The National Museum of Science and Technology “Leonardo da Vinci” is located in a beautiful sixteenth century Olivetan monastery in the heart of Milan. It is the biggest science and technology museum in Italy, hosting a collection of about 10,000 items and covering a surface of 40,000 square meters of which 23,000 are dedicated to exhibitions.
Next to the collection departments are 15 interactive laboratories (i.lab) where visitors are involved in activities through emotions, fun and hands-on experiences.
The collections and i.labs are organized in six departments: Materials, Transport, Energy, Communication, Leonardo Art and Science, and New frontiers. They show the most significant stages of mankind’s history and issues of contemporary science and technology.
In the museum, Leonardo’s ideas come to life thanks to a number of reconstructed models. These were built following an interpretation of the master’s original drawings and are now exhibited in the gallery dedicated to his work. From hydraulic engineering to mechanics, from urban design to flight, from anatomy to military engineering, from optics to textile machinery, the museum makes it possible to explore all these subjects with a specific focus on the Milanese period. Leonardo’s i.lab invites visitors to test some of his model machines either by watching, moving or taking them apart. Additionally, it is possible to try-out the unique artistic technique used by Leonardo in his “Last Supper”.