Bad weather or not, the National Museum of Science and Technology (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”) in Milano is an amazing, inspirational and day filling place to visit with kids…and adults!
A museum visit to the largest science and technology museum in Italy and one of the most important ones in the world. Visitors can see, touch, discover, test and hear everything worth knowing about science and technology in 9 different exhibition areas and interactive labs. The museum also features a large collection of Leonardo Da Vinci wooden models, based on his drawings, which seem to have inspired my child to become “an inventor, later when I’m big!”
Time & Length
You need at least 3 hours as the museum is big! We (my preschooler and I) arrived at 2pm and left at 5pm when they closed, but did not even manage to see the full main building and haven’t seen the “Air and Water” building at all! You can easily spend half a day, if not longer. Prepare to walk a lot. There are elevators, so bringing a stroller is not a problem. On the website a suggested path is described so you don’t miss anything, but they also have several brochures to help you walk around more focussed (see further below).
5 Reasons you should go
1. It’s a Must-See when in Milan; It’s the largest Science and Technology museum in Italy and one of the most important ones in the world.
2. It’s perfectly located close to the city center and only a 20 minute walk from the Duomo.
3. Interactive installations invite kids to learn about science in a fun and playful way.
4. Several old steam engines to discover and feel like a real steam engine driver.
5. The showstopper: Guided visit in a real submarine! Reservations recommended!!!
–Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”, Via San Vittore 21, 20123 Milano.
– Priceworthy parking at Carducci Parking in Via Olona 2, 20123 Milano. Be sure to buy an Area C Congestion Charge ticket once you have parked.
Interesting to know
– A small video impression I made of what we saw: http://bit.ly/FamilyDiscoversScience.
– We arrived at 2pm and the tour for the Submarine was already sold out. Make sure to reserve spots through +39 02 48 555 330 (10 Euro) or come early in the morning and buy them at the register (8 Euro).
– Several activities are organized for adults and kids during weekends and holidays. You can enroll at the info point at the entrance of the museum until they have reached their full capacity.
– There is no proper restaurant at the museum, just some vending machines. However, there are several areas throughout the museum where you can sit and eat/drink your own brought food.
– Right behind the register are, when you enter the museum, there is a wall of brochures in the hallway. They indicate specific routes through the museum that help you focus on what you/your kids might find interesting, for example “Museum Highlights, 20 Objects – 2 Hours”, For Little Travelers 3- 5 yo” and “For Young Explorers 6 -8 yo”. Very helpful and fun, but we only found them on the way out :-(.
– There is are lockers for your bag/valuables, but as part of the exhibition is outside, it’s recommended to keep your jacket with you when it’s cold outside/rains.