The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most stunning historical sites in Milan for a journey into the past, present and future.
Founded in 1953, the Museum is one of Europe’s largest science and technology museums. Nestled in the cloisters of a Renaissance monastery, it spans about 50,000 square meters.
It infuses any event with cultural, historical and scientific value and its dramatic spaces offer a wide range of possibilities for meetings and conferences, photo and television shoots, trade fairs, presentations, cocktail parties and dinners.
The two cloisters preserve the ancient beauty of the sixteenth century monastery. Overlooking two large gardens and dominated by the steeple of the church of San Vittore, the cloisters are a quiet place to host social events in a little-known corner of Renaissance Milan.
Sala delle Colonne, the antique library of the monastery, is a fascinating space that overlooks the two cloisters. The elegant architecture, marked by a succession of arches and columns, makes this room ideal for hosting exhibitions and private events.
Sala del Cenacolo, the old refectory, is entirely decorated with stucco and frescoes by Pietro Gilardi, evoking the baroque splendour of the eighteenth century. The aesthetic impact of colour and detail creates the perfect setting for high-profile events.
The Cavallerizze, alongside the Enrico Toti submarine, are the result of a recent restoration in the context of contemporary urban redevelopment.
Built in the 1800s after the monastery was turned into military barracks, the Cavallerizze feature large open spaces with bare brick walls and large luminous windows, an excellent location for large events, exhibitions and conferences.
The Auditorium is a renovated multipurpose space where the 1950s elegance of the original structure is enhanced by modern technical equipment and furnishings. It is the ideal setting for conferences, seminars and cultural activities. Next to the entrance is the Regina Margherita space, a convenient spot for coffee breaks and cocktail parties.
The Museum offers captivating visits that touch on history and contemporary times, art and science, like the guided tours of its permanent and temporary exhibitions, interactive workshops, virtual adventures and artistic performances that enrich events for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Do not miss the New Galleries, the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. It is a spectacular exploration of 170 historical models, works of art, ancient volumes and immersive installations to discover the life and the works of Da Vinci, the celebrated engineer and humanist.
Other attractions include the Space area, boasting the only Moon rock on display in Italy, and the outdoor areas where visitors can see the Enrico Toti submarine and Vega launcher up close.
Across the way stands the Air and Sea pavilion, with some of the Museum’s most fascinating exhibits, like the Luna Rossa AC72 catamaran, the former Italian Navy training ship, Ebe, and the bridge of the ocean liner SS Conte Biancamano, including its original circular ballroom redolent of the 1930s, perfect for gala dinners and press conferences. Together with the Figurehead space, it is a striking venue for any type of event.
The adjacent Railway pavilion, built like a quintessential Italian art-deco station, houses real trains along four platforms, exemplifying the evolution of railway transport and creating a unique backdrop for an original photo shoot.