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Leonardo Da Vinci Machines

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San Lorenzo
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Address: Via Cavour, 21, 50129, Florence, Italy
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+39 055 295264

Over the years the Collection has grown so much, now reaching more than 243...

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.

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Interesting Museum!

I enjoyed this museum of DaVinci's machines and drawings. I had assumed that there would be signs in both Italian and English, so I did not opt for the extra headphones (I thought... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Melissa M
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Place that gives you a comprehensive demonstration about Leonardo Da Vinci life. Make it your in your list.

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I enjoyed this museum of DaVinci's machines and drawings. I had assumed that there would be signs in both Italian and English, so I did not opt for the extra headphones (I thought the information on the headphones would in addition to what was on the displays). The signs on the displays were only in Italian, but I still appreciated... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

There are two Leonardo da Vinci exhibits in Florence located two blocks away from each other. One is on Via Servi and the other on Via Cavour. I visited the one on Via Cavour with my 10 year old son. There are four rooms that are part of the exhibit and they are mostly filled with da Vinci's wonderful inventions.... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

this museum its not big but very interesting for kids my sun has funi moments there.machine on Leinardo is fenomenal scienist art.recomended everyone with kids

Thank ferran-alery
Irvine, California
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Super little museum for an hour with the kids. Hands on so they enjoyed it and there was enough written information for them to digest. Not on my list to revisit but good to pass an hour....miserable receptionist though, think she may need to find something she enjoys more!

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Had no idea how brilliant Leo was in medicine, engineering and an artist! Would highly recommend to anyone He was centuries ahead of his time just trying to get along

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Our children (9 and 4) really loved it here! They enjoyed playing with all the models and it was the perfect break from all the other sightseeing. The lady at the desk was so nice and helpful. Fun way for them to learn.

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

this is a little difficult to find but definitely worth it. No lines!!! Great for a family and located close to major churches.

Thank Maureen O
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

This little museum focuses on Da Vinci's inventions, most of the re-creations were hands-on, and there was a workroom where people can try to build their own versions. My favourite invention was one intended to move water up a pipe. The woman who was working there was friendly and knowledgable, and the movie was interesting as well. If you have... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We went with small children and we were all fascinated by everything that he accomplished. The models built according to his plans are well done. There is nothing original here, but you can learn a lot about his ideas in a very interactive and interesting way. The village is also nice. We were done in a few hours.

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