The world of Leonardo da Vinci at the Clos Lucé château

King François the First invited Leonardo da Vinci in the autumn 1516. Da Vinci left Italy and settled at the Clos Lucé bringing his notebooks and manuscripts and three of his major works of art: the Mona Lisa, the Virgin and Child with St. Anne and St. John the Baptist.

500th year anniversary of the time that Leonardo Da Vinci spent in Amboise (1516-1519)

At the Clos Lucé château, the Italian genius relentlessly worked on extraordinary projects such as, the design of a magnificent castle for the king. He died in his bedroom at home on the 2nd of May 1519. Discover Leonardo da Vinci at home, at the Clos Lucé (in French):

2018 cultural season: Leonardo da Vinci, the dream of flight

Ever since he was a child in Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci watched birds with fascination and curiosity. Later, as an engineer in Florence, Milan, Rome and Amboise, he scrutinised, drew and studied the flying techniques of small and large birds. In his codices, the dream found concrete expression through a whole host of drawings, sketches and studies of diverse flying machines including an aerial screw, ornithopter, mechanical wing, parachute and glider.


Family friendly events and workshops (May 2018)

Families are invited to discover the mysteries of air or space by participating in workshops and making their own flying machines inspired by the displays found in the park.

  • Fabrication of flying machines: May, 11th, 12th and 13th
  • Discovery of the secret of space with the Spatiobus from the National Centre for Space Studies: May, 10th, 11th, 12th et 13th
  • Discovery of Aerodynamic: May, 20th and 21st (in the afternoon only)

Exhibition trails all along the year (April 20th – December 31st )

“Leonardo da Vinci and biomimicry”, outdoor exhibition trails to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s observations and studies on the flight of birds.

Château of the Clos Lucé

Château of the Clos Lucé

Château of the Clos Lucé

Château of the Clos Lucé

Château of the Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci

2 rue du Clos Lucé, 37 400 AMBOISE

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