da Vinci at Union Station


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Today we visited the da Vinci exhibit at Union Station. The exhibit started with a short video about da Vinci and his life, then the curtain rose to let us into the exhibition hall. The hall was filled with full-size versions of creations that da Vinci drew in his many codices, including a number of items that the kids could try out. Though there were a few items that could not be tested out, the majority of the exhibit is hands-on, which the kids really enjoyed. Favorites included the wind tunnel where they could test out their flying cones, the model tank, the hall of mirrors, and the pulley system with the safety brake. The whole exhibit is very well done, and did a great job of engaging the kids as well as gave all of us a chance to see da Vinci’s ideas in action.

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da Vinci codices

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Wax hygrometer used to measure humidity

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Aerial screw

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Unified wing

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Kids testing out the pulleys

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Cone floating in the wind tunnel

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da Vinci’s Ideal City

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Example of da Vinci’s workshop

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A type of hammer

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A pulley with safety brake

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A model tank

After the exhibit, some of the families moved on to Science City to continue exploring and playing.

Thanks so much to Union Station for bringing in this exciting exhibit!


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