The Volta Temple

The Volta Temple, inaugurated in July 1928 and donated by the Como-born industrialist Francesco Somaini to the city of Como, was conceived as a new home that kept the discoveries and originals of the scientific instruments used by Alessandro Volta.

Somaini wanted the building to be worthy of the great scientist from Como not only for the high scientific value of the content, but also for its monumental appearance that gave the city new luster.
The architect Federico Frigerio was chosen as the designer, who created the work in neoclassical style referring explicitly to the Pantheon. It is the only mausoleum in the world raised in memory of a scientist. Here you can admire portraits, sculptures, medals, personal objects, documents, books and photographic reproductions.

The exhibits are a rich collection of devices, machines and tools, which allow the visitor to easily and completely identify the themes that were the subject of Alessandro Volta’s studies and research, starting with the invention of the battery, to continue with the fundamental contributions in the field of electrology, in the study of gases and their properties.
Many of the exhibited materials are originals of Volta, others are faithful reconstructions to make up for the loss of the originals, destroyed by the fire of 1899.

Viale Marconi
+39 031574705

From Tuesday to Sunday:
10 am – 6 pm
Last admission at 5.30 pm
Closed on Mondays, January 1st, January 6th, April 21st, November 1st, December 25th and 26th
Open on April 22nd

Full price € 4
Reduced price € 2

Groups minimum 15 people
Children from 6 to 17 years
Senior over 70 years
Free admission
Children under 6 years
Severely disabled people + accompanying person
Journalists and tour guides whit valid certificate
Card musei Lombardia
ICOM members

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