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'Leonardo da Vinci' National Museum of Science and Technology
'Leonardo da Vinci' National Museum of Science and Technology Foundation
Housed in an early sixteenth-century Olivetan monastery, the "Leonardo da Vinci" National Museum is the largest science and technology museum in Italy and is spread over 40,000m2.
The museum collections - initially set up only in the Edificio Monumentale and then also in the Naval, Air and Railway pavilions - illustrate the evolutions in science and technology starting from the era of Leonardo da Vinci.
The collection of historical models by Leonardo was created to celebrate the fifth centenary of his birth and the working models on display were constructed on the basis of da Vinci's manuscripts. Leonardo's drawings were not limited to design projects for new machines but were also adjustments of existing works, plus, proposals for upgrading objects and also nature studies.
The historic layout of the Leonardo Gallery, where the exhibition of models is enhanced by a series of drawings related to the great scientist’s various interests, is extended by a workshop where visitors can experiment with some of the interactive models to understand how they actually work and they can also try out the artistic techniques used in the Renaissance.
A total of thirteen interactive workshops, related to the museum’s permanent collections, have developed over the years to enable visitors to experience science and understand the technology first-hand.
The fascinating S-506 Enrico Toti submarine. Specialist guides are available for visiting inside.
The aerial screw model devised by Leonardo with which, centuries ahead of his time, the eclectic inventor hypothesised the potential of the propeller: it is impossible to observe the design and not see the antecedent of the helicopter in all the axes and oilcloths.
The famous Foucault pendulum, the simple device conceived as an experiment by the nineteenth-century French physicist to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth.
The Museum conserves a fragment of moon rock collected in the Taurus-Littrow Valley on the last Apollo mission, donated to the Italian Government by President Nixon. It is only put on display to the public for major events or special occasions.
- A visitor in a wheelchair can NOT independently reach the entrance, enter the museum and visit all the rooms. All pavilions are accessible except the Sala Falck and the Toti submarine. Disabled visitors can access the museum from the main entrance in Via San Vittore 21. Wheelchair users can independently reach and use the toilets equipped in compliance with the regulations for persons with physical disabilities.
- Audio guides and an app with audio and video content are available.
- A “Quaderno dell’esploratore” (Explorer’s Logbook) with a PECS system is available to visit the transport collection; materials for the visit can be downloaded from the museum's website.
- Guided tours of the Transport section are available aimed at children with cognitive disabilities
- Wheelchairs are available for visitors to the museum.
- The museum staff members have undertaken disability awareness training.
- The museum is equipped with both audible and visual fire alarm systems.
- Tickets: disabled visitors and one accompanying carer are entitled to free entry.
- Reservations and enquiries can be made via telephone and/or email and on the museum’s website.
- The museum website based on W3C standards www.museoscienza.org is accessible to persons with visual impairment.
- Page dedicated to visitors with disabilities: click here