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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  • Loved this place. Lots of bridges in a beautiful park setting. Picnic area and cafes on site. Gets busy around 11 so get there early or later in the day. Exhibitions very interesting. 
    Loved this place. Lots of bridges in a beautiful park setting. Picnic area and cafes on site. Gets busy around 11 so get there early or later in the day. Exhibitions very interesting.  more »
  • The house was in very good shape and we really enjoyed the tour. Better maintained than most properties we visited. The gardens are rather extensive. There are numerous drawings on display from Da... 
    The house was in very good shape and we really enjoyed the tour. Better maintained than most properties we visited. The gardens are rather extensive. There are numerous drawings on display from Da...  more »
  • I wasn’t overly impressed with the inside of the Château but the park itself was very pleasant to stroll through, it is much bigger than I expected and has plenty of shades for a hot summer day and... 
    I wasn’t overly impressed with the inside of the Château but the park itself was very pleasant to stroll through, it is much bigger than I expected and has plenty of shades for a hot summer day and...  more »
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  • This place is amazing. We saw the rooms where Leonardo lived and worked. Then they have interactive displays all over about his work. Then there are these beautiful gardens with more artifacts and another building with more features oriented towards learning and science. Really close to Amboise castle. Awesome stuff.
  • Very comfortable to tour, not too crowded, with good descriptions of many features available. The park is very peaceful and pleasant with many interesting models of Leonardo's sketches. The château is small and easily seen with some interesting artifacts, but little contextualization or explanation of why many of the pieces are even found where they are--leaving the objects disconnected from the site. Unfortunately, the kitchens were removed to place still more models (many less-interesting duplicates of those found in the garden) as a rather disorganized catalogue, they seem vaguely grouped by sort of mechanisms or purpose of the machines, but not organized within those groupings (e.g. chronologically).
  • The gardens are beautiful but my expectations were, I guess too high. The entry price vs other castles is high. Sadly the recreations of Leornardo da Vinci inventions in the garden couldn't really be interacted with by the children. I would still recommend but maybe go to Amboise Castle as well.
  • Excellent small chateau. See the room where Leonardo da Vinci died. Well decorated inside with period furniture or facsimiles. Nice brochure that helps you understand.
  • Fascinating exhibits of Leonardo da Vinci's numerous creations. Absolutely a highlight of our trip to France. I would definitely visit again, and we strongly recommend visiting.

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