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The Leonardo
209 East 500 South
Salt Lake City
UT
84111
Tel: 801 531 9800

Directions

If you are heading north on the I-15, take the 600 South exit and keep going until 300 E. Take a left to 500 S, then another left. The museum is on the corner of 200 E and 500 S.

If you are heading south on the I-15, take the 400 S exit and keep going until 200 E. Take a right and again the museum is on the corner of 200 E and 500 S.

There is free parking for 2 hours on weekends, paid parking in the underground Library Square, and street parking.

Where are we going today?

Have you ever been to a museum where you walk around and notice all the "Don't Touch" signs? "Don't touch this"..."Stay off that"...?  That's no fun!

Well, at The Leonardo, they love you to!  Touch, feel, question....all based around the principals and discoveries of Leonardo da Vinci.  If you haven't heard about him, then you certainly will have by the time you leave!

He began his journey learning how to really see things.  Look around you in the museum - what can you see?  

Then you move to technology.  Silent film became blockbuster movies.  Storytelling turned from books to online.  Here you can go behind the scenes at the art and science of creating videos in their very cool animation workshop!  Forget paint brushes - paint a picture with digital paint! Play around with their green screen technology, and even make your own movie.  Spielberg step aside!

If you are a bit of a problem solver you will love the engineering section.  Did you know the word "engineering" comes from the Latin word for cleverness?  Because they solve problems!  In this very hands on exhibit you can tinker, play, experiment and learn with all their gizmos and gadgets using the simple methods of physics.  Maybe you will create something life changing! You never know...

If creativity is in your blood then by all means come and create!  Draw, sculpt, paint and create in their classes, workshops and drop-in activities - all included in the museum admission! Don't forget to catch that creativity - it seems to be running wild!

Math lovers - they haven't forgotten about you.  Leonardo da Vinci began to focus on math when he reached middle age.  After that, math influenced everything else in his life - including art!  Here you can begin to understand how to use math to unlock other elements in the world.  Fascinating stuff!

There are constant workshops for both adults and kids, as well as fun summer camps and free events, so keep in touch to see what you don't want to be missing!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$9
  • Children$7 (ages 6 - 11) / $8 (ages 12 - 17)
  • Free Under: 5
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Sunday - Wednesday 10am - 5pm / Thursday to Saturday 10am - 10pm

Teachers corner

The Leonardo is an exceptional outlet for kids to really learn a variety of subjects. They can assist with school visits, educator training, and ensure all their programs follow the core curriculum. Field trips can be guided or self guided. There are so many options make sure you have a chat with them when you are there, or give them a call! .

I'm Hungry!

Food For Thought is a quiet star offering a delicious menu, so feel free to enjoy lunch while you have a break from all that knowledge!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully accessible to wheelchairs.

There is also handicap parking available on 200 E and in the Library Sq underground parking garage, accessed on the south side of 400 S. .

Can I get one of those?

There are some great and unique items available! From books, garden ornaments, fun gifts...make sure you spend some time in the store!.

What people are saying?

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    Very disappointed because the tour was not monitered. Didn't get to see half the exhibits. Was told they also had a malfunction on equipment that slowed it down. Was told tour took about hour and half and tour every 15 minutes. Getting tickets took longer than it should have. Waited to start tour longer than expected. Then it was too many people all at once. Lines didn't move and when got to the scrolls, people were just standing and not moving around the exhibit. Asked a staff person what can they do to get the line moving and they didn't...Read More

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    Saw dead bodies, only took 15 minutes to see everything, perfect for any sadist in the family.

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    Small museum, looks nice on the outside.

    So about half the museum is recycled materials- cut up books, bits of clay you can make things out of, paper plane making etc. Quite a bit of the art is stuff kids made on the spot.

    The other half is for older children, like a green screen, a motion capture room, etc.

    The biggest problem is half of the items are either damaged or not even plugged in/ put together.

    A repeating problem is that a lot of the "interactive" exhibits are not actually interactive.

    Frankly its just not even close to worth...Read More

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    My wife and I went to see the Animal Body display they had which was small but interesting. Otherwise this place is really only for children as they have several cool looking interactive labs but nothing else for just adults really.

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    Underwhelming. My wife and I were surprised how sparse it was. Very few engaging interactive exhibits. Plenty of visual arts displays that look pretty but don't explain anything.

    The first floor was "Here's some paper, try to draw these broken wooden models", "Here's some rocks in sand...do something with them", and "Here's some leftover paper and glue, build something." The second floor was a bit better, but not by much. Third floor is completely empty.

    The museum definitely didn't feel like it was put together by folks with a background...Read More

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by Sheryl Barry

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Very disappointed because the tour was not monitered. Didn't get to see half the exhibits. Was told they also had a malfunction on equipment that slowed it down. Was told tour took about hour and half and tour every 15 minutes. Getting tickets took longer than it should have. Waited to start tour longer than expected. Then it was too many people all at once. Lines didn't move and when got to the scrolls, people were just standing and not moving around the exhibit. Asked a staff person what can they do to get the line moving and they didn't have an answer. Too bad.

by Jeremy Diaz

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Small museum, looks nice on the outside.

So about half the museum is recycled materials- cut up books, bits of clay you can make things out of, paper plane making etc. Quite a bit of the art is stuff kids made on the spot.

The other half is for older children, like a green screen, a motion capture room, etc.

The biggest problem is half of the items are either damaged or not even plugged in/ put together.

A repeating problem is that a lot of the "interactive" exhibits are not actually interactive.

Frankly its just not even close to worth the money. Don't go, you can do most of the things kids will like at home.

by Brad Peterson

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Underwhelming. My wife and I were surprised how sparse it was. Very few engaging interactive exhibits. Plenty of visual arts displays that look pretty but don't explain anything.

The first floor was "Here's some paper, try to draw these broken wooden models", "Here's some rocks in sand...do something with them", and "Here's some leftover paper and glue, build something." The second floor was a bit better, but not by much. Third floor is completely empty.

The museum definitely didn't feel like it was put together by folks with a background in science education. Instead, it feels like they just gave floor space to volunteers and told them to create what they can with any junk they have laying around.

That said, the staff is very friendly. And the green screen/weather part was done well.

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