The Leonardo3 Museum is an interactive exhibition dedicated to Italy's greatest luminary: Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibit, known as The World of Leonardo, includes more than 200 interactive machines and working models based on Leonardo's designs and a digitized version of the entire Codex Atlanticus, containing the inventor’s notes and sketches.
Leonardo3 focuses on Leonardo as Renaissance man, both engineer and artist. Some of the physical models on display have never been built before, and all are constructed according to Leonardo's illuminated drawings. In addition, the exhibit includes a digital restoration of The Last Supper and a number of musical instruments. You can explore the museum independently or with the help of an audio guide in English, and there are a number of hands-on displays and touch screens that further explain the machines and models.
A visit to this engaging exhibition is easily combined with a tour of Milan's most famous sights, including the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano) and Sforza Castle (Castello Sforzesco). Leonardo3 is also one of the museums included in the Milano Card pass.
Things to Know Before You Go
- With its engaging, interactive collection, Leonardo3 is a fun stop for both kids and adults.
- The museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
- The mechanically minded are especially fascinated by the extensive collection of working machines and models.
- There is a small gift shop selling Leonardo-themed souvenirs.
How to Get There
The Leonardo3 exhibit is in Piazza della Scala, at the entrance of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II right in the center of Milan.
When to Get There
This indoor museum is the perfect place to spend a few hours on one of Milan's famously scorching afternoons in the summer or blustery days in the winter.
The exhibition includes a number of Leonardo's flying machines, a submarine, time machine, mechanical dragonfly, rapid-fire crossbow, mechanical eagle, and mechanical lion.