Leonardo Museum
Vinci

In Vinci, where Leonardo was born and where he drew early inspiration for his studies and paintings, the Leonardo Museum presents one of the most extensive and most original collections devoted to the multiple interests of Leonardo the technologist, the architect, the man of science and, more generally, to the History of Renaissance technics.


Vinci, Leonardo Museum

The museum

The Leonardo Museum of Vinci is the oldest collection entirely devoted to the work of Leonardo da Vinci, scientist, technologist and engineer.
After major restoration works at the Conti Guidi Castle in the 1940s, the ‘Museo Vinciano’ was opened on 15 April 1953. The original exhibition included a series of models reconstructed on the basis of Leonardo’s drawings and one dedicated to flight.
Expanded in 2004 with the new Palazzina Uzielli building and its scenographic entrance in Piazza dei Guidi designed by Mimmo Paladino, the Museo Leonardiano, thanks to the use of digital technology including multimedia installations and virtual reality devices, aims to increasingly involve visitors and guide them in understanding the often complex operation of Leonardo’s machines.
The exhibition itinerary also includes a section dedicated to anatomy and an immersive room on Leonardo’s childhood in Vinci, as well as the panoramic tower of the Castle with its unique view of the hills of Montalbano and the Lower Valdarno.

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Sciences & Technics

Excavating machine

Designed to automate and accelerate the operations of excavation, transport, and unloading of material, this machine uses two arms of different lengths that allow it to work simultaneously on levels of soil situated at different heights.
The movement of the containers used for transporting the material is regulated by means of cables passing through a central control pulley. Leonardo aspired to create a treadwheel which, moved by a few men, should have generated the force necessary to operate the machine and hoist the load.
This excavating machine can be moved, as the excavation gradually advances, without having to be disassembled, thanks to a horizontal screw winch that causes it to proceed along guides on the ground.

Sciences & Technics

Three-speed gearbox

Leonardo analysed the operating principles and advantages offered by combinations of toothed elements in the transmission of movement, and he studied the performance and various types of mechanisms that produce differentiated speeds to optimize the propulsion of work machines. In this model, a lantern gear moves three cogwheels. Their different diameters cause these to rotate at different speeds. This principle is identical to that used today in modern automobiles.
The model, along with three other mechanisms in this room, was reconstructed in 3d, and thanks to an application with an oculus virtual reality viewer, you can touch it “with your hand” and put it into operation.

Sciences & Technics

The Chiaravalle clock

During his stay in Milan, Leonardo devoted many drawings to the study of sophisticated mechanisms for the planetary clock at the nearby abbey of Chiaravalle. In this model, the moving organ is located inside a wooden structure, where a weight lowers, causing a drum to turn, setting into motion a series of shafts and toothed wheels that carry out ordered sequences of movements.
The internal mechanisms correspond to three clock faces on the outer structure: two smaller ones, for counting the minutes and hours; while on the largest, with its 12 zodiacal divisions for the year, dedicated moving hands show the positions of the sun and moon and the lunar phases, as well as other astrological and astronomical indications.

The land

Perched on the slope of Montalbano, Vinci is a well-preserved medieval town known the world over as the birthplace of the great Genius.

Set in verdant countryside amid vineyards and olive groves that provide excellent wine and exceptional olive oil, Vinci lies on the slopes of Montalbano, and enchanting hill between the provinces of Florence and Pistoia, in the heart of Tuscany just a short distance from the region’s major art cities.

Here, in a locality called Anchiano, Leonardo was born on April 15, 1452 and his universally-acknowledged genius is closely associated with the town’s most evocative places, including the Leonardian Museum, which displays the world’s oldest collection dedicated to his scientific activities, and the Leonardian Library, which conserves facsimile reproductions of all of his manuscripts, as well as all of the printed editions of his works.

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Leonardo Museum
(Museo Leonardiano)

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 26
50059 – Vinci (Firenze)
tel. + 39 0571 933251-245
email: biglietteria@museoleonardiano.it
sito: www.museoleonardiano.it

Opening hours

summer season
(from April 1 to November 1)

every day
10 am – 7 pm


winter season 

(from November 2 to March 31)

weekdays
10 am – 4.30 pm

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
10 am – 6 pm

closed on Tuesdays from November 2 to February 28

The immersive experience with oculus is only available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Tickets

Leonardo Museum ticket

Regular: € 9.00
Reduced: € 7.00 

Combined ticket
(including Leonardo Museum and Leonardo’s birthplace)

Full price: € 12.00
Reduced: € 9.00 

reduced tickets for:
Groups over 15 people, kids between 6 and 18, adults over 67, university students up to the age of 25 with ID card, disabled people, National Civil Service Volunteers

free entrance for:
Children under 6 , tour guides and tour leaders with groups, residents in the Municipality of Vinci, licensed tour guides, accredited journalists with a membership card registered at the Museum Offices, escort of a disabled visitor, disabled people on group visits organised by communities or care associations, tour operators visiting the museum for educational tours, institutional delegation guests of the Unione dei Comuni Empolese Valdelsa.

Booking and further information are available HERE.

 

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