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For Kids, for Teachers, for all People who want to set it up together!

Paolo Beneventi

Cindea Hung

Now the call is for many other people, who have been collaborating with the Museum in the past and who are going to do in the future, as well as for the schools of our network.

Join us and send your pictures, not only those of bugs!

After  working many years with kids and nature, in 2010 - as you can read in the history - Paolo Beneventi put the first Museum on line. During this long time, he never has given up to make it a better thing.

1988 European Year of Environment, Paolo Beneventi runs 4 projects with the children of the kindergarten in Brescia, The River, The Horse, and Nature in Town, with a wide video documentation.

1989-1992. Paolo goes on with other projects on environmental subject in Brescian kindergarten.

1997. First projects in primary and kindergarten schools of Lombardy with Coop Lombardia, video I Bambini e l’Ambiente (Children and Environment)

1998-2002. With many classes of primary and kidergarten schools, the municipality of Brescia and Coop Lombardia, Paolo leads kids exploring the green areas of the town, with the final production of a CR ROM, Alla Scoperta della natura in città (Discovering Nature in the City)

2004-2014 Almost every year,  groups from primary and kidergarten school of Brescia and and surroundings go discovering insects, spiders and centipedes in their school yard or garden, with a huge photo and video documentation. Main Videos: Concittadini Inaspettati, La Natura sotto Casa, Costruiamo insieme il Museo dei Piccoli Animali.

2007 November. The Photo Exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati (Unexpected fellow citizens), by Paolo Beneventi for Coop Lombardia, is set up for the first time in the halls of the Museum of Science in Cremona, with a multimedia catalogue in CD ROM.

Photo exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati. Genova, Feltrinelli Bookshop, 2008

The River (first part), kindergarten, Brescia 1988

 I Bambini e l’Ambiente (Children and Environment), Lombardy 1997

 E' interessante la pigna volante? Video Intro. Kindergarten Brescia 1991

2008, October, The Photo Exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati is Genova at the Feltrinelli bookshop

2009 November. The Photo Exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati is in Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia

2009. A Videoclip: Il Lombrico Joe

2009. The Book I Bambini e l'Ambiente (Children and Environment), by Paolo Beneventi, is out with Edizioni Sonda, Casale Monferrato

9/02/2010. The original Museum is on line, by Paolo Beneventi

14/02/2010. The Museum opens its own group on Facebook.

2010 May. A workshop by Paolo with children in the precincts of Ambiente Parco, and a project with Galleria della Natura, Brescia, Italy

Videos are embedded in the Museum from a new YouTube channel, of teacher solomk7, Marika Rongo, from Putignano, Italy

October 2010. Paolo and Scuola di Robotica are in schools to work about insects and robots.

29/10-5/12 2010. The exhibition Copioni e Copiati, is set in Genoa, by some Museum advisors.

2011, 31/04 - 05/06. The exhibition Concittadini inaspettati is in Brescia, by Cooperativa Lavoratori of Mompiano.

2011, May 05. The Museum takes part in the meeting of Scatti di Scienza Under 18. Milan, Italy.

2011 May . Art Studio Mali Monmartr, Belgrade, Serbia, joins the Museum with a series of drawings and ceramics.

2012, September. The Children’s Virtual Museum of Small Animals is chapter n. 1 in Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements, published by IGI Global. See the Abstract.

Photo exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati, Brescia, Museo di Santa Giulia 2009

Photo exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati, Rudiano (Brescia) 2008

Photo exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati Cremona, Museo di Storia Naturale 2007


2013-2014: Paolo's e-book of Photography, Science and Poetry are out with MammeOnLine / Matilda editrice: Mosche, Imenotteri, Coleotteri, Emitteri.

2015 October - December. The video of the Museum takes part in the festivals of Cordoba, Argentina, and Pyrgos, Greece.

2015 December. The whole 3rd primary schools in Pyrgos, Greece, joins the project of the Museum looking for pictures of insects on the field.

2015 December. The Museum re-opens, widely re-designed, hosted in the Terra Insieme web domain, and re-launched by a new, international group. A great support is given by the Organic Garden Dream group from Cindea Hung, Taiwan, whose members begin to publish especially in the Museum Facebook Group.

2016. It begins a cooperation with Scuola Verde of Gran Sasso. Paolo makes a short quick video and a project is proposed to schools.

2016 Video trailer for the Museum, with English text and Italian voice

2017, August 16: Last update of the Museum on the old web site, then

 a long pause, looking for new and more effective solutions.

2017 -  Many people from different parts of the world go on sharing

pictures of small animals in the Facebook group. Some new videos are published in Paolo Beneventi and Terra Insieme YouTube channels.

2020 August. In times of Covid19, a summer remote activity for kids is proposed by the Museum and Insieme on line of Hub48: “A Bugs's life”.

2021, april. Museum comes back, with a completely new site and other projects, from the collaboration with Saperenetwork.


Once upon a time they were people who tried to publish digital works,  different from usual books and traditional audiovisual products and also from websites that people surf in a few minutes.  We made a CD ROM about the experience of the children of Brescia discovering Nature, with their pictures and voices (2002), another about marine protected areas in Italy (2004), as well as the multimedia catalogue of the exhibition Concittadini Inaspettati.

Cindea met Paolo at the Global Junior Challenge in Rome, taking part with her Organic Garden Dream. She has taken many other people in the project and is administrator in Facebook group, where the Museum has survived for years,

Who When How


The Museum long previous History

Go looking around in your environment!

Take still pictures and videos of insects, spiders, millipedes, invertebrates!

Send them by email (or dedicated software or platform in case of big files) to the Museum, with author, date, place!

There is an editorial board, that periodically puts in order the stuff is in the rooms of the museum.

• Pages are in construction where all the participants in the Museum can easily communicate with one another, directly, from any part of the world, according to our own rules.

And the Museum itself is a work to be built together, finding out how to do it well. We all, kids included, can be makers of many things, not only consumers, for a better life and active citizenship.


Send pictures by email !