RVA Parenting: new exhibit at the Science Museum

RVA Parenting: new exhibit at the Science Museum

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Da Vinci Alive Debuts at the Science Museum of Virginia and will be held from May 13 to Sept. 5.

The Experience, the most comprehensive traveling exhibition on one of the history's greatest minds, opens at the Science Museum of Virginia on Saturday, May 13. The exhibition celebrates the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci as an inventor, scientist, engineer, architect, artist, and musician.

Guests will experience da Vinci's extraordinary legacy like never before in Da Vinci Alive – The Experience, the most detailed and inclusive exploration of da Vinci's work ever created. The unparalleled exhibition will mark the North American debut of a unique state-of-the-art SENSORY4™ multimedia gallery, telling the story of da Vinci's life and achievements in an unforgettable immersive experience.

"We are thrilled to host this exhibition as the inaugural summer experience in the Dewey Gottwald Center," says Richard Conti, Chief Wonder Officer, Science Museum of Virginia. "Da Vinci Alive – The Experience offers an invaluable opportunity for the community to engage with one of the most revered and dynamic intellectuals of all time – and allows us to celebrate his substantial and lasting contributions to society."

Da Vinci Alive – The Experience houses life-size replicas of da Vinci's machine inventions, alongside animations depicting his most notable works and touchscreen versions of his actual codices. Themed areas highlight da Vinci's contributions to engineering, flight, art and beyond, offering incomparable insight into the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man. The exhibit illuminates his groundwork for modern inventions such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle.

The Museum will host da Vinci Family Festivals on select Saturdays throughout the summer to complement the compelling international exhibition. The all-day festivals will bring the culture of the Renaissance to life through hands-on activities, live performances and more.

Da Vinci Family Festival Schedule:

  • Ingenuity Day - Saturday, May 13 
    • 9:30 am – 5 pm
    • Celebrate the spirit of da Vinci by taking things and apart and discovering their inner workings.
  • Artistry Day - Saturday, June 3 
    • 9:30 am – 5 pm
    • Create a large-scale community art project made with recycled bottle caps. Learn about forced perspectives, mirror writing and more.
  • Audible and Edible Delights Day - Saturday, July 1 
    • 9:30 am – 5 pm
    • Sample Renaissance recipes and make musical instruments from over 500 years ago.
  • Architecture and Engineering Day - Saturday, August 5 
    • 9:30 am – 5 pm
    • Construct a cardboard city and learn the basics of engineering by building structures.

Da Vinci Alive – The Experience was developed by Grande Exhibitions in Australia, under the auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta di Venezia, with the kind assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology, France. Presented locally by Altria Group.

Da Vinci Alive – The Experience tickets are $25 per person, with $1 discount for youth and seniors.

Da Vinci Alive tickets include Museum exhibit admission and da Vinci Family Festival admission. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
www.smv.org or call 804.864.1400.

What is SENSORY4™?
Developed by Grande Exhibitions, SENSORY4™ is a unique system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema-quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world. The resulting experience is dynamic, informative and visually spectacular. Incredibly detailed images flow through the mass of projectors and merge with digital surround sound to saturate the space
in a breathtaking immersive display.

About Grande Exhibitions
Grande Exhibitions specializes in the creation, design, production, promotion and installation of large-scale exhibitions with broad cultural appeal and engaging, entertaining and educational content. From concept to completion, Grande Exhibitions creates visually and technically stunning masterpieces and transports them around the world. Its exhibitions, including 101 Inventions That Changed the World, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, Monet to Cezanne – The French Impressionists and the globally acclaimed Van Gogh Alive – The Experience, have exhibited over 130 times in more than 100 cities across six continents, to audiences in excess of 8 million people.

Grande Exhibitions is based in Melbourne, Australia, with satellite offices in London, UK; Santiago, Chile; and Atlanta, USA. Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates "Museo Leonardo Da Vinci" – a permanent museum in Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy.

About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world.

Da Vinci Alive – The Experience is presented as the inaugural exhibition in the Science Museum of Virginia's new landmark events facility, the Dewey Gottwald Center. The 21,000-square-foot, multifaceted building will host international traveling exhibitions during the summer months and act as a venue for community events throughout the remainder of the year.

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