Leonardo Da Vinci - the artist, the engineer, the sculptor, the scientist was truly a man of wonder. Born in the 15th century, he actively contributed to the art world, with his most renowned painting - the Mona Lisa being the poster child of the Italian Renaissance. He still continues to be an artistic influence around the globe. However, it is not just his paintings that are renowned. His intellect trickled his observation skills towards every field, where he used the art of drawing to learn from nature and create futuristic inventions way ahead of time. He was a jack of all trades, and master of few.
The Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum is one such museum that aims to celebrate the legend and his contributions to the society. Located in the heart of Rome, the museum is a souvenir of his works. From certified reproduction of the Mona Lisa to war machines, the museum has covered it all.
Here's everything you need to know about the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Rome before spending €14 on tickets for it.
Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum - In a Nutshell
The museum opens every day from 9 am to 7:30 pm, with the last entrance at 6:30 pm.
Know before you go
Best time to visit - The best times to visit Rome would be from April (excluding the Easter week) to June, and September through October when the weather is not too hot.
Starting Prices for Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Ticket Prices - €14
Suggested duration Ideally, you will take 1 to 2 hours to go through all the rooms and exhibits
Location - Rome
Just a 1 min walk from Piazza della Signoria, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Tickets
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Why visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Rome?
- Curated in a way as to provide a complete sensorial experience of Da Vinci’s works, the museum surely will give you a glimpse into the workings behind the genius’s mind and is worth the visit, for both young and old.
- The museum boasts of wooden exhibits that the visitors can touch and try out themselves.
- The fascinating journey through the five thematic areas ensures the visitors have a deeper understanding of his concepts by the end of the visit.
- The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum offers a self-guided tour (offers audio guides) to delve into each of Da Vinci’s niche specializations at your own pace.
- The souvenir store at the museum offers exclusive Da Vinci merchandise, in case you would like to gift someone, or for yourself.
In short, if you are looking for a place to stimulate your artistic senses and intellect with a brush of history, this is the right place.
Best time to visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum
The best times to visit Rome would be from April (excluding the Easter week) to June, and September through October when the weather is not too hot.
Though there isn’t a time when Rome is off-season, November is the best bet if you are looking for the cheapest time to travel. Being the wettest month with the varying weather, the crowd tends to be lesser, and you can experience the autumn cuisine at this time.
The heat peaks up in July, about 87 to 88°F. Avoid visiting in August since that is the time the Romans leave for their one-month-long vacation due to the muggy weather.
Things to see at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Rome
1Interactive and Life-size machines of Da Vinci’s Inventions
The machines have been carefully crafted after studying his Renaissance artworks, sketches, and referring to his codices. The side-by-side display of multimedia screens along with the working models of his inventions offer a rich insight into Da Vinci’s creative process. The replica machines are made entirely of wood, and use advanced technology to the tiniest detail.
2Flying Machines & War Machines
The room I showcases the artist’s prototypes of the flying machines, including the predecessor of the modern-day propeller. Room II displays Da Vinci’s war machine drawings taken from his codices, including that of a cannon and catapult, as well as various guns. Most models are open to visitors if they want to touch the materials or operate them.
3Music, Optics & the Room of Mirrors
Room III in the museum is entirely dedicated to Da Vinci’s creations and inventions in Optics and Music, where his inventions like the Projector or the double flute can be seen.Located in the same room, the area is an introduction to how the study of light led to Da Vinci’s invention of photography.
4Jack of all trades
Room IV seeks to delve into his principles and all his inventions, ranging from a lever to a bicycle; the museum holds more than 50 models of his inventions.
5Reproduction of his masterpieces
The last room contains 23 certified full-scale meticulous reproductions of his original paintings, including the Mona Lisa, Ecce Homo, the Last Supper, two versions of the Virgin of the Rocks, and many more created using the exact materials used by the Renaissance artist nearly 500 years ago. The reproductions were done by the artist Bottega Artigiana Tifernate.
History behind Da Vinci's collections
Da Vinci had protected his design strenuously through misleading information, deliberate mistakes, and hidden elements within his codices. Italian artisans successfully deciphered his inventions and sketches after going through more than 6000 pages of codices, coupled with their understanding of the old Florentine dialect in which Da Vinci, thanks to which we can now see his works and the processes behind it.
Good To Know
- The museum offers audio guides only in the following languages: German, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, Chinese, French, Spanish.
- The museum is conveniently located near public transportation
- All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that has a verifiable QR code and is valid in the European Union.
- Wearing FFP2 masks is compulsory (Blue surgical masks will not be accepted).
- Try to avoid visiting on weekends, since that’s when most places including a museum are packed.
- Read up on Leonardo Da Vinci in advance, so the trip will be more fun and interesting.
- Download the free App "Pop Guide" on your phone to listen to the audio guide without any extra charge. Don’t forget to ask for your code at the entrance desk.
- Keep your phone on silent and turn off notifications before entering the museum for a seamless and distraction-free experience.
- Get tickets in advance to skip the lines and not tire yourself out.
- Get the audio guide in advance, and read the inscriptions and booklets on the exhibits to make the experience enriching.
- Do not forget to bring in your earphones to use the audio guide.
- Carry a backpack while roaming around, as it comes in handy to store the souvenirs, booklets, and the free gift you get at the end of the tour.
- Wear comfy clothes and shoes, since you have to walk around inside and stay focused on the exhibits rather than that tacky clothing.
- Eat your meal before entering the museum, since it would typically take 1 to 2 hours before you get out.
Getting to the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum
The following bus lines have routes that pass near the museum - 23, 280, 40, 62, and 982, depending on the direction you come from.
Starting from Termini by metro, take Line A in the Battistini direction and get down at Ottaviano. The museum is a 1 km walk away.
Things to do around the Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum
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Restaurants near the museum
Here are the top three places to eat nearby, all within a 3 minute's walk from the museum.
A cozy family-run restaurant offering local cuisine ranging including pizza Roma, spaghetti carbonara and lasagne. Known for its affordable price and delicious meals, the restaurant will be the best option to curb your hunger. Plus, tiramisu is popular. They offer vegetarian meals too.Find on Map >
Mama Eat is a typical Neapolitan restaurant. Affordable and popular, the place is perfect for trying the local cuisine without a hole in the pocket. They serve anything from risottos, scugnizielli, to croquettes. They do offer a variety of gluten-free dishes.Find on Map >
Known for its chef’s special meatball sandwiches, porchetta, and pizza, the place is packed mostly, however their quick service saves time. Offering Romana, Lazio, and Italian cuisine, they sure do offer a delectable palate. They offer both vegetarian and vegan options.Find on Map >
The Leonardo Da Vinci Experience Museum is located in Via della Conciliazione 19 in the Rione of Borgo within Rome, just a few steps from the Vatican. It is the same street connecting Saint Peter's Square to the Castel Sant'Angelo.
The ticket costs vary. Book your tickets directly through Headout to skip the lines and enjoy a seamless experience.
Though Rome is packed round the year, November to March is less crowded. It is also best to avoid weekends and during Easter.
Ideally it should take one hour to a maximum of two hours to cover the entire museum.
The museum opens every day from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM (19:30) , with the last last entrance at 6:30 PM (18:30).
Yes, you get to see the full-scale certified reproduction of the Last Supper and inscriptions with the mysteries behind it.
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