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Discovery Park of America set to open new Da Vinci Machines and Robotics exhibit

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Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tennessee 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 15th, and is sure to amaze and delight visitors from near and far.

According to Polly Brasher, Education Director at the park, the Da Vinci exhibit is very interactive.

“Da Vinci’s inventions were the inspiration behind, and catalyst for, all kinds of modern day equipment,” Brasher stated. “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 & Hydraulic machines and 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.

After 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.

Other upcoming traveling exhibits include:

* 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

If you would like to be among the first to see the Da Vinci Machines exhibit, there are a limited number of seats available for the VIP fund raising dinner on Saturday night, January 14th. VIP dinner tickets can be purchased online or by calling the park at 731-885-5455.

Discovery Park of America is open 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 Tuesday through Sunday.

To find out more about Discovery Park of America, visit the website at

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