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“Little gem, worth seeing but eat somewhere else”

Museo Leonardo Da Vinci
Ranked #82 of 659 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Over the years the Collection has grown so much, now reaching more than 243 models, that is has overtaken various collections in museums all around the world. Each of the machines in the Collection has been built using materials of the time being wood, metal, ropes and fabrics and interestingly, in the course of construction, many astounding mechanical findings have been revealed. Our research team has expanded over the years and now includes a really talented study group of scholars consisting of Historians, Engineers, Architects, Educators, Artisans and Craftsmen, whose expertise and knowledge has contributed enormously to improve the outcome of our scientific and historical research. The Collection has also been enriched with ‘Vitruvian Machines’, at least those we know of thanks to the writings of that great Roman Engineer of the first century BC., by other important ‘Greek-Roman Machines’ and some from the era of ‘Ancient Egypt’. Our research team also undertakes projects on behalf of third parties and is very proud of the rediscovery of the lost mechanism of Leonardo’s Robot and a new hypothesis for the motion of the Mechanical Lion. Of key importance to us is that the findings and rewards of our research and work is accessible for everyone to witness and enjoy. Therefore, in addition to The Collection being available to Museums, Art Galleries, Organizations, private exhibitions and for shopping mall displays, we’ve made provision for rental opportunities to smaller groups for School activities, Conferences and even Renaissance themed dinners.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 13 August 2014

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.

3  Thank binduAustralia
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

This was an interesting little museum full of replicas of inventions that da Vinci had created over his lifetime. Some you could even touch and play with. There is a really interesting video, however it is 90 minutes long and in a room that has terrible acoustics, so we didn't see all of it and barely heard anything.

Don't go for the meal deal. For an extra euro you could get a drink and piece of pizza. The pizza was just a re-heated from frozen thing, not very tasty.

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

This museum is very fun and educative for teenagers. It shows many inventions of Leonardo da Vinci and the physic behind it. However, the museum is rather small (4 rooms) so you visit it within 30 minutes maximum. Most people will visit it in 20 minutes so it is a bit short for a 5 euros ticket entrance (students price). Be careful not to go to Leonardo da Vinci Activities Museum, since the price is the same and the museum is way smaller. By the way, don't go to both since they offer the exact same stuff.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I'm a big fan of the series Da Vinci's Demons, and of course, Leonardo Da Vinci himself. There are so many invention on display has appeared in the show, and I found it very very interesting! I think it's a good place for kids to learn simple and practical physics with the help of Leonardo Da Vinci's invention.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Our 11-year-old daughter spotted this in the guidebook and was intrigued, so we sought it out -- there are two Leonardo museums in town and it's easy to confuse them; this one focuses on his machines (Le Macchine di Leonardo Da Vinci). What a fantastic place! It turned out to be a very worthwhile stop. The hands-on, interactive exhibits really bring Leonardo's work alive. I could have played with the Archimedean screw all day. It's a pair of copper pipes wound around an inclined cylinder. Turn it, and water climbs uphill from the reservoir and pours out the high end. At first, it's very counter-intuitive but because you can operate the exhibit, you can (eventually) figure out exactly what's happening and how it works. We toured so many ancient architectural sites during our vacation, the building-blocks model that demonstrates how a keystone works was particularly illuminating. If you're travelling with a Rick Steves guidebook, show it at the door for a couple of euros off the 7 euro adult /5 euro child admission prices, which makes it an even better value.

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