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
Back by popular demand, we will be holding two more performances of “DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titan Experience” on Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd. Don’t miss this final showing of the comparison between two of history’s greatest geniuses, Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo, presented by exhibition curator Mark Rogers!
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”.