The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit

If you are like us, we find anything related to Leonardo da Vinci very interesting … probably because of our love for aviation.

So, when we learned there was a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit nearby, we jumped at the chance to check it out….and it is FREE!

The international exhibition of Las Máquinas de Da Vinci is on display at Diputación de Alicante on Avenida de la Estación until November 1, 2022. It contains over 50 reproductions of his inventions and art work including the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper  and the Lady with an Ermine.

We arrived just as a guided tour was starting and we were glad to be able to join without a booking. Our guide was very knowledgeable, animated in her delivery and fun! She told us about what we can expect to see, a bit of Leonardo’s history along with how Leonardo’s observations, research and  analysis, ideas and imagination led to the creation of machines ahead of his time. 

As an example, she shared how Leonardo saw the human and animal forms and imagined them to be: bones = wood, ligaments = rope,  joints = hinges and muscles as the power source.

You can visit the exhibit Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and again from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.  

You can book a guided tour (in Spanish) Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  It will be easiest to book by calling 965 98 89 11 or sending an email to cultura@diputacionalicante.es. 

Example of how to ask for a guided visit in Spanish:

“Me gustaría reservar una visita con guía para la exposición de Leonardo da Vinci para el martes a las 18:00 horas. “

My personal favourites are the parachute, hang glider and Paddle Boat.

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