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“Poor value, not much there”

Leonardo Da Vinci Machines
Ranked #80 of 631 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: Over the years the Collection has grown so much, now reaching more than 243 models, that is has overtaken various collections in museums all around the world. Each of the machines in the Collection has been built using materials of the time being wood, metal, ropes and fabrics and interestingly, in the course of construction, many astounding mechanical findings have been revealed. Our research team has expanded over the years and now includes a really talented study group of scholars consisting of Historians, Engineers, Architects, Educators, Artisans and Craftsmen, whose expertise and knowledge has contributed enormously to improve the outcome of our scientific and historical research. The Collection has also been enriched with ‘Vitruvian Machines’, at least those we know of thanks to the writings of that great Roman Engineer of the first century BC., by other important ‘Greek-Roman Machines’ and some from the era of ‘Ancient Egypt’. Our research team also undertakes projects on behalf of third parties and is very proud of the rediscovery of the lost mechanism of Leonardo’s Robot and a new hypothesis for the motion of the Mechanical Lion. Of key importance to us is that the findings and rewards of our research and work is accessible for everyone to witness and enjoy. Therefore, in addition to The Collection being available to Museums, Art Galleries, Organizations, private exhibitions and for shopping mall displays, we’ve made provision for rental opportunities to smaller groups for School activities, Conferences and even Renaissance themed dinners.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Belluno, Italy
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Poor value, not much there”
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

For 24 Euro for a family this is overpriced. My son did like some of the interactive models. But really not a lot on display. We were in and out in 10 mins.

Visited July 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Engineers Heaven!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Close to the Duomo we were in need of some diversity in our day. Our Tour Guide Angelo - highly recommended btw ( http://www.tourofflorence.com )took us here. The museum is simply laid out and has numerous "working" Da Vinci "inventions" . Very interesting indeed and we were very glad we went.

Visited June 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“An exhibit for the interested”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

If you have an interest in Leonardo da Vinci and are in the area, very near the Dumo and center of things this museum exhibit is worth a quick stop. It's a bit small and the displays are all reproductions but it's interesting to see and be able to operate many of them. The gift shop is well stocked with Leonardo books and souvenirs and for the few euro it costs it's worth it to those interested in the life and machines Leonardo built and perfected.

Visited May 2013
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“Best museum”
Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

I should probably clarify my comment above. This is not really a museum in the typical sense that it contains old paintings etc. It contains copies of plans and codes which have been used to create models of inventions and improvements to things we now use everyday. The displays - some of which you can test - truly show the genius that da Vinci was.

So if you like to play with toys and be wowed at the forward thinking of a genius this is for you. To give you just a small insight, da Vinci had designed prototypes for a helicopter back in the late 1400s. Crazy!

Visited June 2013
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milford, CT
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94 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Witha reasonable entry fee, and nice museum shop. Leonardo's fascinating inventions, including some used to the present day, and some that are hands on and functioning.

Visited May 2013
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