When Leonardo DaVinci died in 1519, he left behind some 45,000 sheets of linen paper containing his detailed notes and drawings on his studies, observations, thoughts, designs and inventions. The DaVinci Machines Exhibition brings these sketches and inventions to life!
The DaVinci Machines Exhibition displays over 65 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500-year-old designs. The magnificent machines on display, many of which are interactive, feature replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. Visitors will also find many of DaVinci’s artistic masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, remastered for an up close and personal look at the greatest genius of all time. Several machines on display include the “bicycle”, “parachute”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter. This exhibition presents models grouped in themes: war machines, flying machines, nautical & hydraulic machines, as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics. The interactive machines are popular as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. This exhibit also contains a 45-minute film, an interactive kid’s area, audio tours for nearly every piece and docent-guided tours!
Exhibit Admission Pricing:
Adult – $20 (includes museum admission)
Adult – $6.50
Senior/Military – $14.50 (includes museum admission)
Senior/Military – $4.50
Youth (4-16) – $11.50 (includes museum admission)
Youth (4-16) – Free
Youth (0-3) – Free
Youth (0-3) – Free
“DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience”
Saturday, July 29th & Sunday, July 30th at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Schedule of events:
6:00 PM – Doors open. Come explore the DaVinci Machines exhibition.
6:30 PM – Performance begins. Please take your seats in our Harrison Ford Welcome Theater.
8:00 PM – Performance concludes. Thank you for coming!
Mark Rodgers, the renowned creator and host of the famously interactive, multi-media performance, is also the curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions from the permanent Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy.
Rogers will take audiences on a FANTASTIC, AWE-INSPIRING journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of these two monumental geniuses, who were not only contemporaries but also fierce competitors.
This one of a kind, multi-media performance includes movies, 3-D animations, and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, images of codices, artwork, paintings, and sculptures and can be seen one weekend only.
“DaVinci and Michelangelo have an outreach and following that everyone can relate to,” says Rodgers. “Everything they said and did relate to our lives today…”
Below is a brief video of the performance – “DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience”
Photos of the exhibition:
In the Media: Amelia Earhart, of Denver’s 9News, interviews Mark Rogers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines Exhibition.
Behind the Wings Video Series: Leonardo DaVinci imagined, sketched and otherwise invented numerous flight-related necessities we now take for granted. The parachute, helicopter, inclinometer and other inventions got their start with original Renaissance Man. Join curator Matthew Burchette as he explores the connection between our museum and “the Architect of Flight”.