Science Museum to celebrate da Vinci's genius, 101 of the greatest inventions of all time, and Minnesota-born innovation this summer

Inventing Genius exhibition and Minnovation Showcase open on June 8
June 3, 2019
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Saint Paul, Minn. – The Science Museum of Minnesota is preparing for a summer that celebrates creativity, invention, and the most impactful inventions in human history. On Saturday, June 8, Inventing Genius, an exhibition that brings together the world of Leonardo da Vinci and 101 of the greatest inventions of all time, will open its doors. Inventing Genius is presented locally by U.S. Bank.

In addition, the Science Museum will unveil the Minnovation Showcase, a display of inventions that were born in Minnesota and have gone on to be influential around the world. The Minnovation Showcase is part of the Science Museum’s Minnovation initiative. Presented by Mayo Clinic, Minnovation is designed to celebrate and build awareness about the Minnesota innovators who have been pushing the limits of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for decades.

Members of the media are invited to preview Inventing Genius and the Minnovation Showcase on Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“At the Science Museum, we want to show our visitors that we all have the power to use science to make lives better,” says Alison Rempel Brown, president and CEO of the Science Museum of Minnesota. “This summer’s Inventing Genius exhibition, paired with the Minnovation Showcase, will do just that. Visitors of all ages will marvel at the creativity of great thinkers from around the world and throughout time, and they’ll see at the impact that their creations have made on us as a society. Then, they’ll take a look at the inventions and creations that began in our own backyard and made lives better for people around the world. They’ll be inspired by what they see.”

Famous inventor and famous inventions combine in Inventing Genius
In Inventing Genius, which is located in the U.S. Bank Great Hall on level 4, visitors will get a glimpse of the fascinating world of Leonardo da Vinci as a Renaissance inventor, scientist, artist, and engineer whose designs have captured the imaginations of generations of thinkers. They’ll explore his most famous machine inventions, codices, and drawings.

From the world of da Vinci, they’ll transition to more modern times to discover humankind’s most significant creations through an immersive multimedia gallery experience that uses SENSORY4™ technology to display life-changing inventions as ancient as the abacus and cuneiform writing and as modern as the jet engine. Using a combination of multi-channel motion graphics, cinema-quality surround sound, and up to forty high-definition projectors, incredibly detailed images merge with digital surround sound to saturate the space in an immersive display of creativity and innovation.

Inventing Genius ends with an interactive area that gives visitors of all ages a chance to imagine, design, and build their own great inventions. This area features an Imagination Play Zone that encourages movement, creativity, and teamwork. Visitors will also design and build with LEGO® Bricks and explore the Inventors’ Den, presented by H.B. Fuller, where Science Museum volunteers will engage visitors in activities that will sharpen their creativity and experimenting skills – the skills at the heart of inventing.

“Invention is an amazing common trait shared by people from different backgrounds,” said Chady AlAhmar, head of strategy and business development for U.S. Bank Wealth Management. “At U.S. Bank, we believe communities are more connected when they have established programs for the arts, cultural opportunities and safe and accessible play spaces. We are supporting the Inventing Genius exhibit to enable individuals and families to visit the Science Museum of Minnesota and experience a wonderland of exploration and human innovation.”

Local innovations take center stage in the Minnovation Showcase
To celebrate Inventing Genius and the ingenuity and boundary-pushing of generations of Minnesota innovators, the Minnovation Showcase will be located on level 4, just outside the Inventing Genius exhibition. Visitors who have explored the groundbreaking, forward-thinking work of the inventors and designers highlighted in Inventing Genius will have the chance to take a closer look at the innovations that have developed and launched right here in our own backyard.

"We are delighted to sponsor and participate in Minnovation as part of the Inventing Genius exhibit," says Mayo Clinic president and CEO Gianrico Farrugia, M.D. "Minnesota and Mayo Clinic have long been on the leading edge of invention and innovation in medicine and many other fields that benefit humanity."

The Minnovation Showcase will feature innovations from Minnesota companies and organizations like Mayo Clinic, 3M, Bio-Techne, H.B. Fuller, NERF, and more. It will also feature select items from the Science Museum’s own collection of nearly two million objects, artifacts, and specimens.

Visitor Information
Inventing Genius and the Minnovation Showcase open to the public on Saturday, June 8. They will run through Monday, September 2. Admission is included in exhibit gallery admission ($19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 4-12 and seniors). Combination Omnitheater and exhibit gallery admission is also available.

About Grande Exhibitions
Grande Exhibitions, creator of Inventing Genius, specializes in the conceptualization, design, creation, production, and touring of large scale international traveling exhibition experiences, together with permanent exhibition projects. Grande Exhibitions’ traveling exhibitions are high-end museum quality, entertaining, family-orientated experiences that are licensed into museums, science centers, galleries, venues and entertainment promoters in major cities around the world. We take concepts or raw exhibits of timeless brand appeal, transforming them into visually and technically dynamic exhibition experiences, ready to tour across the globe. The range of exhibitions within our portfolio always carry with them the emphasis of engaging and interactive learning experiences, combined with educator-led STEAM activities and delivered in an entertaining way. Our collection of exhibitions has been hosted in over 130 cities across six continents, to audiences in excess of 8.5 million people. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with satellite offices in Europe and the United States, Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates Museo Leonardo da Vinci, a historical cultural attraction in the heart of Rome.

About the Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the state’s most popular museums, with a reach that extends well beyond its riverfront location in downtown Saint Paul. It serves hundreds of thousands of people each year with its engaging exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, and unique special events. Science Museum education programs touch students in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties each year, and its research programs span the globe. For more information, visit

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