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Explore the Mind of a Genius - DaVinci The Exhibition

An artist, scientist, engineer, poet, inventor, and visionary, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci has captivated audiences for centuries. This summer, Da Vinci: The Exhibition will take visitors on a journey of innovation, creativity and wonder at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

Da Vinci: The Exhibition will feature fully built, life-size recreations of da Vinci’s own inventions, including early designs for the helicopter, tank, SCUBA, crane, clock, and submarine. Recreations of his artwork will also be on display for visitors, including a 15’ tall recreation of the Last Supper.

“It’s one thing to read about history, but it’s another thing to be able to bring that history to life,” said Kurt Strand, President & CEO of the Museum & Aquarium. “Visitors will get to interact with da Vinci’s inventions, move parts, and get a real feel for how these inventions were meant to work. Da Vinci’s ingenuity and artistry were remarkable for a man of his time.”

Guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, anatomy, and more. To highlight some of the areas of study represented, the Museum & Aquarium will feature themed Da Vinci Days on the second and fifth Saturdays of the month throughout the exhibit’s run. On these select dates, visitors can expect additional presentations or activities within the exhibit presented by the Museum & Aquarium and local partners.

Da Vinci: The Exhibition runs May 12 to October 8. American Trust & Savings Bank is the premier exhibit sponsor. Lead exhibit sponsors include Diamond Jo Casino, KWWL, and Radio Dubuque. TH Media is a partner exhibit sponsor, and Prudential is an associate exhibit sponsor. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit