This little museum was very near our hotel on Via Cavour (about 10 minutes walk from the Duomo) and we kept seeing the brochures promoting a visit to the museum combined with pizza and a drink. We were delighted with the museum but would recommend absolutely avoiding the "meal deal".
Spread through a number of small rooms the museum showcases working models and explains a large number of da Vinci's experimental designs and inventions. Many are interactive and the youngsters visiting were certainly enjoying activating things. You are given a detailed guidebook for your walk through, but each exhibit is also labelled and there are videos as several spots with more detail. There is also quite a long video at the end. The gift shop has an interesting range of items.
da Vinci's designs include everything from flying machines to ball bearings and fulcrums which are actually more interesting than that sentence would indicate. The museum certainly captures the genius of the man and makes you think about the various ways many of his ideas have been developed into tools of war and concepts we take for granted today.
Certainly easy to spend a minimum of 45 minutes and possibly a couple of hours.
Now, about that meal deal offer. Skip it. Nasty small portion of lukewarm cheese pizza and a small glass of soft drink or water poured by a disinterested and clearly bored-out-of-his brain server who was more interested in his mobile phone than in cleaning up the few tiny and very messy tables in the small dining area. Along via Cavour are a lot of preferable options. Don't judge the museum by it's cafe neighbour.
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