Pit yourself against the genius of Leonardo da Vinci at this museum dedicated to the Italian luminary. Alongside dozens of working models of Leonardo’s inventions, a workshop gives you the chance to do some building of your own. With multimedia exhibits and hands-on displays, the Leonardo da Vinci Museum is a fun stop for kids and adults.The Basics
The immersive museum takes an in-depth journey into Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering and mechanical inventions. Browse the interactive life-size machines modeled after the inventor’s original sketches, and see high-resolution images of some of Leonardo’s most famous works of art. Then, head to the workshop and attempt to construct Leonardo’s arched bridge, dome, and polyhedrons. Book your ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line to enter.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- An explanation in five languages, including English, accompanies each machine.
- The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
- There’s no museum cafè, but the neighborhood has plenty of dining options.
- There’s an on-site gift shop selling models and other souvenirs.
An easy walk from the train station and top attractions, the museum is located on Via dei Servi in the historic center of Florence, halfway between the Duomo and the Accademia Gallery.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day (hours vary depending on the season), and is a welcome break from the summer heat and crowds of the Duomo.Leonardo da Vinci Museums Across Italy
You’ll find several Leonardo-themed museums in Italy, including collections in Rome, Milan, and Vinci, Leonardo’s hometown. The Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence stands out for its engaging, hands-on atmosphere and workshop where kids and adults can learn the secrets of Leonardo’s building techniques.