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DaVinci The Exhibition

DaVinci The Exhibition

May 12 - October 8
Thank you to our exhibit sponsors!

Enter The Mind of a Genius

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

Da Vinci: The Exhibition features fully built, life-size recreations of Leonardo’s own inventions, including early designs for the helicopter, tank, SCUBA, crane, clock, and submarine. Recreations of his artwork will also be on display, including famous works like “The Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.” 

Kids will LOVE DaVinci. Along with the ability to get hands-on with Leonardo's inventions, there are also several interactive activies and projects that they can take part in, including building your own tower and bridge, drawing your own masterpiece, and designing your own paper airplane.

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 days, 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 KWWL, Radio Dubuque, and Diamond Jo Casino. TH Media is a partner exhibit sponsor, and Prudential is an associate exhibit sponsor.


Drinks with da Vinci

Stop by after work and enjoy an evening sampling Italian wines with light refreshments and exploring DaVinci The Exhibition. Cash bar featuring Italian wines, domestic beers, liquor, and soda will be available. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

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DaVinci Day Events

In celebration of the many areas of study influenced by Leonardo da Vinci, the Museum & Aquarium will host a series of interactive DaVinci Days, each focusing on a different specialty.

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Author Mike Lankford,
Becoming DaVinci

Join the Museum & Aquarium and the University of Dubuque for two Q&As with bestselling author Mike Lankford, September 8, 2018. Ticket information and details to come.

The #HuntforLeo is on!

In celebration of DaVinci The Exhibition, the Museum & Aquarium invites the public to take part in the “Hunt For Leo,” a city-wide, summer-long scavenger hunt.

The master artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, has hidden 13 medallions throughout Dubuque. It will take skilled adventurers to track them down and win the prize! Medallions will be located at area businesses throughout the summer and within DaVinci The Exhibition, but exactly where these treasures can be found remains a mystery—for now.

Clues on where participants can find these medallions will be shared on the Museum & Aquarium’s social media accounts, and on digital billboards around Dubuque. You can find the Museum & Aquarium on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @rivermuseum.

Using those clues, treasure hunters will travel to area business between June 1 and Labor Day and take pictures with the medallions. They will then post the image on social media, tag the business, tag the Museum & Aquarium, and use the hashtag #HuntForLeo. For each successful submission, participants will be entered to win various prizes that will be drawn, at random, throughout the summer. The more successful submissions, the better chance participants have to win.

To be eligible for the grand prize, participants must find and submit a photo with the medallion located inside DaVinci The Exhibition at the Museum & Aquarium. General admission and a ticket to the DaVinci The Exhibition are required to visit the medallion.

The Hunt For Leo is sponsored by American Trust, Radio Dubuque, KWWL, Diamond Jo Casino, the Telegraph Herald, Prudential, the Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark, Mountaintop Stoneworks, Dubuque Bank & Trust, FEH Design, Schultz Family Dentistry, and the Dubuque Regional Airport.

  • TH Media gift basket, including "The 50s: Volume 1," "The 50s: Volume 2, a tote bag, a tumbler, and a $30 Tri-State Golf Card.
  • $100 gift card to Outside The Lines Gallery.
  • $100 Gift Card to Tony Romas.
  • $100 Woodfire Grille Gift Card.
  • Sonicare toothbrush.
  • Sphero BB-8 app-enabled droid.
  • 4 Tickets to Adventureland. - AWARDED
  • Two tickets to the Dubuque County Fair and two tickets to see Jake Owen on July 27. - AWARDED
  • Two tickets to see Seether at Q Casino on August 9. - AWARDED
  • Two tickets to see the Eli Young Band at Q Casino on August 11. - AWARDED
  • Camping basket including charcoal grill, cooler, blanket, and s'mores supplies. - AWARDED
  • Amazon Tap Alexa-enabled Bluetooth Speaker. - AWARDED
    Grand Prize
    • Family membership to the Museum & Aquarium, $50 credit to Museum Stores or Harbor View Grill, private behind-the-scenes tour for 4 at the Museum & Aquarium, and 4 stingray feedings.

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