Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, Amboise

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Famous as the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci at the end of his life between 1516 and 1519, Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci is now an interactive museum with forty models of visionary machines designed by Leonardo. You can experiment with Leonardo's inventions by steering his tank, paddling his boat, operating his fan-style machine gun, and spinning Archimedes' screw used to lift water.

Pick up a brochure in English and 14 other languages at the entrance that includes a map of the garden, the park, the château, and the countryside.

Discover the first automobile illustrated in Leonardo's innovative mechanical drawings and the machines he developed using his knowledge of botany and zoology. His studies of body mechanics inspire the workings of many of his machines. View his illustrations for flying machines that parallel modern technologies for helicopters, gliders, and propellers. Explore Leonardo's plan for a functioning city and his famous geometric drawing of a dodecahedron.

Enter Leonardo's universe in the park containing 20 huge interactive machines. Float around the lake in the boat Leonardo designed, walk along the paths with 40 oversized translucent canvases depicting diverse works, and walk across the two-level bridge Leonardo designed to reach his garden that brings his botanical drawings to life. Your children will love this fun exhibit so much they'll forget it's also educational. Arrange your visit to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and discover more family-friendly attractions in Amboise using our Amboise trip itinerary maker website.
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  • The chateau is beautiful and the gardens are pure magic. I could have easily spent all day here-- I'm sorry we only have 2 hours! 
    The chateau is beautiful and the gardens are pure magic. I could have easily spent all day here-- I'm sorry we only have 2 hours!  more »
  • The Clos Luce Chateau's exterior is not that impressive in my opinion. On our 3 days Loire Chateaus tour we saw much more beautiful and bigger, starting with the nearby Royal Amboise. Clos Luce in... 
    The Clos Luce Chateau's exterior is not that impressive in my opinion. On our 3 days Loire Chateaus tour we saw much more beautiful and bigger, starting with the nearby Royal Amboise. Clos Luce in...  more »
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  • Very good! Interesting castle and big garden with a lot of entertainment. It's also god friendly. You can even visit the castle with your god if you keep him or her in a bag.
  • Very friendly service and a good variety of food. Croissant, cakes, quiche, salad whatever you want. Will come back for sure.

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