Leonardo da Vinci's Genius Comes To Life at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

Canada Science and Technology Museum

OTTAWA, ON, May 1, 2019 –The most comprehensive travelling exhibition ever compiled on one of history’s greatest minds, Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius, will debut for the first time ever in Canada at the Canada Science and Technology Museum – one of three museums under Ingenium.


Opening to the public on May 2, 2019 - marking the 500th anniversary of this death - Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, has been hailed as the most detailed and comprehensive exploration of the man’s work ever created, inviting visitors to experience Leonardo’s extraordinary life and legacy like never before.


Created by Grande Exhibitions and the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, the exhibition features seventeen compelling themed areas offering unparalleled insight into the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man as well as a unique state-of-the-art multimedia gallery courtesy of revolutionary SENSORY4™ system. This unique system transports visitors into the depths of the complex, dynamic mind of Leonardo da Vinci in an unforgettable interactive experience. Featuring high-definition motion graphics combined with authentic multimedia content and cinema-quality audio narrative, SENSORY4™ gallery tells the story of da Vinci’s life and achievements through a multisensory immersive experience like no other.


Created with the assistance of da Vinci experts in Italy and France, Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius showcases the full scope of the man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society's most notable inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle. In addition to the incredible SENSORY4TM gallery, the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to not only see but interact with over 200 unique displays, including machine inventions and Renaissance art, entertaining animations giving insight into his most notable works, and touchscreen versions of his actual codices.

Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius was developed by Grande Exhibitions in Australia, under the auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta di Venezia, with the kind assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology, France.





“We are delighted to bring Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. This unique, enlightening, and multisensory exhibition celebrates the remarkable legacy of the genius inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, architect, musician (and more), whose work intersects the STEAM disciplines that we champion at our Museum.”

-Lisa Leblanc, Director General, Canada Science and Technology Museum



Christine Clouthier

Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation




What is Sensory4™?

Developed by Grande Exhibitions, SENSORY4™ is a unique system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world. The resulting experience is dynamic, informative and visually spectacular. Incredibly detailed images flow through the mass of projectors and merge with digital surround sound to saturate the space in a breathtaking immersive display.


About the Canada Science and Technology Museum

One of three museums under Ingenium – Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation, the Canada Science and Technology Museum originally opened in 1967. Fifty years later, in 2017, the museum reopened its doors — following a full renewal — marking the start of a fresh, new chapter. Today, the museum combines what visitors loved about the previous incarnation — locomotives and the Crazy Kitchen — with 11 brand-new, interactive exhibitions. Museum guests are invited to discover, play, and experience how people have made Canada and continue to shape its future. As visitors walk through the exhibitions, visit the demonstration stage, or tinker in Exploratek, they will become a part of Canada’s story of science, technology, and innovation.


About Grande Exhibitions

Grande Exhibitions specializes in the creation, design, production, promotion and installation of large-scale exhibitions with broad cultural appeal and engaging, entertaining and educational content. From concept to completion, Grande Exhibitions creates visually and technically stunning masterpieces and transports them around the world. Its exhibitions, including Inventing Genius, 101 Inventions That Changed the World, Planet Shark: Predator or Prey, The French Impressionists – Monet to Cezanne, Alice – A Wonderland Experience, and the globally acclaimed Van Gogh Alive have exhibited over 150 times in more than 130 cities across six continents, to audiences in excess of 12 million people.


Grande Exhibitions is based in Melbourne, Australia, with satellite offices in London, UK and Atlanta, USA. Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates “Museo Leonardo Da Vinci” – a permanent museum in Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy.