Palazzo Tosio is the current home of the University of Brescia, Academy of sciences and arts letters, but it is not the only aspect of his bicentennial history. The University was founded in 1801 in its original location until 1888, the year of its move to the Palazzo Martinengo from Barco. In 1908 the two merged soon Martinengo art galleries and in the only complex called "Tosio Martinengo". The Art Gallery houses the collections of the two families over the years were divided in Brescia city museums: the Museum of Natural Science, the Risorgimento Museum and the Pinacoteca Civica Tosio Martinengo. In fact, with the death of Paul Tosio, the last owner of the palace, the art collections were donated to the town to set up a Civic Gallery. The palace underwent a period of great decline, between 1940 and 1948 because of World War II, suffering the destruction by bombing. They followed the whole restoration work on the floors and frescoed decorations that can be admired today. Today the building is open to the public to visit the apartment and admire the many works on display that were the Tosio collection, following the collaboration with the Brescia Museum Foundation.

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