Boston Science Museum Presents da Vinci Exhibit

Reed Travel Features

BOSTON -- This city's Museum of Science has the distinction of being the only U.S. venue for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit, which is on display through Sept. 1.

The hands-on exhibition, "Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor and Artist," provides a retrospective on his life and legacy.

Interactive experimentation stations, scale models of inventions and CD-ROM presentations will guide visitors through da Vinci's greatest accomplishments.

The exhibit explores da Vinci's work throughout the late 1400s until his death in 1519 as well as his influence on modern art, architecture and medicine.

Visitors can try their hand at da Vinci's unique style of backwards writing, learn about his revolutionary insights on perspective and shading in art, and enjoy the museum's "please touch" policy while experimenting with architecture, anatomy, water, flight, light and shadow.

An engineer, mathematician and architect, da Vinci also was a visionary, with ideas and creations from bicycles and machine guns to automobiles.

The artist is best known as creator of the "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper."

Ticket reservations are encouraged.

Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children ages 3 to 14.

Tickets can be purchased by credit card by calling (617) 523-1441.

For more information, contact the Museum of Science at (617) 589-0250; the Web site is http://www.mos.org.

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