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Da Vinci The Exhibition
Da Vinci The Exhibition
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21+ Nights
21+ Nights

Da Vinci The Exhibition

Explore the mind of a genius.

3/4/2017 to 2/16/2019

Opening Sat., Feb. 16, 2019

2/16/2019 to 9/2/2018

Limited engagement!

3/4/2017 to 2/16/2019

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™.

2/16/2019 to 9/2/2019

Now open for a limited time only!

Artist, scientist, researcher, inventor: Take a journey of innovation, creativity, and wonder through the eyes of the original Renaissance man. Da Vinci The Exhibition 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 kid-friendly and fascinating for visitors of all ages and interests. Da Vinci The Exhibition, now open at Carnegie Science Center’s PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™.

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Special Guests in the Gallery

Saturdays: June 15, July 20, and 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.

Saturdays: June 22, June 29, July 6, and 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.

3/4/2017 to 5/6/2019

Celebrate 500 years of the original Renaissance man during Da Vinci 500 Weekend, Thurs.–Sun., May 2–5

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:

  • Create your Ideal City*– Plague inspired da Vinci to design concepts for a future city that he illuminated through a series of drawings and notations completed between 1487 and 1490. Using recycled materials add on to our cityscape for a collective design.
  • Comparative Anatomy*– Observe and explore a frog dissection to examine how da Vinci studied anatomy.
  • Penny Alchemy– Learn how to turn a penny’s hue from copper to gold and get the scoop on the science behind it.
  • Stars Over the Renaissance – See the sky through da Vinci’s eyes. Stargaze in Buhl Planetarium and learn how da Vinci studied astronomy.
  • Da Vinci Photo Booth– Stop by our main lobby to take da Vinci-inspired photos with a green screen and fun props!

*A Da Vinci The Exhibition ticket is required for these activities.

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About Leonardo da Vinci:

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How much do tickets cost?

Da Vinci The Exhibition ticket:

  • Adults – $19.95
  • Seniors – $17.95
  • Children – $15.95

Da Vinci The Exhibition + Carnegie Science Center general admission

  • Adult combo – $29.90
  • Senior combo – $24.90
  • Child combo – $21.90

Admission to Da Vinci The Exhibition is $8.95 for all members.

2) Do groups receive discounts?

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.

Da Vinci The Exhibition tickets:

  • Group (15+) – $8

Da Vinci The Exhibition tickets + Carnegie Science Center general admission:

  • Weekday group – $13
  • Weekend group – $15

3) Are there educational materials that accompany the exhibition?

Yes! Educators can download the Da Vinci The Exhibition educator guide here opens in a new window.

4) Are there hands-on activities?

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.

5) May we take photos of Da Vinci The Exhibition?

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!

6) When does Da Vinci The Exhibition close?

Mon., Sept. 2, 2019 (Labor Day)

Fun Facts about da Vinci

  • Da Vinci was one of the first artists in Italy to use oil paints instead of egg tempera. He even concocted his own recipe for oil paints!
  • Da Vinci developed his own system of writing from left to right that translated only when read through a mirror.
  • Da Vinci was a vegetarian, an unusual lifestyle for the era in which he lived.
  • When he was a young man in Florence, da Vinci worked as a cook and chef at a tavern called The Three Snails.
  • Oddly, during his career as an artist, he sold very few works of art and completed no major sculptures.

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