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Da Vinci exhibit coming to Dubuque in May

Life-size recreations on display, including 15-foot tall 'Last Supper'

A replica of the “Mona Lisa” is among the highlights of “Da Vinci: The Exhibition,” coming to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque from May 12 to Oct. 8. (Courtesy image: Al Powers/PowersImagery.com)
A replica of the “Mona Lisa” is among the highlights of “Da Vinci: The Exhibition,” coming to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque from May 12 to Oct. 8. (Courtesy image: Al Powers/PowersImagery.com)

DUBUQUE — You don’t have to fly to Paris to smile at the “Mona Lisa” or Milan to marvel at “The Last Supper.” Replicas of both masterpieces are coming to Dubuque as part of a five-month da Vinci exhibition at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, 350 E. Third St., Dubuque.

An artist, scientist, engineer, poet, inventor and visionary, the genius of Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has captivated audiences for centuries. This signature museum exhibition will take visitors on a journey of innovation, creativity and artistry from May 12 to Oct. 8.

Guests can see fully built, life-size recreations of da Vinci’s inventions, including early designs for the helicopter, tank, SCUBA, crane, clock and submarine — as well as his artwork, including a 15-foot tall replica of “The Last Supper,” one of his most instantly recognizable paintings.

“It’s one thing to read about history, but it’s another thing to be able to bring that history to life,” Kurt Strand, the museum and aquarium’s president and CEO said in announcing the exhibition. “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.”

Visitors will learn da Vinci’s complex beginnings and lifetime achievements through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light, anatomy and more.

To highlight some of the areas of study represented, the museum 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.

For more information and to purchase advance tickets, go to Rivermuseum.com

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