Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia

Lonely Planet review

Kids, would-be inventors and geeks will go goggle-eyed at Milan's impressive museum of science and technology, the largest of its kind in Italy. It is a fitting tribute in a city where arch-inventor Leonardo da Vinci did much of his finest work. The 16th-century monastery, where it is housed, features a collection of over 10,000 items, including models based on da Vinci's engineering sketches, halls devoted to sciences of physics, astronomy and horology, and outdoor hangars housing steam trains, planes, full-sized galleons and Italy's first submarine, Enrico Toti.