Da Vinci The Genius Traveling Exhibit at The Mind Museum.

Note: I was supposed to publish this last week before the Da Vinci The Genius traveling exhibit left The Mind Museum but my blog editor went bonkers and deleted the detailed entry I composed for two hours! I wanted to cry.  But the experience was pretty awesome so I decided to re-write it though not as detailed as my first draft.   I don't know what's up with The Mind Museum related entries.  This also happened to my first Mind Museum entry. 

I bought tickets to the Da Vinci The Genius traveling exhibit at pre-selling but due to hectic schedules, T and I were only able to go a week before it left.

It turned to be some sort of blessing in disguise since there was a Renaissance Fair the day we went. 

There were activity booths and food concessionaires.

One of the food concessionaires was Baguettini.  T and I tried the Cheese Truffle Honey (P90/$2.50) and Sesame Lechon Kawali (P90/$2.50).  Both were good!  T wanted to try the other sandwiches but restrained himself lest he ruin his appetite for dinner (read my blog post about Cafe Puccini).

There was even a surprise performance from the Philharmonic Orchestra.   We haven't seen the exhibit and yet we were already entertained by the Renaissance Fair! 

And when I got to the ticket counter, I got another surprise.  Since I bought the tickets during pre-selling, not only did I get them cheaper, I also received an unexpected gift, two Da Vinci postcards! 

Now on to the main event...

The exhibit features Da Vinci's work divided into sections.

Father of Flight

According to the exhibit, the dream of human flight was already in the mind of engineers and inventors in the 15th century.  But Da Vinci was the first to look at the science of flight.


"A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law.  It lies within the power of man to make this instrument with all its motions, but without the full scope of its powers; but this limitation only applies with respect to balancing itself.  Acordingly we may say that such an instrument fabricated by man lacks nothing but the soul of man." -Leonardo da Vinci

Unlike the displays in the Mind Museum which you could play with, some of the items in this exhibit have the "Do Not Touch" sign.

It's probably because the items in the Flight section looked fragile.

Physics and Mechanical Principles

"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.  Knowing is not enough, we must apply.  Being willing is not enough; we must do." -Leonardo da Vinci

But come this section, there were more "Can Touch" signs.

T, who loves to tinker with things, was obviously happy.

This Emergency Bridge has the "Do Not Touch" sign again.

But there was a mat and some sticks below it which you can use to build a mini replica of the bridge.

Hydraulic and Aquatic Machines

"Water is the driving force of all nature." -Leonardo Da Vinci

This is how the old scuba diving gear looked like.

Imagine coming across this in the middle of the night.  Scary.

There was also a Mini Theater in the area featuring a short film about the "Story of Leonardo da Vinci". 

Musical, Time-Keeping and Optical Instruments

"The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of the invisible things." -Leonardo da Vinci

I wondered what this box was when I first saw it.  My first guess was a big musical box.

Apparently, it's a mirror room.  Pretty cool and yet creepy at the same time.

This is heaven for selfie addicts :D

Military Engineering

"War created new mechanical and strategic challenges, and some of Leonardo's most inventive activities focused on weapons of war."

While T's attention was on the tank on display...

...I was fascinated with the Battle of Anghiara drawings.  I know these are just replicas but they were captivating!

Renaissance Art

"Art is never finished, only abandoned." -Leonardo Da Vinci

The highlight of the area was a replica of the Mona Lisa.

Beside it was the "Secrets of Mona Lisa" which listed very interesting facts about the infamous painting.

Aside from the Mona Lisa, I think one of Da Vinci's best work is the Vitruvian Man where heproved the concept called the "golden ratio".  Does everything apply to you?

  • A palm is the width of four fingers.
  • A foot is the width of four palms.
  • A man's height is 24 palms.
  • The length of a man's outstretched arms is equal to his height.
  • The distance from the hairline to the bottom of the chin is 1/10 of a man's height.
  • The distance from the top pof the head to the bottom of the chin is 1/8 of a man's height.
  • The maximum width of the shoulder's is a quarter of a man's height.
  • The distance from the elbow to the tip of the hand is 1/5 of a man's height.
  • The distance from the elbow to the armpit is 1/8 of a man's height.
  • The length of the hand is 1/10 of a man's height.
  • The distance from the bottom of the chin to the nose is 1/3 the length of the head.
  • The distance from the hairline to the eyebrows is 1/3 the length of the face.
  • The length of the ear is 1/3 the length of the face.

Other replicas of Da Vinci's artwork were also on display.

A high definition recreation of The Last Supper in its actual size (29 x 14.5ft) was reflected on the wall but unfortunately the spotlights in the area were too bright so the image wasn't really that clear.


They say Da Vinci's scientific and technical ideas were found in handwritten manuscripts, of which only 6,000 pages survive.  He was supposed to publish it as a great encyclopaedia of knowledge but for one reason or another, it did not happen. 

Anatomical Drawings

According to the facts on the wall, Leonardo started to discover anatomy of the human body at the time he was apprenticed to Andrea del Verrochio, as his teacher insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy to apply to art.

So that answered my question.  I always wondered why Da Vinci studied anatomy when he wasn't really a medical doctor.

I just had to include this photo because of the expression on the man's face.  Tickets to the Da Vinci Exhibit, $8.  Photobomb,  priceless.

Life and Times

Can you see the section in the background?  There were too many people in the area so it was hard to take a photo.  Basically, the section gives an overview of Da Vinci's life from his birth in 1452 to his death in 1519.

Civil Machines

"There are three classes of people: those who see; those who see when they are shown; those who do not see." -Leonardo Da Vinci

They say Da Vinci often worked on engineering projects to create machines that would help make tasks more efficient.  And up until this day, some of his creations are still being used in everyday machine work.

The Ideal City

Da Vinci came up with the concept of the Ideal City, planned according to a concept of unity and harmony. 

The last display before the exit is the humanoid robot.  They say Da Vinci drew sketches of the world's first robot which was clad in medieval armor similar to that of a knight and designed to make human-like motions.  What's amazing about this is that his drawings were used by NASA as a basis to make the first humanoid robot to man the International Space Station in 1998.  Imagine, Da Vinci made in the 1400's and yet experts still use his drawings in the 1990's.  Truly a man ahead of his time.

At the end of the exhibit was the Souvenir Shop.  I was only planning to buy a bookmark...

...But T and I ended up getting a bookmark, a souvenir programme and a couple of magnets.

Like I mentioned, the Da Vinci The Genius is a traveling exhibit and by now is in Cape Town, South Africa.  I'm so glad T and I were able to see it before it left the Philippines.   If you're going to Cape Town anytime soon, you can check this website.

And I'll end this post with one of my favorite quotes from Leonardo Da Vinci...

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.  Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen." -Leonardo da Vinci

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Date of Visit: 24 November 2013

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