- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
First opened to the public in 1953 with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, whom the museum was named after and inspired by, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia (National Science and Technology Museum) is the largest museum of science and technology in Italy and one of the most important in the world.
The aim of the museum is to educate and engage new audiences about scientific phenomena in a practical way and it successfully manages this through the use of interactive workshops that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Housing the largest collection in the world of car models made from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci it also includes reconstructions of his famous flying machine and many of his original drawings can also be viewed.
Collections are organised by the following departments: Materials, Transportation, Energy, Communication, Leonardo Arts & Science, New Frontiers and Science for Children.
There is even a real submarine that you can visit (reservations to be made at the front desk – separate ticket is required) plus a number of old steam trains to climb aboard, aeroplanes and even a full-scale reconstruction of the ballroom and bridge of an ocean liner.
The main museum building with its beautiful cloisters dates back to the early 16th century when it served as a monastery for Olivetan monks.