

Via Volturno, 23 - Pisa
Tel.: 050 2200293

LA GASTRONOMIA TOSCANA DI BANDECCA NADIA E C SNC268m

Via Gabba Carlo Francesco, 2 - Pisa
Tel.: 050 552072

INDIA365m

Via Roma, 52 - Pisa
Tel.: 050 48513

VIEW ALL


TO SLEEP

CASAMIA157m

Via Pietro da Pisa, 13 - Pisa
Tel.: 050 42229

TOWER\'S GARDEN176m

Via Pietro da Pisa , 6 - Pisa
Tel.: 320 1538598
E-mail: giulia_bargagna@yahoo.it
Sito: www.towersgarden.com

MENNUCCI FRANCESCO221m

Via Risorgimento, 20 - Pisa
Tel.: 349 6090935
E-mail: tencopisa@gmail.com

VIEW ALL