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Da Vinci Robots & Machines

Saturday 15th April-Sunday 13th August 2017

Terminator, The Matrix, Wall-E, Get Smart … we’ve always been fascinated with gadgets, robots and machines. We generally tend to think of it as a 21st century construct, yet the earliest conceptualisation of robots can be found as far back as the 4th century BC.

One of the first recorded designs of a humanoid robot was made by Leonardo da Vinci in around 1495 AD. Renowned primarily as a painter Da Vinci conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime. Today, Leonardo is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived.

Nelson Provincial Museum is showcasing Da Vinci’s genius with an exhibition of some of his most ground-breaking technologies from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. All of the exhibits are handcrafted using the same materials and techniques used in the 15th century.

Family Friendly


April 15–30
May 1–31
June 1–30
July 1–31
August 1–13


10 - 5pm Weekdays, 10 - 4.30pm Weekends & Public Holidays


Nelson & suburbs


The Nelson Provincial Museum - Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao
Town Acre 445, Cnr Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Adult $8, Child $5, Family $25 (2 adults & up to 4 children)


Ph. 03 548 9588

Additional Info

Official Website


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