Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia – Milan

via San Vittore, 21, Milano
Lombardia, Italy
Email: info@museoscienza.it
Phone: + 39 (0)2 48555
Website: http://www.museoscienza.org/english/
closed on: Mondays, January 1, and December 24/25
Museum Type: Science & Technology, Technology / Industry

The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan is the largest museum of science and technology in Italy.


Founded in 1953, the museum is housed in a former 16th-century Benedictine monastery adjacent to the church of San Vittore in central Milan.
The museum complex includes various historical spaces, arranged around two monumental cloisters, modern buildings dating back to the 1950s, a 2,000-square-meter steel hangar, which currently accommodates the museum’s railway rolling stock collection, and a pavilion built in the 1970s to contain the exhibitions dedicated to maritime transport and aviation.


Collections and exhibitions

Mostly focused on the technological and scientific development in Italy, the collections of the Museo Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia comprise over 16,000 items and cover various subjects, including transports, energy, information technology, physics, mathematics, electronics, food, industrial manufacturing, space exploration, and material technology.

The collections also feature large iconic objects, such as the 46-meter-long submarine Enrico Toti, the racing sailboat Luna Rossa, an entire late-19th-century thermal power station, the bridge of ocean liner Conte Biancamano, various experimental aircraft, and historical steam locomotives.

Other interesting pieces on view include an Olivetti Programma 101, widely reputed the first Personal Computer in history, a 19th-century refraction telescope used by Giovanni Schiaparelli to study the surface of Mars, a lunar rock, a magnetic detector invented by radio pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi

An exhibition is permanently dedicated to the “machines” conceived by Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century. The world’s largest of its kind, the exhibition features 130 models and full-scale reconstructions of Leonardo’s engineering inventions and speculative projects based on original drawings.

Overall, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia of Milan, though featuring some very interesting artifacts, is a bit outdated when compared to more modern science museums. Therefore, the institution has recently started a modernization plan by creating new sections dedicated to novel fields of scientific and technological research such as biotechnology and nanotechnology, renovating the layout of sections of its permanent exhibition, and adding state-of-the-art interactive installations, hands-on exhibits, and a tinkering and 3D prototyping space.


Program of events and activities

The program of events of the Milan’s National Museum of Science and Technology includes guided tours, temporary exhibitions, special events, conferences, lectures, screenings, live performances, workshops, summer camps, and educational programs for children and families.
The museum also features a 40,000-volume library, a research laboratory, seven conference rooms, an auditorium, a book and gift shop, and a cafeteria.


Images

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Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia, Milan, main entrance and view of one of the two cloisters of the former Benedictine monastery which accommodates the museum today; photos © Lorenza Daverio

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The exhibition dedicated to Leonardo’s machines; photo © Lorenza Daverio

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Two steam locomotives on view in the railway transport pavilion; photo: Davide Costanzo

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The bridge of the 1925 ocean liner “Conte Biancamano”; photo © Museoscienza

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An interactive installation in the “Extreme” permanent exhibition, focused on particle physics; photo © Paolo Soave

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NASA spacesuits of view in the space exploration exhibition; photo © Paolo Soave

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An installation presenting objects made from different plastic materials

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The “Materials” permanent exhibition, installation view of a section focused on steel manufacturing and applications; photo © Alessandro Nassiri

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A hands-on exhibit focused on colored light in the “Tinkering Zone” of the museum; photo © Museoscienza

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Food laboratory in the “i.lab” children’s workshop; © Lorenza Daverio

Cover image: The “Toti” submarine permanently on view at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan; photo: Federico Moroni 


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