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Franklin Institute Exhibit Brings da Vinci’s Inventions To Life

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(da Vinci's Mechanical Lion which was used to dispense lilies / Credit: Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio)

(da Vinci’s Mechanical Lion which was used to dispense lilies / Credit: Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A new exhibition at The Franklin Institute gives visitors a truly hands-on examination of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop, an exhibition from Milan, brings to life dozens of the inventions of the 15th century renaissance man. They include a mechanical lion, a robot knight, a self-propelled cart, a mechanical bat, a multi-cannon gunship and many others.

Dennis Wint, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute, said the exhibit brings da Vinci’s technology of the past to life with new technology of the present. “Not only do we have these extraordinary models but we have this truly extraordinary touch screen technology which allows you to build the model in the way that Leonardo would have built it and then take it apart,” Wint said.

Da Vinci’s paintings are not forgotten. The exhibit features reproductions of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa from the original plates.

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Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio

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