Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci"
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci ("Science Museum"), named after the genius himself, was founded in 1953 and is the largest science and technology museum in Italy. The museum covers 40,000 square metres and is set in an old Benedictine monastery which has several floors and is surrounded by two wonderful cloisters.
The museum is home to more than 10,000 objects that demonstrate how science and technology have evolved and explores the relationship between man and machine from the days of Leonardo da Vinci to the present day.
The museum is divided into various sections: Telecommunications, Astronomy, Goldsmithery, Graphic Arts, Cinema, Horology, Transport, Musical Instruments, Metallurgy, Metal Working, Energy sources and devices. Visitors can enjoy the numerous interactive workshops which are included in the ticket price. Simply book the ones you wish to attend at the Museum's Info Point when you arrive - bear in mind that there are a limited number of places.
The Leonardo Da Vinci gallery is definitely worth a visit. It boasts 130 models that re-create on a smaller scale, the unique civil and military structures designed by Leonardo.
Another favourite is the "Toti": the first submarine to have been built in Italy after the Second World War. Visitors need to book a guided tour in advance, but it is definitely worth the effort as visitors get to wander through the submarine and see how Toti's crew lived and worked as well as the technology they used to navigate the depths.
It is difficult to find street parking near the Museum (especially on Saturday due to the crowded Viale Papiniano market), so we suggeet that you go there by metro (linea verde/green line) and get off at Sant'Ambrogio.
Please note that there are no refreshment areas in the Museum, other than a drinks and snacks machine so make sure you stock up before you go inside.