Tickets for National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci: Skip The Line
Largest science and tech museum in Italy
- More than meets the eye. Until 1 May, see Transformers Art, with 8 enormous metallic sculptures based on artist Danilo Baletic's childhood heroes
- 50,000 m2 of investigation into science and technology, with 16,000 historical objects and 13 interactive laboratories
- See models of Leonardo da Vinci's designs of war machines, flying machines, and more in a cutting-edge science museum housed in a 16th-century monastery
- Get into a hands-on museum dedicated to spreading the understanding of scientific phenomena (and showing their practical application)
Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia) is housed in a 16th-century monastery, and features a collection of more than 16,000 items - including models based on da Vinci's engineering sketches. It's a fascinating place to delve into the mind of whiz-genius overachiever da Vinci, and learn about cutting-edge tech. On now: Transformers Art, by Montenegrin artist Danilo Baletic, robotic sculptures from 3-8 meters tall.
Leonardo da Vinci was a true Renaissance man (and not just because he was alive during the Italian Renaissance).
His interests ranged from the study of nature and anatomy to military and hydraulic engineering. Not only a renowned painter, he's often credited with inventing the parachute, helicopter and tank. His observations and ideas can be seen in the thousands of drawings made throughout his life and career as painter and engineer.
And Milan's National Museum of Science and Technology is a fitting tribute: huge and filled with experiments on subjects from energy to communication, its scope seems to reflect the great man's restless mind.
There are seven different departments, each of which studies and researches in the areas of their collection, as well as creating exhibitions and educational activities. Highlights include the New Frontiers Department, with its space area (including a chunk of moon rock),the Conte Biancamano Ocean Liner and the submarine Enrico Toti.
Kids in particular love the engaging interactivity, but really the whole family will find the time flying by, the way da Vinci hoped his 'ornithopter' would.
Come curious and leave engaged and informed (and even more curious). A hot tip: the museum is so engaging that you can easily spend a whole day here - so long as you keep the blood sugar up. There's no café, but if you pack lunch and/or snacks you can avoid eating lunch out of a vending machine, and watch your child's eyes grow wide with wonder all day long.
- Entry to the Enrico Toti submarine and the helicopter flight simulator
- The easiest way to reach the museum is by taking Metro M2 (Green line) to S. Ambrogio and walk about 280 m to the museum