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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  • A beautiful little cosy castle where Leonardo da Vinci lived and died - it is very well preserved and it is very emotional to see the bedroom, oratorio, work room and park in which Leonardo da Vinci l...  more »
  • Nice place to visit but with a clear preference for its exterior. The building is very beautiful and her garden not to be missed. I recommend strongly the walk!
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  • As my husband and I toured Leonardo Da Vinci's last home in this small town of Amboise, we felt as if we were walking on almost sacred ground. To see his workshop with models of his inventions, and hi...  more »
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  • Second visit and even better. Really hands on for everyone. Our 4 year old can't stop talking about it, great for the grownups too. Food in restaurant good quick service and fair price
  • Beautiful grounds, well laid out as it looks at DaVinci as artist, inventor and nature lover. There were many presentations on the grounds that one can choose to hear in English as well as several other languages. I saw many young children enjoying the ground and playing on creative equipment based on DaVinci's inventions.
  • Great few hours out. Always been fascinated about Leonardo da vinci so this was a must see. Didn't spend long in the gardens as it started pouring with rain but the house was a wonderful insight into the last three years of his life
  • 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.
  • An amazing historical place where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for the King of France. Beautiful displays and very interesting place to visit.

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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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