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Da Vinci: Machines in Motion
Teacher's Guide


Leonardo da Vinci is a celebrated painter, sculptor, musician, architect, engineer and anatomist. Most known for his masterpieces the Mona Lisa, Vitruvian Man and The Last Supper, da Vinci was also a visionary in invention and design.

Machines in Motion presents full-scale machines based on da Vinci’s designs. Each invention is life-sized and fully operational. Visitors may touch and set them in motion, combining a fascinating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles da Vinci employed to design and create each machine.

The exhibit is grouped into four sections based upon applications linked to the elements–air, water, land and fire–which held a strong fascination for da Vinci. Exhibit stations include inventions for the helicopter and glider, the armored tank, the drive transmission, the printing press and the bicycle. Most of the materials used in the construction of these machines were available in da Vinci’s time as well, and were proposed by him in his codices. These machines were crafted by hand (using tools prescribed by the master himself), and then reinforced for this traveling exhibition.

We invite you to explore the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.



The UTPA Visitors Center [map]


September 29, 2014 to January 3, 2015




UTPA Visitors Center
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

*The Da Vinci Exhibit is closed during the UTPA Winter Holiday break,
December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015.
Business hours resume January 5, 2015.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

The exhibit showing of Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion is made possible by the generosity of

UTPA Evergreen Exhibitions