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Leonardo da Vinci was the original “Renaissance man” — an artist, inventor and engineer whose innovative designs, created 500 years ago, foretold many of the machines we use today.

Forty full-size replicas of those machines, painstakingly crafted from da Vinci’s own technical drawings, will be on display from noon to 8 p.m. daily, beginning Jan. 2, at California University of Pennsylvania.

Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion continues through May 6 in the South Conference Wing of the new Convocation Center at Cal U.

Admission is free. The public is welcome to attend.

The traveling exhibition invites interaction. Visitors can manipulate and activate most of the machines — the revolving crane, armored car, printing press, working robot and more.

Scientists and skilled artisans built the 40 replicas in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy. The exhibition has drawn crowds to museums across the United States and around the world.

Leonardo da Vinci’s machines

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Photo of Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Mostion exhibition.

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View a video of the Cal U exhibit from the Observer-Reporter.

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Cal U is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Road 43.

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Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Parking Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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For Teachers

Download an Educators' Guide with hands-on activities for upper elementary and middle school students.

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Group Visits

To arrange a group tour or educational field trip, contact Walter Czekaj, director of university exhibitions, at 724-938-5244 or

Shuttle Service

Visitors may ride a free campus shuttle to and from the Convocation Center. Shuttle stops are located near the Azorsky parking lot, at the Sixth Street Vulcan Garage entrance and at the turnaround in parking lot 11. View a shuttle map.