Important Things to Know About Da Vinci the Exhibition at Carnegie Science Center Before You Visit

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Think of Leonardo Da Vinci and the first thing you probably think of is his ability to paint. But did you know he was also highly skilled at creating musical instruments, hydraulics, and light? Happily, Carnegie Science Center (CSC) is ready for our curiosity of the master with Da Vinci the Exhibition. Opening February 16, 2019 and offering over 60 of his inventions, here’s what you need to know before you visit.  

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Apart from Mona Lisa, the Da Vinci painting, Genevra de’ Benci caught my eye when I took my family to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. And, while the painting is beautiful, the story behind it is even more intriguing, not to mention the backside of the painting is ornately detailed as well. 

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And it then occurred to me how much Da Vinci thrived on attention to detail. I’m sure a lot of people have realized that fact well before I did, but it’s like a light went off in my head. Since then, I’ve been absorbing as much information on his projects, paintings, and inventions. 

Having the chance to check out Da Vinci the Exhibition at Carnegie Science Center was a dream come true. Here’s what you need to know before you visit.

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When Does Da Vinci the Exhibition Open?

The official opening day is Saturday, February 16th, 2019. The last day you can visit the exhibition is Monday, September 2, 2019. 

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How Much Does Da Vinci the Exhibition Cost?

Da Vinci the Exhibition is a hard ticket event. Translation: it’s an additional cost to Carnegie Science Center admission. You may just see the exhibition without visiting CSC, too. 

Da Vinci The Exhibition tickets are $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for kids, and $17.95 for seniors. 

If you’d like to add on CSC general admission to your visit, tickets are $29.90 for adults, $21.90 for kiddos, and $24.90 for seniors. 

Admission to Da Vinci The Exhibition is $8.95 for all members. If you are visiting with a group of 15 or more, don’t forget to ask about the group discount. 

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Where Is The Exhibition Located?

When you enter the lobby, it’s to the left in the PPG Science Pavilion. 

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How Many of Da Vinci’s Inventions Are On Display?

There are 60 inventions on display. Each is properly scaled to reflect actual sizes and range from a Room of Mirrors to an Armored Tank. While not all of them are interactive, there are over 30 that are hands on. 

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What Else Will I See in Da Vinci The Exhibition?

There are 20 fine art exhibits including properly-scaled painting replicas in display. Yes, you’ll see the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper (it’s huge!), but you’ll also see a few of his not-so-massively-popular paintings. 

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Will Kids Like Da Vinci The Exhibition?

Yes! There are at least 30 hands-on exhibitions and art activities for kids of all ages. Plus, learning through play is the ultimate way to soak up knowledge, right?

 

Will I Be Able to Take Photos & Video?

Absolutely. Both photos and videos are encouraged, in fact. And, if you’re into sharing on social media, tag your pics and videos with #DaVincitheExhibition. 

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2 Thoughts to “Important Things to Know About Da Vinci the Exhibition at Carnegie Science Center Before You Visit”

  1. What a cool place Karen. His attention to detail made him a legend. Fascinating dude for sure.

    1. It really is, Ryan. Not only was the man a genius, his innovation is in so much that we still use today!

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