Da Vinci The Exhibition

Inventor. Scientist. Engineer.

Discover the world of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci and his passion for science and nature.

Featuring more than 60 life-size recreations of da Vinci’s inventions and interactive machines, as well as 20 replicas of his art, explore da Vinci’s discoveries in engineering, flight, hydraulics, light, music and more.

Each invention featured in this special exhibition was handcrafted utilizing modern translations of da Vinci’s writing. Trained artisans used these translations to construct full-scale models and bring da Vinci’s two-dimensional plans to life.

Produced by Imagine Exhibitions

Price

This is a paid experience.
EXPECTED STAY TIME: 45 minutes

Tickets are available at the Science Center. Call our box office at 314-289-4400 for more information.

Adults (ages 13-59): $14.95
Seniors (ages 60+): $12.95
Children (ages 5-12): $12.95
Children 4 and Under: Free (free ticket required)
Military Discount Available

Groups (10 or more): $10.95 Adults, $8.95 children & Seniors.

Group Visit Information

Adult Members: $7.50
Children(5-12) & Senior Members(60+) : $6.50

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Parking Specials

  • Senior Tuesdays – $5 parking for Seniors

Overview

A journey of innovation, creativity and science.

Da Vinci is now considered more of a scientist than artist due to the 7,000 pages of notes and observations he took during his life. This special exhibition explores the breadth and scope of da Vinci’s incredibly advanced understanding of science, mathematics, nature, and the relationship between the three.

Hands-on replicas, multimedia experiences and documentary presentation throughout the exhibition illustrate da Vinci’s discoveries and creative process.

Featured Displays

Featuring more than 60 replicas of da Vinci’s inventions, including:

  • Catapult
  • Glider
  • Revolving Crane
  • Room of Mirrors
  • Steam Cannon
  • Scythed Chariot
  • Tank
  • Mechanical Drum
  • Light Projector
  • Diving Suit

 

The Codex Arundel: An Inside Look at Da Vinci, Available to Everyone

Today, the Codex Arundel is housed in the British Library, and in 2007 it was included as part of the library’s “Turning the Pages” project. With Turning the Pages, anyone can visit the British Library website to view high-quality scans of da Vinci’s original works from the Codex Arundel for free.

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3 More Facts About Da Vinci
  • Da Vinci could have been considered the greatest inventor of our time, but all of his devices were too complicated for his time to build, or too expensive to construct without a wealthy patron.
  • Da Vinci’s observations and studies planted seeds of possibility for future flight – wing design, the concept of lift, aerodynamics, and gravity – all would play a part in the airplane engineering boom of the 20th century.
  • Da Vinci was also fascinated by water – he devised concepts for a steam-powered cannon, generating power with water, humidity measuring devices, contraptions for breathing underwater, plus life preservers and dredges for digging harbors.

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Da Vinci Programs for Groups

Groups of 10 or more can receive special discounts to Da Vinci The Exhibition with advance reservations. Call 314-289-1419 to speak to our Group Sales Manager, or visit our Groups & Field Trips page for more information.

EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR GROUPS 10 OR MORE
  • Discounted tickets
  • No phone service fees
  • Reserve now, pay later
  • Bus and shuttle parking available
  • School and youth groups receive one free adult chaperone for every 10 children
Can’t do a coordinated group visit? No problem.
  • Have your business, organization or school district ask about setting up a promo code for discounted individual purchases.

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Exhibit Policies

One adult chaperone is required for every 10 children.
No food or beverages are allowed in the exhibition.
No pencils, pens, markers or any other kind of writing implements are allowed.
Flash photography is not allowed. You may take photos without flash.

Accessibility

The exhibition is accessible to visitors with disabilities, as well as visitors with strollers, scooters, and walkers. Elevators and ramps serve all public areas.

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