It's no secret that The Salt Project loves The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City. (Our past posts here, here and here.) It's an awesome hands-on experience where you are encouraged to ask questions, build with your hands and expand your imagination! The Leonardo has brought in many different exhibits, but now they want to have one that Utah can all their own.
So what are they adding?!
An exhibit ALL ABOUT FLYING called Flight.
Just a few fun facts!
- The exhibit is homegrown, right here in Utah! It is not a traveling exhibit like Body Worlds, Mummies of the World or Dead Sea Scrolls, but is a semi-permanent exhibit that will be on display for the next few years.
- The reason we chose an exhibit about Flight is because it was one of Leonardo da Vinci’s biggest passions during his life. And, since he is our namesake, we thought it would fit. We will have a full-sized replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s very first man-powered flying machine on display in the exhibit.
- The crowning jewel of the exhibit is a giant, C-131 aircraft. The aircraft is so large that to get it into the museum, we actually had to take off part of the wall of the building. Additionally, the wingspan is so big that it only clears the walls of the exhibit by six inches on either side. What’s better is that this isn’t just an airplane you can look at it. You can get up on the wings of the airplane and run from one side to the other. You can get in the cockpit and mess with all the buttons, levers and gadgets. You can slide out the back of the airplane on our giant slide. You can even get in and take a look at the fuselage and how things are put together and learn how airplanes are built and work.
- The plane was actually flown on both commercial and military flights. It flew military dignitaries just after WWII and has spent the last 50 years in a boneyard in Arizona before we bought it and restored it. The plane has 2 million rivets in it, welded in by hand.
- In addition to the C-131, we have a Russian MiG-21 Fighter Jet that will be part of the exhibit.
- The exhibit also has interactives and activities that will teach visitors about three different types of flight. Buoyant flight (hot air balloons), Aerodynamic flight (airplanes) and Ballistic flight (missiles and rockets). There will also be a section on animal flight and the history of flight including Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine and a bi-plane that you can break apart and put back together.
- There will be an honest-to-goodness rocket pack, just like they use in the movies, except this one actually worked at one point. It doesn’t now, but you’ll be able to see the pack, mess around with it and discover how these things work.
- There will also be three hyper-realistic flight simulators provided by Rockwell Collins so you can get in and fly all sorts of missions, planes and other things to get your blood pumping.
The Leonardo needs some love! They want to bring Flight to The Leonardo. Check out how you can help by donating and spreading the word here.
"In short, it was one of Leonardo da Vinci’s biggest obsessions. We like to think of him as an artist or a painter, and he was miraculous in that endeavor, but he spent a significant amount of effort pioneering how to fly. He studied engineering, the anatomy of birds, the science of the wind and tried to design his own flying machine. He used every tool at his disposal to explore the topic of Flight. At The Leonardo, we seek to do the same thing with every topic out there. Flight just felt like a natural place to start.
Flight also has a compelling tie to Utah. With the aerospace industry such a big part of life in Utah—from Hill Air Force base to Boeing and Rockwell Collins, flying through the air is a huge part of the community. We wanted to highlight the Utah contribution to Flight, but more than that, we wanted to encourage the next generation of engineers, scientists, pilots and more to keep Utah’s tradition of Flight in the air."
Crowd Funding! If you pledge $50 you get (4) tickets to the Pre-Opening of Flight! If you back with $30 you get 4 tickets to the exhibit, bomber hat and goggles, plus a treat at the cafe. Normal retail price for the tickets is $12.95/ticket, so this almost $5 off adult tickets and $3 off the lowest kids pricing. It’s a great deal! Check out all the other options!
We've teamed up with The Leonardo to giveaway one family pass Plus Membership to attend the museum, good for 1 year.
You also get access to the Pre-Opening Flight night! Valued at $145 and allows 2 adults and up to 6 guests year round access to the museum and all of the exhibits. You also get 15% off in the bistro and in the retail store. Plus, you get to come to all monthly member events for free like our Bubble Fest in July and behind-the-scenes access to new exhibits as they open. You can also have discounted birthday parties at The Leo.
We love the Leonardo and would love to go to the museum on a regular basis with a season pass. Their special exhibits are wonderful and have left lasting impressions on my son. I have yet to take my 1-year old daughter but I'd love to soon! It's one of the few places an entire family or group of people will enjoy no matter their age or interests. Thanks!
We were at the Main Library yesterday& saw the Leonardo unloading a jet off of a semi, it looked amazing! I can't wait to see it in the exhibit.