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M1 (red line)-M3 (yellow line) Duomo
Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-8pm; Sat-Sun and festivities 9.30am-9pm.
“Leonardo3-The World of Leonardo” is the museum dedicated to artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci located in Piazza della Scala, at the entrance to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and just a few steps from Leonardo’s statue. This is a unique museum that brings together a collection of Leonardo’s machines, consisting of more than 200 interactive 3D models and working physical reconstructions, many of them previously unseen.
All exhibits are the result of the work of its study center, which has been studying Leonardo da Vinci’s work for 20 years, producing interpretations and reconstructions of unpublished machines, as well as experiences related to artistic works. As Leonardo3 Museum director Massimiliano Lisa says, the museum offers the extraordinary opportunity to enter the mind of the Tuscan genius with the help of interactive and in-depth stations that support all the machines in the rooms.
In 2023, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the museum initiated a series of collaborations with important institutions and personalities: from the one with scholar Martin Kemp (professor of History of Art at Trinity College in Oxford and one of the world’s leading authorities on Leonardo da Vinci) to the one with the Politecnico di Milano, the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, director Marco Cassini and director of photography Davide Manca.
Among Leonardo’s machines, the most famous project of which we have evidence is the Mechanical Lion. A zoomorphic automaton that was built so that it would walk, arousing wonder, in the presence of King Francis I of France. Making the model work was the study center led by Edoardo Zanon, scientific director of the Leonardo3 Museum.
Not to be missed is the room dedicated to the Last Supper, which has been completely renovated to allow for an immersive experience where the details and colors now lost in the original can be discovered, thanks to the new digital restoration of the painting carried out by the Leonardo3 study center. In the room it is also possible to follow the reconstruction of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with its wall decorations and vaults.
The numbers that make Leonardo 3 one of the most visited museums in the city:
2.5 million visitors from 2013 to date
10,000 school groups have visited the museum since 2013
190,000 admissions in 2022
230,000 tickets expected in 2023
200+ interactive 3D models and working physical reconstructions
13 working musical instruments