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“A must-see attraction in the heart of florence!”

Leonardo da Vinci Museum
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Ranked #87 of 656 things to do in Florence
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Owner description: The Leonardo da Vinci’s Museum is located in the heart of the city, very close to the Brunelleschi’s dome of the main Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore. At the entrance you will find the new bookshop, with a variety of interesting books, including our catalogue cured by Carlo Pedretti and a wide assortment of gadgets.Visiting the exhibition hall you can discover the world, the life, the works of the universally recognized as a worldwide Genius, whom secrets are still not yet completely revealed.Here you can also test the functioning of his most important projects and designs. You will admire inventions of an extraordinary visual impact, operating and life-size machines, such as the ” war machines ” with the great tank, or the “civil engineering machines” such as the Brunelleschi’s crane and the “flying machines“: you will then walk back through the ambitious dream of Leonardo’s life: the flight.In addition to his engineering projects you’ll find in a unique exhibition space, the reproductions of his most important paintings, including the Last Supper, the Mona Lisa and the Annunciation. A great opportunity to admire them all together and to compare them! The rooms of the museum are enriched with multimedia displays which will help you in understanding the functioning of the machines and making your visit even more enjoying.
Reviewed January 22, 2014

During our holidays in florence we have seen this museum in a street not far from florence cathedral. Everybody knows who was leonardo da vinci, so we walked in to take a look. The bookshop was really well done and we decided to buy the tickets (only €7 each) . The real surprise of the museum were the working machines, dozens of reproductions of leonardo's projects with infos in different languages. The most interesting thing was that each machine was really working so people could experience by themselves every attraction. There was also a room with the reproductions of the main pictures done by leonardo and with explanations about his painting style. We have been really satisfied by the visit and we recommend it also for families and groups. You can't see florence without visiting this museum that is the best way to go through an italian genius like leonardo.

5  Thank Yuri C
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

This is the worst museum I've seen in Florence and the worst Leonardo show ever. It is pretentious to even call it a museum and charge admission for it. It is a large room with a bunch of big models scattered all over with no clear curatorial intention. Not all the models suck but many of them do and that is unacceptable in the age of computerized power tools. If Leonardo was able to built them without a single drill, these guys should have tried much harder. The "carro armato" is not even finished (let alone functional) and many other models are barely mock-ups of mock-ups and that is sad. The craftsmanship is poor, the wooden joinery is sometimes completely absent. The "do not touch" signs are not because they need qualified operators, they're there because the whole thing (including the magic) will fall apart the moment you try to turn a handle to see what happens.
The paintings (cheap posters on cheesy frames) would make Leonardo (and you) cringe. There's a background noise of dripping water but that is not Leonardo; it is a loose fitting in the toilet and every now and then you'll hear somebody flush.
The only way I see this make sense is to hear that it was built by high school students as props for their school play. If that is the case, good job guys but I still think that 7 Euro is more than thrice what this is worth.

4  Thank Conchazo
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

I was underwhelmed by this small museum. It is really better described as an interactive classroom on LDV's work aimed at younger children. Many re-created models from LDV's drawings, and many of them can be operated by hand, which gives a great understanding of the intended uses.

But as an adult hoping for some real insights into his work, there was nothing.

Having been to the Museo Galileo the same day, I would recommend that for older students and those interested in the history of science and engineering over the LDV museum.

2  Thank Andrew_NZ120
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

When visiting Florence's museums you'll mostly see sculptures, paintings and fresco's. So if you wan't to see something else, this is a nice alternative. The museum has models of Da Vinci's inventions which can be operated as well so you can see how they work. It gives you an inside on how this genius was thinking. The downside is that it is a small museum and if you browse their website there are no surprises anymore when you visit. The other dissapointment is, that I am convinced that there is not one item there which is original or even from Da Vinci's era.

Thank ECJ73
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

This museum was inexpensive, though small. It's interesting, not at all crowded, no line, no hassle. For me, it was added needed variety to the usual sights and was a quieter place to duck into to learn something new.

1  Thank emily111182
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