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


This is a paid experience.

Tickets are available at the Science Center. Call our box office at 314-289-4400 for more information.
Last Entry: 3:30 PM

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


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 Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci
Special Event: March 12, 6:00 PM

Come to a unique event at the Saint Louis Science Center. Have some food, drinks, and a special presentation about Leonardo Da Vinci. Tickets include entrance into Da Vinci The Exhibition.

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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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Educator’s Guide

As a companion to your experience at Da Vinci The Exhibition, this Educator Guide has been created to complement your classroom instruction and make the most of your school field trip. It contains original, assessable, STEAM-related classroom lesson plans for many levels: Elementary School, Middle School, High School and Home School. It is designed to be flexible and used to best meet the needs and capabilities of your class. You know your students better than anyone else!

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For up to 30 students, Ages 7 to 18

Expand your Da Vinci The Exhibition experience with a special 60-minute program with Scribble Bots. Create your own Scribble Bot using a low voltage motor, wires, batteries and more! It may be a very simple contraption, but you’ll be amazed by the wild lines created by an artist of your own making. Students will work independently and exercise creative problem-solving.

$325 for a 60-minutes program

To schedule this program, please contact us at 314.289.4439 or email us.

3 NEW Facts About Da Vinci
  • Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 of humble beginnings in Vinci, Italy – his name meaning “of Vinci”
  • He had no formal training above the usual reading, writing, and arithmetic of his time
  • Da Vinci was 100 years ahead of Galileo and Francis Bacon in using an empirical approach to science – in other words, unlike his peers, he gathered evidence and recorded -in words and beautiful illustrations- the natural world


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.

  • 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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Members get in with a discount.

Save on your Da Vinci The Exhibition tickets with a Saint Louis Science Center membership.

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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.


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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