If you’re from Utah, odds are you are familiar with The Leonardo and their traveling exhibits like Body Worlds, Dead Sea Scrolls, or Mummies of the World, but did you know they have a semi-permanent exhibit coming next month called FLIGHT that is homegrown right here in Utah? I’m not sure if I’ve ever been as excited to visit a museum in my life! We are a plane-obsessed family, so combining The Leonardo’s hands-on learning policy with all things flight means we just might just be taking up permanent residence in this exhibit come August 6th. 😉
The Leonardo’s namesake, Leonardo da Vinci, had a huge passion for flight, so it only makes sense that they chose to base an exhibit around this concept. In fact, there will be a full-sized replica of da Vinci’s very first man-powered flying machine on display, in addition to a giant C-131 aircraft, a Russian MiG-21 Fighter Jet, a rocket pack just like you see in the movies, and all sorts of interactive activities including three hyper-realistic flight simulators so you can go on missions yourself and a bi-plane you can take apart and put back together!
The biggest part of the exhibit is the C-131 aircraft. It is so large that to get it into the museum, they actually had to take off part of the wall of the building and the wingspan is so big that it only clears the walls of the exhibit by six inches on either side. But the best part? In true Leo fashion, you can get up on the wings of the airplane and run from one side to the other. You can get in the cockpit and mess with all the buttons, levers and gadgets. You can slide out the back of the airplane on a giant slide. You can even get in and take a look at the fuselage and how things are put together and learn how airplanes are built and work.
Jack is literally obsessed with all things airplane/rocket/flying related (AKA I can’t even write this post without him trying to steal my computer so he can look at that picture of the planes), so we couldn’t be more excited to attend the pre-opening party on August 5th! If you want to join us and be one of the first to see the exhibit before it opens to the public, check out the Kickstarter campaign here. Backing the project with $50 will get you 4 tickets to the pre-opening of Flight, but if you can’t make it that day, $30 will get you 4 tickets to visit the exhibit after it opens, as well as a bomber hat, goggles and a treat at the cafe. Tickets normally retail at $12.95 a piece, so this is a great deal!
There are so many more amazing things about Flight that I can’t fit into one blog post, so you will definitely want to take advantage of this opportunity and grab discounted tickets so you can see it all for yourself. We are already counting down the days until the pre-opening party & can’t wait to see you there!