Da Vinci Machines

Leonardo’s Inventions Brought to Life

Opens 9 December 2017

This award-winning international touring exhibition showcases iconic machines and inventions inspired by Leonardo’s drawings.

On loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, a vast array of machines are created from original da Vinci drawings bringing the mechanical concepts of this curious mind to life. Highlights include the bicycle, the scuba suit, spring powered car, as well as flying machines where visitors may touch and set them in motion, combining a fascinating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles he employed to create each machine.

Among da Vinci’s innovations are automatons (the precursors to robots), nautical, hydraulic and architectural tools, ground-breaking applications of civil engineering and fear-inspiring machines of war including the tank.

The legendary painter of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa had an extraordinary skill in drawing and draughtsmanship, which sets his work apart from that of his contemporaries. Visitors will see actual-size digital prints of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine and da Vinci’s self-portrait, and will also have the rare opportunity to compare the restored Mona Lisa with a digitally enhanced more vibrant version, as it would have appeared 500 years ago.

Da Vinci Souvenir Activity Book

Follow the interactive trail around the Museum to discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci. Encounter and test his amazing machines, see his magnificent artworks and complete the challenges as you explore the world of da Vinci. Purchase your Da Vinci Souvenir Activity Book which includes thought provoking activities and everything you need to build a model flying machine. Cost: $10 per Da Vinci Souvenir Activity Book

Exhibition admission is included with general Museum entry: Adults $12.50, Children $6.50 and Family (2 Adults and up to 4 Children) $32. Museum entry is free for residents of the Toowoomba Regional Council area with proof of residency.


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Event Details

09 December 2017 - 27 May 2018

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