Youth Museum SWV Exhibit “Leonardo’s Lab” & Youth Activities

August 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia
509 Ewart Ave
Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 252-3730

Explore the mind, inventions, art and ideas of the original Renaissance Man, as you engage in a dozen hand-on activities; Create a copter, solve math puzzles, try your hand a backward writing, make your own Mona Lisa masterpiece, engineer towers, bridges and simple machines.

Multiple-user workshop tables allow individuals or groups to learn about Leonardo DaVinci’s many areas of interest in science and art – 500 years ago, this amazing polymath was adding the ”A” to STEM, and now you can , too !

The exhibit explores all the fascinating facets of Leonardo’s work. His work crossed all disciplines and the exhibit captures that perfectly.


In very hands-on ways, visitors can build, sketch, test and design via activities tied to Leonardo’s era and ideas. Children and adults both will find the brain challenges, opportunities for creative expression, and intriguing ideas appealing.

The exhibition includes interactive science and art exhibits, including: a photo-op with Mona Lisa, ratio-coordinated gears to create your own 2D and 3D interlocking mechanisms, an opportunity to recreate Leonardo’s amazing tool-and-hardware-free interlocking bridge, cut out and fold your own air-powered flying ‘copter, learn Leonardo’s special mirror writing and so much more.

Leonardo’s Lab was organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh) and presented by Sciencenter (Ithaca).

The Youth Museum complex is located in New River Park adjacent to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Museum hours are Tues. – Sat. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Many of the exhibits and classes are funded in part by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. For more information, call (304) 252-3730.