IL MUSEO DI ZOOLOGIA DI PALERMO - THE ZOOLOGY MUSEUM OF PALERMO

Daniele Enea

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Abstract

[automatically translated] The university museums have unique issues intimately tied to chairs and to the structures that house them. The University of Palermo, from the date of its founding in 1805, has followed the evolution of scientific theories developed in a particularly fertile period. Zoology is, in particular, a sector that, for reasons linked to the characteristics of Sicily, has generated considerable interest and has had its genesis, as an academic discipline in Palermo, only in 1862, thanks to Prof. Peter Doderlein, He transferred from the University of Modena to instate the chair and to found a zoological museum. The current university organization into departments see the zoological museum housed in the premises of the Department of Animal Biology, which is part of the Via Archirafi University Pole, it realized from the first decade of 1900, in the immediate vicinity of the existing Botanical Garden. The headquarters of the museum, housed first along the corridors of the Palace of the first seat of the University, in the former convent of the Teatini on Via Maqueda, it has been moved from 1914 in the building specially built in via Archirafi, where he still continues to be located. The contribution, after examining the origins of the museum collection, faces the problem of storage, the location and the usability of these cultural assets. In particular, the history of the museum follows the fortunes of the evolution of the Institute of Zoology, designed to provide a forum for teaching the subject at that time closely connected comparative anatomy. The enhancements made in the time allowed to allocate to the collection, a new dedicated "space" more appropriate than the first irrational placement; with the dedicated space, the museum has acquired the name of its founder, Prof. Doderlein. The museum collection is divided into different areas of interest, including those of ichthyology, ornithology, entomology, herpetology, and the one on marine invertebrates, particularly rich in all copies and which have as their origin the entire Mediterranean basin. In the museum, it is faced with the problem of compatibility of the contexts which house the collections, in relation to the specificity of the existing findings, that need careful attention for proper storage. Given the special nature of the elements of the collections, the aspects related to the adopted storage systems are examined, giving a critical reading and indicating measures for the improvement of the current conditions. University museums have peculiar problems intimately connected to the chairs and the structures Which lodge them. The University of Palermo, since the date of its foundation, in 1805, has Followed the evolution of scientific theories developed in a Particularly Prolific period. The Zoology is just a sector Which, even for Reasons bound to the characteristics of Sicilian territory, has provoked a remarkable interest and has had its genesis, as an academic discipline in Palermo, only in 1862, thanks to Prof. Peter Doderlein, Transferred from the University of Modena to institute the chair and found the Zoology Museum. The current university departments in the organization is such That the Zoology museum is lodged` inside the department of Animal Biology, being part of the university pole in Archirafi street, Realized at the beginning of the first decade of 1900, in the immediate vicinity of the existing Botanical Garden. The seat of the museum, lodged` at first along the corridors of the Palace, first seat of the University, in the former monastery of
Original languageItalian
Pages167-168
Number of pages0
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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