New Discovery Park Traveling Exhibit May Be the Best One Yet

by Mary Nita Bondurant

Discovery Park of America employee, Al Wright, examines the “auto lock mechanism,” one of Da Vinci’s inventions that is still in use today. The auto lock mechanism is one of over 60 machines invented by the famous artist/inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci. The Da Vinci Machines and Robotics exhibition from Italy is on display at Discovery Park of America from January 15 through April 30.

Discovery Park of America is  bringing another world class traveling exhibit to the park, all the way from Italy. The Da Vinci Machines and Robotics is set to open to the public on Sunday, January 15, and is sure to amaze and delight visitors from near and far.
DPA Education Director Polly Brasher said that she thinks this exhibit will be the best one yet. That is saying a lot, since Discovery Park has already hosted the world-class Titanic and Bodies Revealed traveling exhibitions. According to Brasher, who has seen the Da Vinci exhibit, it is very interactive. “Da Vinci’s inventions were the inspiration behind, and catalyst for, all kinds of modern day equipment,” Brasher said. “Most people don’t have any idea that this famous artist had one of the most brilliant minds of all times,” she added.

The Da Vinci Machines Exhibition displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500-year-old designs. Many of the exhibits are interactive, giving visitors the opportunity to see the inner workings of some amazing inventions. The main features on display include the bicycle, spring powered car, hang glider, and the Air Screw, a precursor to the helicopter. The exhibit presents models grouped in themes: War Machines, Flying Machines, Nautical and Hydraulic Machines as well as devices illustrating the principles of mechanics. Visitors can touch and handle many of the models, giving them a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model.

In addition to park admission, the price to go through the exhibit is $5.00 for all students, $6.00 for Discovery Park members and groups of 20 or more, and $7.00 for all others. Pre-kindergarten children are free.
Discovery Park of America is committed to bringing world class traveling exhibits to the rural northwest Tennessee region. Upcoming traveling exhibits include:

January 15, 2017 – April 30, 2017- Da Vinci Machines and Robotics
June 20, 2017 – September 30, 2017- Made in Tennessee
October 13, 2017 – January 7, 2018- World of Giant Insects
September 21, 2018 – December 30, 2018- Thomas & Friends Explore the Rails
January 18, 2019 – May 5, 2019- Planet Shark

Discovery Park of America is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday. It is a unique blend of history and technology, knowledge and fun. To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at