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Through March 13, 2022

Da Vinci – Inventions

Created by Grande Experiences, Da Vinci —Inventions brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, and more.

The exhibition features carefully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, offering visitors a look at the creativity of the ultimate Renaissance man, who laid the groundwork for some of the modern world’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute, and bicycle.

Suitable for all ages, this exhibition provides fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he explored.

Generous support for Da Vinci – Inventions in Seattle provided by Laird Norton Wealth Management, the Estate of Harold and Mary Frances Hill, Mike Repass, and the MOHAI Exhibits Fund.

Media support provided by KCTS 9 and Crosscut.

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Da Vinci – Inventions is on view at MOHAI through March 13, 2022.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci has been widely celebrated as a leading Renaissance painter and sculptor, but although he was also known as an engineer and a scientist, his work in these fields remained hidden for many centuries. It is only relatively recently that analysis of his full body of work has led us to realize the true scope of his genius – he truly was one of the greatest inventors, artists, scientists and thinkers of all time.

The Greatest Genius the World has Ever Known?

Da Vinci – Inventions moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of Leonardo’s most famous codices, anatomical studies, the Battle of Anghiari drawings, and displays of his renaissance art in actual size.

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The exhibition features 16 themed areas of Leonardo da Vinci’s work, offering visitors a look inside the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man who laid the groundwork for some of the world’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute, and bicycle.

Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank, and interact with many of these machines for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

Da Vinci – Inventions

The exhibition moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of Leonardo’s most famous codices, anatomical studies, and the Battle of Anghiari drawings that complement the entertaining and educational animation presentations of the Vitruvian Man and one of Leonardo’s most ambitious projects – the Sforza horse sculpture.

Suitable for all ages, this amazing exhibition provides a fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he discovered. Da Vinci – Inventions is an inspiration for the whole family.

Advisory Committee

Many thanks to all the individuals who advised and participated in the Da Vinci – Inventions Advisory Committee.

  • Kurt Armbruster, HYDRO Systems USA
  • Charlotte Beall, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
  • Tom Daniel, Komen Endowed Professor, University of Washington
  • Mike Lombardi, The Boeing Company
  • Margaret O’Mara, Keller Endowed Professor, University of Washington
  • Mike Repass, MOHAI Trustee
  • Elizabeth Valentini, Honorary Consulate of Italy in Seattle
  • Chris Voorhees, MOHAI Trustee, First Mode
  • Curtis Wong, MOHAI Trustee, Producer of the Digital Version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester 

Da Vinci – Inventions at MOHAI Mercantile

The MOHAI Mercantile has a variety of souvenirs available inspired by the Da Vinci – Inventions exhibition. Visit the store open daily or shop online.

Take home items inspired by the exhibit!

Express your creativity with these da Vinci themed art supplies available now.

Exhibit Supporters at MOHAI

Generous support provided by
The Estate of Harold and Mary Frances Hill
Mike Repass 2
MOHAI Exhibits Fund
Media support provided by

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