Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit at AZ Science Center

The traveling Da Vinci exhibit is at the Arizona Science Center until June 9, 2013.

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Cameras are not allowed in the exhibit, so I took these photos from the web. They give you an idea of what to expect when you visit.

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Leonardo da Vinci wanted to discover everything. He kept 6,000 pages of notes on topics ranging from human anatomy, to flight, to machinery, to weapons of war. His curiousity was unparalleled.

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This is the optical chamber, it is a closet with mirrors on all sides, eight walls of mirrors. My boys had a blast looking into infinity inside the optical chamber.

Some of the exhibits were hands on, and some were hands off. That was frustrating for my boys. The hands on exhibits had levers and gears to crank but Max was not tall enough to crank them.

We visited the exhibit at the Whitaker Center in PA where we were allowed to take photos.

We visited the exhibit at the Whitaker Center in PA where we were allowed to take photos.

The exhibit is full of working models of machines drafted in Da Vinci’s Notebooks. It is quite remarkable to see his work come to life.

This photo was taken in PA as well. This same wooden tank is on display in Arizona.

This photo was taken in PA as well. This same wooden tank is on display in Arizona.

My boys are 5 and 7, so they were a little young for the richness of the exhibit. We ended up visiting for about 20 minutes before they wearied of all they could not touch and wanted to explore the rest of the Science Center. I noticed many older kids happily sitting on the floor sketching or watching one of the two films or listening to an audio tour. My boys did not have the patience for these things.

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The last 1/3 of the exhibit is aisles of Da Vinci’s artwork with loads of insight into his intention. I could not read any of it and I would like to go back on my own. I bought the guidebook so I could read it at home, but I think the audio tour while looking at the exhibit would be the best.

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This was an incredible exhibit and I look forward to coming back alone! Do you plan to visit? This is a link to a video of Da Vinci’s machines from Australia. It gives a flavor of the exhibit as well.

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