Opening Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Take a journey of innovation, creativity, science, and wonder through the life, research, and art of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci The Exhibition features more than 60 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art exhibits, and dozens of stunning displays that examine the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, and more. Explore this blockbuster exhibition for a limited time in Pittsburgh. Da Vinci The Exhibition opens Sat., Feb. 16, 2019 at Carnegie Science Center’s PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™.
Artist, scientist, researcher, inventor: Take a journey of innovation, creativity, and wonder through the eyes of the original Renaissance man. Da Vinci The Exhibition, now open at Carnegie Science Center’s PG SCIENCE PAVILION™, features more than 60 fully built, life-size inventions; more than 20 recreations of Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings and anatomy sketches, including a true-to-scale reproduction of The Last Supper; and dozens of stunning displays that examine the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of the Italian genius through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, lighting, and more.
Whether you’re looking for fun things to do in Pittsburgh, or you’re a diehard da Vinci fan who wants to explore his contributions to art and science, this blockbuster exhibition is fascinating for visitors of all interests, and it’s perfect for ages 7 and up.
Here are 5 reasons why kids LOVE Da Vinci The Exhibition:
It takes about an hour to see and experience all that Da Vinci The Exhibition has to offer, but we encourage you to stick around longer to create and build at all the activity tables!
Sat., Aug. 3 from 11 am–3 pm – Experience the evolution of aviation from the early century to the present with Pittsburgh Drone Services. This demonstration will take you on a journey through the skies with some of the earliest inventions that soared in the air. Airplanes, helicopters, and drones will showcase how innovation pushed the limitations of flight and what lies ahead for the future of our skies. Explore the amazing concepts of physics and engineering as you build your very own paper flying machine.
Thurs., Aug. 8 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm – Join our resident expert, Jessica Reitz, for an exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” Learn interesting facts recently uncovered by Israeli archaeologists as we focus on the figures, symbols, and composition of the piece. Stick around for a discussion surrounding the facts, fictions, myths, and conspiracy theories that surround The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Reitz, MAPA, has her Masters in Public Anthropology and Archaeology from American University. She has worked in museums and with archaeological firms for the last 17 years.
Sat., Aug. 17 from 11 am–3 pm – Join Assemble, Pittsburgh’s community space for arts and technology, as you create like da Vinci! Using your observational skills, draw your own mechanical invention. Learn how to draw the human form using da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man diagram.
Sat., Aug. 17 from 11 am–3 pm – Learn about art, architecture, human anatomy and symmetry with the Mattress Factory through manipulation of characters from the likes of Stranger Things, Justice League and The Incredibles. Participants will use these modern-day action figures to make their own miniature Vitruvian Man drawings.
Sat., Aug. 31 from 11 am–3 pm – PennDOT is the owner of more than 25,000 bridges. Pennsylvania has the third-largest number of bridges in the nation! PennDOT is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining and fixing all of these bridges. Like Da Vinci, it builds the strongest and most economical bridges it can and constantly looks for innovative bridge designs. Learn how to build a self-supporting bridge with no mechanical fasteners or adhesives based on one of da Vinci’s designs!
Invent like da Vinci Weekend
Sat.–Sun., Aug. 24 –25
Time is running out to experience Da Vinci The Exhibition! Visit during Invent Like da Vinci Weekend and enjoy inspiring activities with innovators from Pittsburgh’s Inventionland, one of the world’s largest immersive work environments.
Check out these creativity-fueled activities inside Da Vinci The Exhibition:
100 Different Uses Challenge – Have you ever used a product for something other than its original purpose? Use your creative mind to take a basic, everyday object and create something new and improved!
Make Your Own Invention – Using scraps and junk, the tools of all great inventors, create an invention all your own to take home.
10-Year-Old You Innovation Challenge – When you were young, did you think there would one day be self-driving cars and flying skateboards? Using Post-It notes, share what your 10-year-old self thinks would exist in the future or what inventions we have today that would surprise your childhood imagination.
Other activities happening the Science Center during Invent Like da Vinci Weekend:
Be The Inventor Mural – Make your inventor’s mark on our mural, showing off all of the future inventors we have in the City. Leave a handprint or finger painting – let your creativity color the canvas!
My Robot Assistant – Everyone needs an assistant, even innovators like da Vinci, who had Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno to help him on his projects. Draw your ideal assistant or use the knowledge you gain from Da Vinci The Exhibition and imagine what da Vinci’s ideal assistant would be like.
Ping Pong Assembly Line AKA Rube Goldberg Races – Learn about manufacturing, assembly line-style, as you work to get your ping pong balls through the cardboard tubes to the end of the run. What’s the catch you ask? You can’t touch the ping pong ball – you can only use chopsticks!
Learn more about Inventionland here.
Mon., Sept. 2 at 1, 2, and 3 pm – Join Pittsburgh sound artists Vox Lumina and Octeel for a deep-dive into the Divine Proportion in music. A repeating theme in all of da Vinci’s creations is the Divine Proportion, or Phi. Also called the golden mean or golden ratio, it has long been considered “golden” because it is most aesthetically pleasing, likely because this same proportional progression is prevalent in nature, as well as in the bones of our own bodies. Da Vinci was a dedicated student of anatomy and of nature, and he used these same mathematical relationships in his own art and inventions. Hear and feel the “musical math” of the Divine Proportion through Vox Lumina and Octeel’s music!
Da Vinci 500 Weekend at Carnegie Science Center will mark the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death with live demonstrations, a new planetarium show, a community design project, and other activities in Da Vinci The Exhibition, highlighting his accomplishments in science, art, engineering, and anatomy.
While supplies last during Da Vinci 500 Weekend, visitors to Da Vinci The Exhibition will receive a free commemorative wooden coin featuring a design inspired by the original Renaissance man.
NEW! On May 1, the Science Center will unveil a new addition to Da Vinci The Exhibition – Horse and Rider, a cast of the only sculpture created by the original Renaissance man known to exist today. It is believed to contain da Vinci’s thumbprint, as well as other curious carvings! The sculpture will remain on display throughout the run of the exhibition.
Other Da Vinci 500 Weekend activities happening in the exhibition and other areas of the Science Center will include:
*A Da Vinci The Exhibition ticket is required for these activities.
Da Vinci was known first as an artist with his most famous (and parodied) pieces of all time being the “Mona Lisa,” “Last Supper,” and “Vitruvian Man.”
He was a Renaissance man - an engineer, an anatomist, and a chronicler of science and nature.
Because of what we now know about da Vinci, he would be considered more of a scientist than artist due to the 7,000 pages of notes and observations – known as codices – he took during his life. Many of his codices were lost, scattered, or hidden for years - even centuries after his death – and they were not studied or interpreted until long after he was gone.
He could have been considered the greatest inventor of our time, but all of his devices were too complicated for his time to build, or too expensive to construct without a wealthy patron.
Admission to Da Vinci The Exhibition is $8.95 for all members.
Yes! Carnegie Science Center is accepting group reservations for this amazing exhibition. Groups of 15 or more people receive a discount on Da Vinci The Exhibition when they book their visit at least two weeks in advance. Click here for more group visit information for Da Vinci The Exhibition.
Yes! Educators can download the Da Vinci The Exhibition educator guide here .
Yes! Da Vinci The Exhibition features 31 interactive exhibits for visitors to explore, all of which connect to concepts depicted throughout the exhibition, including flight, art, and engineering. Make your own Mona Lisa, try your hand at mirror writing or figure drawing, solve tangram puzzles, and build wooden structures.
Yes! Share your photos and videos with Carnegie Science Center on social media by using the hashtag #davincitheexhibition. As one of Pittsburgh’s most-visited attractions, we love to see visitors posting about their experiences!
Mon., Sept. 2, 2019 (Labor Day)
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