Leonardo’s Laboratory Overview
The Leonardo is more than a science museum, and science here is anything but intimidating. In the Laboratory, visitors can watch live demonstrations from the museum’s educators or explore accessible interactives and installations that communicate the basics of electricity, genetics, chemistry, light, anatomy and the scientific method. Leonardo da Vinci knew that science simply requires that we slow down, observe and think.
Leonardo’s Laboratory Highlights
Stop at the counter top in the lab for a simple self-guided science experiment. Occasionally you will find a guide for observing reflexes, identifying materials, playing a game of I Spy Nano tech or other activities. For facilitated activities check our programs schedule for science demos.
Electrify your curiosity in our lab with the Jacobs Ladder and Theremin. The Jacob’s Ladder is a high-voltage travelling arc. Watch as the spark rises up towering wires and then breaks at the top. Additionally, the laboratory includes an interactive electric instrument called a Theremin. You can play the theremin yourself without touching it! Simply wave your hand near the metal rod to hear the music.
Hands-on Fact or Fiction
Can a person’s brain be controlled over the internet? Can robots replicate themselves? Or can life be created from non-living materials like Frankenstein? Open up the cabinets and discover the facts or fiction behind these questions and more in Leonardo’s Laboratory.
This make space is included with general admission
Leonardo’s Laboratory Events
Science Experiment Demos
Visit Leonardo’s Laboratory for guided science activities. Get up close with experiments that demonstrate chemical reactions and engage the scientific method.
There are no upcoming Science Demo activities scheduled. Check back often for updates or follow us on social media for all the latest announcements.
The Leonardo da Vinci Connection
The renaissance was a major transition as humanism emerged and the medieval canon of thought began to subside. It was a time when humanity sought knowledge through critical thinking and observation. Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to science were primarily examination and documentation, at the time it was revolutionary. His scientific illustrations shed light on human anatomy as he recorded his dissections and compared his cross sections of humans and animals.