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Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy, is a space dedicated to the Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most important figures of the High Renaissance.

Its history

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum is a museum that displays more than 50 machines based on Leonardo da Vinci’s codes. The machines were built in life size, are in operation and many can be tried out by visitors.

The museum’s collection is divided into four sections: earth, water, air and fire. The space also has a laboratory for experiments, reproductions of his main paintings, history and studies.

Much more than the creator of the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci is the founder of anatomy and organ function. Da Vinci was also a scientist, mathematician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, architect, poet, botanist and painter.

Born in Anchiano, Italy, in 1452, he lived to be 67 and died in Amboise, France, in 1519. His most famous works are the Mona Lisa (1503, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris), the Last Supper (1498, painted on the wall of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan), and Vitruvian Man (1490, a famous drawing of the human body, based on the work of the Roman architect Vitruvius).

At the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, you can see more than 50 real working machines, all designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The largest room is dedicated to civil machines.

In the second room you can see the flying machines. In the third and fourth room are the war machines.

A documentary on the life of Leonardo da Vinci is also shown in the museum and the museum bookstore has many publications on him and related subjects.


How to get there

The exhibition is permanent and the museum is open every day of the week. The museum is small and the visit takes less than an hour.

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum is only 350 meters from the Duomo of Florence, the city’s cathedral. The Galleria degli Uffizi is only 1 km away, about a 13 minute walk.

April to October: open daily from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm
November to March: Monday-Friday: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am-7:30pm.

Ticket price 8 €.

The museum is located in Via Camillo Cavour, 21, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy.

If you prefer, you can take a cab or a bus (C1 – Parterre). You can do everything in Florence on foot and the attractions are very close.