Da Vinci Machines Exhibition offers hands-on learning experience

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - In a rather unique space along Market Street, imagination and innovative ideas are on display. Not new ideas, but old ones from a man best known for one of the most famous paintings of all time.

"I pretty much just thought he was a painter," said Paige Woodley, a senior at Marquette High School.

It's one of the most common things overheard at the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition as people discover the many machines Leonardo da Vinci sketched out 500 years ago.

"Some estimate we use some 3,000 of his different designs on a regular basis today," said Paul Doneff, curator of The DaVinci Machines Exhibition.

As you wander through the exhibit you'll see the da Vinci bicycle, hang glider, and air screw, the precursor to the modern-day helicopter.

"I had no idea, I mean I knew he did some inventions, but not as much everyday things like the bicycle," said Lily Fitzgibbon, another Marquette senior.

Not only can you read about more than 60 of those machines, you can touch, turn, and twist several of them.

"A lot of these machines would not have been made in Leonardo's time. These are recreations from Leonardo's original designs," said Doneff.

Recreations that he hopes will not only inform visitors about one of the most diversely talented people, but will inspire.

"So what I'm going to ask all of you to do is to look inside of you and discover the da Vinci in you. To see how in your own little way you too can make the world a better place," said Doneff as he wrapped up his tour.

The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition is here through May. It's open every day except Monday at the Bank of America Plaza on Market Street. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for students and to learn more visit their website.

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