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Get ready to be inspired at the Aerospace Museum. Starting on Feb. 6, the museum will open to the public the dramatic, interactive and world-class Leonardo da Vinci “Machines in Motion” international traveling exhibit.

On display for the first time in California, forty machine replicas will be part of the impressive exhibit that will occupy nearly 9,000-square foot of space inside the spacious Museum. In order to install the new exhibition, the Aerospace Museum will be closed to the public beginning January 28 and will re-open on February 6.* The dynamic “Machines in Motion” exhibit will remain on display at the Aerospace Museum through September 7, 2017.

Once open, Museum guests will have the unique opportunity to set a wide variety of machines in motion while learning and exploring the wide range of mechanical principles da Vinci employed to create each one. Grouped together in four sections according to the element which the machine operates or from which it draws power — Earth, Water, Air and Fire – the exhibit features visionary early inventions such as the helicopter, glider, armored tank, drive transmission, printing press, bicycle, robot and more.

In addition, a da Vinci themed PlayZone will also be available for very young children to inspire creative learning.

“We are thrilled to bring the genius of da Vinci to the Aerospace Museum and our inquisitive guests,” said Roxanne Yonn, Executive Director of the Aerospace Museum of California. “Most people first think of da Vinci as one of the world’s most famous painters but he was also a brilliant inventor and creator who was way ahead of his time. In addition to the amazing number and diverse range of machines he created, he was intrigued by the phenomenon of flight and detailed plans for several flying machines, many of which guests will see on display at the Museum.”

All of the hands-on machines on display at the Museum are based on Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary designs and innovative notebook drawings that have been meticulously constructed by a modern team of scientists and craftsmen in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy.

The Leonardo da Vinci “Machines in Motion” hands-on exhibit is included with Museum admission:  $15 for adults, $12 for seniors & teachers (with ID), $12 for children & youth (ages 6-17), and is free for children ages 5 and under along with active duty military (with ID) and Museum members.

Additionally, the Aerospace Museum of California is now seeking interested volunteer tour guides to help Museum guests understand and participate in the upcoming exhibit. No experience is necessary and a background in aviation or machinery is not required to become a volunteer. Training will be provided and a minimum of 20 volunteer hours per month is required of all Museum volunteers.

For more information about the Leonardo da Vinci “Machines in Motion” exhibit or the Aerospace Museum of California in general, call 916-643-3192 or visit www.aerospaceca.org. To inquire about volunteering, call 916-564-3474 or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@aerospaceca.org.

Photo is courtesy of Evergreen Exhibitions and the Aerospace Museum of California.

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Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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