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Museo Leonardiano di Vinci, Vinci

(3.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Inside the medieval Conti Guidi Castle, Museo Leonardiano di Vinci features one of the world's most extensive collections of Leonardo da Vinci inventions, including tanks, locks, bearings, and many war machines. You can see the models based on Leonardo's sketches that IBM donated to the museum when it first opened in 1953. Pick up the audio guide to learn more about the inventions' history and context within the greater Renaissance period. All of the exhibits are wheelchair-accessible. Put Museo Leonardiano di Vinci into our Vinci trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Very interesting, well laid out and especially accompanied by expert guides, which described and told a story for each object, present to the Museum
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  • As per title I was disappointed too for the lack of consistency of the works in the museum world's genius: Leonardo. Two stable and 4 rooms throughout and many miniatures. No original preserved. Some things off topic as "the dark side of money," you don't know what you mean. His House still worse, might be the home of anyone, 2 4 walls and projectors to entertain the kids. The photo exhibition at a winery I reckon more than found to round the host structure takes a real gallery itself. 11 Euros are few but seem to me to be a steal for the paucity of content.
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  • The idea to dedicate to Leonardo and its countless works a museum to come in out of town was born in 1919 in the occasion of the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the death. The exhibition includes the palazzina Uzielli with direct access from Piazza dei Guidi and the castello dei Conti Guidi. On the first floor of palazzina Uzielli are the sections on construction machinery, textile technology and mechanical watches. While inside the Castello dei Conti Guidi showcasing other 60 models of Leonardo's machines. At the top of the tower is the video room where you can watch the documentaries on Leonardo.
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  • Very interesting but €11 is too much for what it offers. Find some scale models of some of Leonardo's sketches. Poor info on the mldels. Also able to visit Leonardo's birth house. If you are in Vinci might be worth to stop by, not worth to get out of your way for this though.
  • Small museum with some very interesting exhibits... Half this museum is located in Vinci Castle; the other half in a building off one of the town's squares. One ticket gets you onto both halves, as well as Leonardo's "Place of Birth", a couple of miles up the road. The museum itself provides a fascinating insight into the colossal number of inventions made by what is indisputably one of the greatest men in history. The halls are lined with dozens of models, ranging from the infamous "Battle Tank" to a full size version of Leonardo's glider. All in all, the museum is well worth seeing, and to do it properly, you'll probably need at least three hours. Indeed, setting an afternoon aside, and then ending up at dinner in one of Vinci's tavernas makes for a very leisurely excursion.
  • Very nice place because very interesting also for kids...lots of machines to see, the view from the castle and the guiding service of the person there are fantastic
  • A missed opportunity and somewhat of a tourist trap. When we were visiting in JUly 2016 hardly any Italians were visiting, however, all explanations are in Italian. There are some leaflets that you can pick that have explanations, but these are not as clear. It is a missed opportunity as the museum could be made more interactive allowing children to understand the machines and inventions made rather than look at prototypes and reconstructions not fully understanding how it works and why these are unique inventions
  • Would have likes a bit more interaction, but still amazing stuff. Nice location too.