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Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits

ON DISPLAY MARCH 1, 2018 TO JANUARY 6, 2019 Leonardo Da Vinci: Machines in Motion

Thursday March 1, 2018 to Sunday January 6, 2019

Experience the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci through over 30 machines based on his visionary designs. Each machine has been faithfully constructed from Leonardo's notebooks by a modern team of scientists and craftsman in the heart of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy.

Set the machines in motion. Explore the range of mechanical principles Leonardo employed. Set the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man artwork through his notes and drawings. Compare Leonardo's designs with today's innovations. 

The machines are grouped into four sections, based upon applications linked to the elements, which held a strong fascination for Leonardo da Vinci: Fire, Water, Earth and Air.  

MACHINES OF WATER

Auto Feed Hydraulic Saw

Rotary Conversion

Motion Conversion

Cam

Rack and Pinion

Worm Screw/ Archimedes Screw

Worm Gearwheel

Floats for Walking on Water

Webbed Glove

MACHINES OF AIR

Theatre Bird

Parachute

Bicycle Ornithopter

Wing Tail

Hygrometer

Anemometer

Water and Air Meter

MACHINES OF EARTH

Revolving Crane

Locking System

Twin Screw Crane

Oil Press

Large Pillar Lift

Concave Mirror Gearwheel

Lantern Pinion Gearwheel

Small Pillar Lift

Metal Rolling Mill

Humanoid Automation Robot

Odometer

Bicycle

Ball Bearing

Ball Bearing from Vertical Axis

Jack Worm Screw

MACHINES OF FIRE

Armored Car

Mortar Gun

Machine Gun

Arched Bridge

This fascinating exhibit will be on display from March 1, 2018 to January 6, 2019.