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Château du Clos Lucé, Amboise

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Famous as the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci at the end of his life between 1516 and 1519, Château du Clos Lucé 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. Using our custom trip planner, Amboise attractions like Château du Clos Lucé can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Chateau du Clos Luce is a beautifully preserved chateau that is where Leonardo da Vinci spent the last 3 years of his life. Many of the exhibits are dedicated to his works, including a workshop and dr...  more »
  • This wasn't really my bag but my husband insisted we go here as he is a huge Da Vinci devotee. This is truly a remarkable "attraction". It is an exhibition devoted to a true genius. The presentations ...  more »
  • The informative displays in both the house and on the grounds illustrate how far de Vinci was ahead of his times. Working models are fascinating  more »
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  • Great, interesting history of the last year's of Da Vinci and he is buried at Amboise as well. A genius! The models were fascinating. The gardens are beautiful. They should reduce the ticket price.
  • Amazing gardens. The house is smaller than we thought but seeing many of his inventions built was really great. The playground is fun too..
  • More expensive than other châteaux, buy it's Leonardo Da Vinci's home. Just go. Very pretty and the exhibits of his inventions are cool.
  • Probably the best châteaux I've visited for a long time. Not grand, just absolutely fascinating and a real eye opener as to just how much of a genius Leonardo Da Vinci was.
  • Do not miss this place if you are a Leonardo da Vinci fan. If you are not yet a fan, you will become one by the end of your visit. To stand inside the studio of Da Vinci, to see his practice drawings, his notes, the machines he designed and to walk around the garden were so fascinating!