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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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  • We love the free tour inside the rooms of the Castle, and inventions of Leonardo in the gardens
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  • Parking, hordes of tourists, paid show, bird show paying... it starts to do well as the entries are very expensive. The value - price is very bad! The home of Leonard lost his soul in wanting too much win...
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  • The visit was very good but I find the price of admission too high. .. Castle and very well-maintained park... It's a treat
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  • This is a life size model of Leonardo daVinci's lock mechanism and gates for a canal. This design is still used today. Clos Lucé is his home. A fascinating peek into the life of this genius. Great for adults and kids alike. Wheelchair accessible.
  • 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..
  • Beautiful house, but the gardens are fabulous and far more interesting. You also have more time in the gardens to do and stare
  • I would highly recommend for those who know Leonardo da Vinci for just Mona Lisa. His designs were shown in a beautiful manner.

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Where to stay in Amboise

You can easily explore the area in and around Amboise from a comfortable base in the much larger town of Tours. If you do choose to stay in Amboise itself, consider booking your rooms at a private B&B on the outskirts of town. Located in park-like settings with horses and fields, these family-run establishments offer good food and insider tips to the area's tourist attractions. You can also choose a luxurious private villa in the countryside between Amboise and Tours, an area famous for its restaurants and sweeping views of the river Loire.
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