Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci" in Milan is the largest science and technology museum in Italy, and is dedicated to Italian painter and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. It was opened on 5 February 1953 and inaugurated by the prime minister of Italy, Alcide De Gasperi.[1]

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci"
LocationVia S. Vittore 21 - 20123 Milan - Italy
DirectorFiorenzo Galli

The museum, in the ancient monastery of San Vittore al Corpo in Milan, is divided into seven main departments:[2]

  • Materials
  • Transport
  • Energy
  • Communication
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Art & Science
  • New Frontiers
  • Science for young people

Each of these departments have laboratories especially for children and young students. The Transport section is made up of four different parts: air, rail, water and Submarine Enrico Toti-S-506.[3]

Materials section

The Materials section treats the life cycle of modern products from raw materials to recycling. Specific sections are dedicated to polymeric and synthesis materials and to the basic chemical manufacturing. There is also a metal section that illustrates the metal extraction and processing techniques and exhibits the first electric arc furnace for melting steel invented in 1898 by Ernesto Stassano.

Transport section

The transport section is divided in four different sections:

Energy section

The Energy section is dedicated to energy sources and device. In this part of the museum there are the Margherita thermoelectric power station (1895) and an oil industry/petrochemistry section.

Communication section

The communication section is divided in three different areas:

  • The Astronomy section shows several antique astronomic and topographical instruments including two celestial and earth globe of 17th century, the Salmoiraghi refracting telescope and a Foucault pendulum.
  • The Telecommunication section is dedicated to all form of modern era communication from telegraph to telephone and wireless communication, and from radio to the modern television with a global view of the technical history of Italian television.
  • The Sound section shows main technologies for recording and reproducing sound from the 19th century to the modern times.

Leonardo da Vinci, Art & Science section

One of the most characteristic sections of the museum is the Leonardo da Vinci, Art & Science area. This department of the museum is divided in four parts:

  • The Jewelry collection shows precious objects from stones and gems to metals including gold and ivory jewelry.
  • The Leonardo da Vinci section exhibits many Leonardo Machine reproduced from Da Vinci drawings like an hydraulic saw, a spinning machine, a flying machine or the Leonardo’s Tank. The models of the collection are the fruit of a reinterpretation, by a group of expert, which has translated and completed his drawings.
  • The Horology collection shows the evolution of watchmaking and shows several pendulums, ancient clocks, personal watches and tower mechanisms.
  • The Musical Instruments section exhibits instruments from 17th to 20th centuries. A reconstruction of a lutemaker’s workshop from the 17th century is exposed in this part of the museum.

See also


  1. "Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci"". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. "Departments - museoscienza". Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. "Sottomarino S-506 Enrico Toti - museoscienza". Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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