The temple was built in conjunction with the exhibition celebrating the first centenary of the death of Alessandro Volta (1745 – 1827); strongly wanted and funded directly by industrial comasco and mecenate Francesco Somaini was inaugurated in 1928 on a project by architect he too comasco Federico Frigerio.
Francesco Somaini was occupied directly also the collection of relics, writings and documents on Alessandro Volta and the cotton industry Somaini was built at Lomazzo in 1883, closed in 1974 maintaining factory and village as examples of industrial archeology.
The Architect Frigerio was one of the principal exponents of architectural culture como time. He graduated at the Politecnico of Milan and also at the Accademia delle Belle Arti joining the rigorous training tecnolica also a wide training historic-artistic. The structure created by him is nearer to the palladian style rather than neoclassicism with a reference neoromani intrinsic with a backbone “modern” in reinforced concrete.
The building was constructed with the function to preserve and enhance every type of heirloom that can be connected to the physical and the vicissitude of Como.
The interior decoration of the projections was entrusted to Como Peter Clerici, while the two were of science and faith external, placed at the sides of the entrance, are of twins Carlo and Luigi Rigola.
The permanent exhibition dedicated to the memory of Alessandro Volta allows him to be the most visited museum in Como.
On the ground floor you can find ancient scientific instruments of the time for the trials.
The Gallery on the first floor, always dedicated to turn comprises honors him allocated during the course of life and family letters that have allowed to obtain many useful information on the psychology of the scientist.
In the showcases are also preserved original honors and a selection of celebratory materials diffused in Europe in the two centuries after his death, between which the banknote from ITL 10,000 dedicated dedicated to him until the introduction of the euro which, in the edition of 2002 shows the Volta Temple.
Also present are the themes of the exhibition of Voltiana 1899, of the edification of the Volta Temple and of the International Congress of physicists of 1927.