museum-school cooperation for improving the teaching and learning of sciences
project partners activities and courses documents school projects contacts
museum of science and technology
katholieke hogeschool kempen
nationaal museum van de speelkaart
deutsches museum
museo nacional de ciencias naturales
IUFM de lorraine
IRRE lombardia
Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum

Project Coordinator
Fondazione Museo Nazionale della Scienza
e della Tecnologia "Leonardo da Vinci", IT

via S. Vittore 21, 20123 Milano, Italy
Tel: +39.02.48555.1

contact persons:
1. Salvatore Sutera (project coordinator)
tel. +39.02.48555.407, fax 39.02.4801.0016
2. Maria Xanthoudaki

The Museum of Science and Tecnology "Leonardo da Vinci" is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1953, which hosts a collection of about 15.000 objects belonging to a wide range of national and international scientific domains including astronomy, cinema, clock-making, radio and television technology, telecommunications, music, acoustics, design technology, measurement instruments, metallurgy, transportation, etc. It also includes the Leonardo da Vinci Gallery that hosts models of machines designed by the artist; the original training ship ‘Ebe’ used once by the Navy, and the commanding bridge of the transatlantic ship ‘Biancamano’. Each year the museum is visited by an average of 300.000 visitors, of which 150.000 are pupils of primary and secondary schools.

The mission of the museum is the collection, conservation and enhancement of scientific objects and the education of the public through display and interpretation of the collections and organised educational services.

Educational services aim to the transmission of knowledge about scientific culture in all its expressions, implications and interactions with other knowledge domains of the past, present and future. Such aims are met through the production and distribution of educational materials, the development and realisation of structured educational programmes and workshops, and the organisation of public events.

Those services, offered since the foundation of the museum, consist of: organised visits for primary and secondary schools with the presence of specialised museum educators; workshops, hands-on activities and training courses for teachers.

The richness and variety of the educational programmes of the museum make education one of its main functions, whereas the continuous demand for services calls for the increase of supply and the organisation of such programmes and activities as to cover the needs and priorites of the schools as well as possible.