Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius

Investigating the facts and the misconceptions that surround this great genius of the Renaissance.

Leonardo da Vinci might never have realised his ambition to design a flying machine, but his contribution to mechanical innovation was important. He is believed to have come up with the idea of the parachute, as well as an ‘aerial screw’ that bears relation to the modern helicopter. He also explored the psychological implications of warfare, evident in his sketches for a gigantic crossbow that was intended as much to terrify enemies as to kill them.

The Science Museum’s inventive new exhibition brings Leonardo’s ideas to life through original drawings, 3-D models and interactive displays. The show also includes 39 historical constructions originally made in Milan in 1952 to mark the 500th anniversary of the polymath’s death.


Venue details

Science Museum Exhibition Road London SW7 2DD 020 7942 4000 www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Entry details

£4.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £9)

Daily, 10am  6pm (last entry 5.15pm)
Open until 7pm (last entry 6.15pm) during school holidays

Closed 24  26 Dec

Reviews (2)

  • Christopher, Harrow
  • 26 March 2016 - 14:10
  • Very interesting exhibition showing both what Leonardo did plus what some contemporaries were doing. Some interesting hands on exhibits.

  • Jean, London
  • 4 March 2016 - 15:27
  • This is a terrific exhibition All Leonardo fans should see it.