'll be in Milan for a day with my 8 year old son...just in enough time to take in either this museum OR the Museum of Science, which I believe also has a good deal of info about Leonardo...which of the two do you think would hold the interest of a typical 8 year old boy more? Does one have more of a 'wow' factor than the other?
Thanks in advance :)
We did not go to the Museum of Science so I cannot compare. However, I think the special Leonardo di Vinci exhibit closed on Dec. 31st, 2016. You need to check. The best thing about the Leonardo Museum is that it is small. However, it took us a long time to go through it because we were "playing" with all the interactive exhibits. If it is still open, I think this smaller museum would be very appropriate for an 8 year-old. However, if it is closed, I think a "hands on" science museum that includes exhibits about Leonardo di Vinci would also be suitable.
I'm afraid I've not been to the museum of science so am not able to advise you regarding your best option. All I can say is that I'm sure your son would enjoy the Leonardo Museum. It is not very big but has lots of interactive and electronic experiences. There are several pieces of 'machinery' built by Leonardo with interactive 'games' to rebuild the same item electronically.
Hope this helps. Have a great time
HI I think the museum of science is better for an 8 year old. Enjoy your trip.
I did not visit the science museum, but if I were an 8 year old boy, I think it would be the more engaging choice. The Leonardo exhibit was great but possibly too much for a youngster to take in - unless he was a science genius !!
Hi, my son is 8 and we decided to visit Leonardo's museum as we visited other science museums in Europe, so I can't compare, as we did not visit, but if it's any help I think you can't visit anything similar around the world as Leonardo's museum, it's one of a kind as most of the exhibits are presented only in this museum. It's rather small but it took as 2 hours because we took the audio guide and wanted to explore each exhibit.
The Science Museum hosts a wide range of exhibits in the fields of science and technology. Many kids are fascinated by the trains, ships, planes and a submarine (to visit this, an extra ticket is needed). The models of Leonardo's works and projects are only a part of the whole.
As previously suggested, check that the Leonardo3 exhibition is still running. The wider appeal of the Museum of Science may give more inspiration to an 8-year old!
I agree with Marcia and Bev. Leonardo museum will be fun for both you and your son. Safe travels hide your valuables when taking the metro as there are pickpockets. But, taking the metro is safe and easy. I loved Milan.
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