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Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
Milan's Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology is a treasure trove of gadgets and inventions. Divided into various sections, it offers explanations on topics as diverse as information technology, engines and astronomy.
The museum has recently been enriched with the Submarine S-506 Enrico Toti, along with an innovative interactive area dedicated to the Renaissance master, a refurbished section on chemistry and plastic materials, an electricity lab, library and auditorium, which host film festivals, concerts and conferences. The gallery containing drawings for more than 15,000 ideas for inventions by Leonardo is unmissable - many have even been reproduced as models to give a 3D experience to his fertile imagination.
He designed machines to build churches, palaces and fortresses, to wage war, to manufacture goods and to transport them. Ideas that he pioneered include the helicopter, the armoured car, the eight-barrelled organ, a machine for storming walls, the parachute, a contraption to allow walking on water and even the humble paddle boat. His work laid the foundation for many of the theories behind hydraulics, mechanics, optics, flight and the understanding of anatomy. This was in addition to his activities as a musician, painter, architect and sculptor.
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