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    Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion

    Presented by at Space Center Houston

    September 26, 2013 - January 1, 2014

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    Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion

    Space Center Houston presents Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion.

    Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion reveals one aspect of the multifaceted ingenuity of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), who embodies the qualities of painter, sculptor, musician, architect, engineer and anatomist. His thousands of manuscripts, collectively named the “Codicies,” contain designs that are the precursors of many modern machines and devices, including the car jack, glider, parachute and armored vehicle.

    Now, in an extraordinary national exhibition, the American public will have the chance to see the early form of these machines at close quarters, to touch them and set them in motion. Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion—an integrated experience and a journey into secrets of the birth of contemporary science and engineering.

    The exhibition contains 40 machines that were built after in-depth study of Leonardo da Vinci’s designs by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the mechanisms are life-sized and most are fully operational. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, combining fun with instruction.

    The exhibits take the spectator into the magical world of machines devised by Leonardo da Vinci. Not only did this master engineer solve practical problems long before our era, but he also conceived the precursors of machinery that have been manufactured in recent history, such as the tank, machine gun and aircraft.

    The materials used in construction of these 40 machines were available in Leonardo da Vinci’s era, and are the ones proposed by the master himself. Using wood, rope and glue, the materials were crafted by hand, faithfully adhering to Leonardo da Vinci’s instructions and employing tools of the time rather than modern industrial implements.

    Also housed in the exhibition space is a large screen displaying Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings and notes, the basis used for construction.

    Space Center Houston

    1601 NASA Road 1
    Houston, TX 77058

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Admission to the exhibit is free with general admission to Space Center Houston.

    Adults $22.95
    Children (4-11) $18.95
    Seniors $21.95

    Online ticket purchase discounts available.

    Parking $5.00 

    General Day and Time Info:

    Space Center Houston is open every day of the year, with the exception of December 25.


    Monday - Friday 10:00a - 5:00p
    Saturday 10:00a - 6:00p
    Sunday 10:00a - 6:00p

    To see hours on a specific day please call (281) 244-2100 or visit the website.

    Phone: 281-244-2105


    Parking For Space Center Houston attraction $6.00. Cost for Special Event Parking at NASA/Johnson Space Center may vary.

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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