Da Vinci Machines Exhibition Comes to MOTAT

The award-winning exhibition, Da Vinci Machines, from the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy opened at Auckland’s MOTAT on Saturday 30 July 2016.

Described as a designer, genius and innovator hundreds of years ahead of his time, this interactive exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to delve into the mind of the ultimate Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci, by showcasing many of his iconic inventions.

Da Vinci Machines includes an impressive collection of complex machines precisely created from original da Vinci drawings in the 15th century and hand-built in Italy. Highlights include the bicycle, spring powered car and hang glider as well as many other flying machines. Among his innovations are the incredible robot drummer, ground-breaking applications of civil engineering and fear-inspiring machines of war such as the tank.

MOTAT’s Interpretation Manager, Rebecca Britt, explains that visitors are able to investigate the principles of physics brought to life through da Vinci’s remarkable inventions. “This builds on the concept of the six simple machines demonstrated in our resident Welcome to the Machine exhibition. We want to encourage people of all ages to engage first-hand with these devices to gain a deeper understanding of principles relating to energy, mass, forces and density,” she says.

There are school educational programmes designed around Da Vinci’s Machines and it features hands-on activities, computer animations and reproductions of Leonardo's greatest artworks. Visitors are able to marvel over actual-size digital prints of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, The Annunciation, Lady with an Ermine and da Vinci’s self-portrait.

Da Vinci Machines incorporates elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) into a perfect blend for an enriching visitor experience,” says Ms Britt. “By exploring these ingenious creations of the past, MOTAT is seeking to inspire a future generation of innovators.”

As part of its commitment to showcasing innovation, the Museum is also partnering with the New Zealand Innovation Awards. MOTAT is a category sponsor, working with the Innovation Council in their search for this year’s Young New Zealand Innovator for anyone aged 16 to 35 with ground-breaking projects to share with the world. Entries for the 2016 Awards are open from now until 5 August (http://www.innovationawards.org.nz)

Da Vinci Machines is a touring exhibition which will be at MOTAT for a limited time only; from 30 July to 16 October. Developed by Artisans of Florence, it is suitable for all ages and has been viewed by millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Location: MOTAT – 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Dates: 30 July to 16 October 2016

Times: 10am to 5pm daily

Normal MOTAT admission fees apply:
$40 Family Pass (2 adults, 4 children)
$16 Adults
$8 Students/children 5-16 yrs
Free for MOTAT Mates, children under 5 and SuperGold Cardholders

For further information, photos, media passes or interviews, please contact:

Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
Phone: (09) 845 3703, Mobile: (021) 340 518
Email: vanessa.hefer@motat.org.nz