Leonardo da Vinci at CA Science Center

The California Science Center proudly presents the special exhibition LEONARDO DA VINCI: Inventor. Artist. Dreamer. Step into a world of wonder and innovation as you explore 30 ingenious inventions—including the Flying Bicycle, Great Organ, Mechanical Bat, and Great Kite—each built by contemporary Italian artisans according to da Vinci’s drawings. Mechanical wonders that were once only sketches on paper now stand before you, including over a dozen full-scale models. Marvel at the extraordinary detail of da Vinci’s designs, from the Flying Eagle suspended above with its 33 ft. majestic wingspan to the whimsical Helical Air Screw, each a testament to his visionary spirit and endless curiosity. Test your engineering skills by building da Vinci’s famous self-supporting bridge, climb aboard and operate his paddle boat, and engage in other hands-on science learning activities inside the exhibition.

See digitally restored reproductions of his iconic artwork including the Last Supper and Lady with an Ermine. Discover details lost forever in the masterpiece as the displays reveal how each painting would have appeared when da Vinci created them. Each work is shown alongside interactive exhibits where you can learn more about the artwork and its restoration.

Seen by over 5 million people worldwide, LEONARDO DA VINCI: Inventor. Artist. Dreamer. is a journey into one of history’s greatest minds to discover his mastery of science and art.

Enhance your experience by seeing the IMAX movie Cities of the Future 3D and, much like da Vinci, discover the exciting innovations engineers are working on today—from electric flying cars to solar power beamed from space.


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