Da Vinci – The Genius Exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Looking to escape the heat and enjoy a day at the museum? Head to the Cincinnati Museum Center to experience Da Vinci – The Genius.

You’re probably aware that the Cincinnati Museum Center / Union Terminal is currently in the midst of a renovation project to help save the building for future generations. BUT what you may not know is they will have a few more exhibits this year (Da Vinci – The Genius being one of them). And the Children’s Museum will remain open for the duration of the renovation.

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Going into the exhibit, I have to admit that I knew very little about the numerous inventions of Da Vinci. I did, of course, know of/about the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian Man and was interested to learn what could possibly make up an entire exhibition on the works of Da Vinci.

mona lisa at da vinci the genius

What a brilliant scientific mind Leonardo Da Vinci had! I had no idea of the depth of his “genius”. This exhibit will take you all through Da Vinci’s many scientific and engineering masterpieces as well as the process behind his artwork.

da vinci the genius at the cincinnati museum center

Da Vinci was a master of creation. The legacy of his genius is preserved primarily in his codices – tiny notebooks of categorized drawings and writings on a multitude of subjects, including designs for his inventions. But while the designs are all there on paper, he didn’t actually build many of his most brilliant inventions.

da vinci the genius at the Cincinnati Museum Center

The exhibit has 17 gallery spaces and features over 200 pieces including life-size reproductions of over 70 machine inventions and as well as an in-depth analysis of his most famous work, the “Mona Lisa.”

scuba device from Da Vinci the Genius

Using the page of his codices, Italian artisans have reproduced some of da Vinci’s most revolutionary inventions using the same techniques and materials from the Renaissance period. Among the reproductions are some of modern society’s most impactful inventions such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute, bicycle and military tank… all conceived by da Vinci centuries before they became commonplace items.

water machine from Da Vinci the Genius at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Da Vinci – The Genius is an interactive exhibit. You’ll find lots of hands on displays throughout the galleries. You can push, pull, and crank many of the machines and get a true feel for the brilliant mind of this inventor.

They have a number of visual displays as well. Have fun at the touch screen learning centers (below) or immerse yourself in the video playing on the large screen and watch the short clips on the screens throughout the exhibit.

interactive displays at Da Vinci the Genius

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I can highly recommend getting in to see Da Vinci – The Genius at the Cincinnati Museum Center. I think you’ll come away with a new understanding of what it really means to be a Renaissance Man!

Pull out your phone as you leave for some Mona Lisa fun! Snap a ‪#‎MonaLisaSmileSelfie for a chance to win a prize pack from the Cincinnati Museum Center. It includes: Pascal Cotte’s book “Lumiere on the Mona Lisa: Hidden Portraits” and tickets to the 21+ CurioCity event: Know Thy Selfie happening at Arnold’s Bar and Grill on September 8, 2016.

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Da Vinci – The Genius is at the Cincinnati Museum Center, now through October 9, 2016.

This exhibit is timed entry. Hours are: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ticket information can be found here

 

 

About Bridgett Raffenberg 869 Articles
Cincinnati lover, Mom, wife, travel enthusiast, Wordpress lover (not necessarily in that order). Founder of 365 Things to do in Cincinnati.

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