Leonardo Da Vinci science museum

Address: Via San Vittore 21, Milan, 20123, Italy
Telephone: 02 4855 5455

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Learn from Leonardo's wacky machines and tour a submarine.

The museum - officially the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecina Leonardo Da Vinci - is geek heaven, and actually fascinating for everyone else as well. Housed in a 16th-century monastery with many additions, the science and technology museum is the largest science museum in Italy. Most people make a beeline for the Leonardo Gallery, where you can see life-sized models of the master’s various scientific inventions; they were built from his drawings to celebrate his 500th birthday. It’s a great place to start but don’t neglect the rest. There are steam trains and horse-drawn trams, helicopters and a submarine, interactive energy displays and whole power plants - even a goldsmith’s workshop. The musical instruments section contains a magnificent array of string and wind instruments from the 17th-20th centuries.

It’s an eclectic and slightly eccentric look at science and technology, but there really is something for everyone, with plenty of hands on knobs and buttons to press.

Value for money

Price advice

Entrance costs eight euros, concessions six euros.

Expert tips

On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and on Saturday mornings, lab activities are reserved for schools and booked groups.

The one sad but inevitable thing from a tourist perspective is that the children's activities are in Italian only. However, there's still plenty to keep the whole family happy.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education
  • Sightseeing
  • History