The Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome (Museo Leonardo da Vinci) looks rather modest compared to other attractions, but it has its own atmosphere and, in a new way, reveals to visitors facets of the talent of the world-famous Italian.
What is interesting about it?
The area of the museum is not significant. It consists of three halls where you can get acquainted with the inventions of the great Leonardo. The mechanisms created from his drawings are incredible. There are more than 50 exhibits in total. Most of them can be touched, examined in detail, and tested in action, which is a definite plus for visitors with children, but it is also interesting for adults.
Amazingly, Leonardo da Vinci invented many things in the 15th century that came into human life much later. Among the exhibits of the museum, you can see:
- Prototypes of a car, a machine gun, and a tank;
- a diver’s suit, which was supposed to breathe through bamboo tubes;
- wooden bearings;
- an apparatus for mechanically lifting weights;
- flying machine;
- a catapult, and much more.
In addition to mechanisms, one can see drawings designed by Da Vinci. The anatomical drawings made by him with stunning detail.
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There is also a model of the Ideal City, designed by the inventor after the plague in Milan. Leonardo proposed to build a city with a specific layout of inhabitants, a three-level traffic organization, and a sewage system. Unfortunately, the ruler of Milan at the time, Lodovico Sforza, did not give the project the go-ahead. Perhaps its implementation seemed too costly.
A few centuries later, however, the project was praised by the authorities in London, taking it as the basis for the development of the city.
The museum tells about Da Vinci as a talented scientist and inventor. The creators of the exposition have not forgotten about his artistic gift. You can see a reproduction of the famous “Last Supper” and other paintings.
A detailed description accompanies each exhibit in Italian and English. In addition, you can order a tour.
Where to go
Finding the museum is relatively easy. It is located on the richly sighted Piazza del Popolo (Piazza del Popolo). To get here by metro, take the Flaminia station.
The museum is housed in the annex of the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo (Santa Maria del Popolo).
- You can visit the similar museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Venice.
You can visit the exhibition any day from 10 to 19 hours. However, according to the institution’s staff, it takes 40-60 minutes to see the exhibits, taking into account their interactivity.
An entrance ticket booked in advance for an adult costs 10 euros, and for children from 5 to 17 years – 8 euros. Children under 4 years old are free.
Also, at a discounted price of 8 euros can buy tickets for guests over 65 years and holders of Roma Pass tourist card.
The official website of the museum is www.museodavinci.it