The Events

« Two days ago, on Sunday, the Christian king gave a feast, a most admirable celebration, which I describe to you as follows. The place was named Le Cloux, big and beautiful palace. […] There must have been four hundred chandeliers so bright you’d think night was chased away »
Letter by Galeazzo Visconti, Ambassador of Mantoue at the court of France, describing the Festa del paradise organised by Leonardo da Vinci in the gardens of the Clos Lucé on Juni 1518 to thank the king of his good deeds. »

2018 Cultural Season

Leonardo da Vinci, the dream of flight


Ever since he was a child in Tuscany, Leonardo da Vinci watched birds with fascination and curiosity. Later, as an engineer in Florence, Milan, Rome and Amboise, he scrutinised, drew and studied the flying techniques of small and large birds. In his codices, the dream found concrete expression through a whole host of drawings, sketches and studies of diverse flying machines including an aerial screw, ornithopter, mechanical wing, parachute and glider.

In 2018, the Château du Clos Lucé is offering a cultural season on the theme of human flight which has remained a subject of fascination, discovery and innovation throughout the centuries.
2018 Cultural Season


April - december

➤ “Leonardo da Vinci and biomimicry” April 20th – December 31st
Outdoor exhibition trails to discover Leonardo da Vinci’s observations and studies on the flight of birds.

➤ From pioneers space flight to modern aeronautics: July, 13rd – September, 2nd
The evolution of inventions linked to human flight and shows the influence of Leonardo da Vinci on modern aeronautics, through his observations and hunches. The da Vinci’s flying wing is associated with exceptional models lent by the Museum of Air and Space, le Bourget and the Air Passion museum, Angers.

2018 Cultural Season


May and July

Educational events and creative workshops on the theme of flight will be set up in the park, inviting young and old alike to make their own flying machine and discover the mysteries of air and space.

Fabrication of flying machines : May, 11th, 12th and 13th - July, 21st and 22nd juillet

Discovery of the secret of space with the Spatiobus from the National Centre for Space Studies : May, 10th, 11th, 12th et 13th

Discovery of Aerodynamic : May, 20th and 21st (only p.m)

Free access, included in your ticket.

2018 Cultural Season


New !

From dream to conception and from technical development to virtual experience, the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab of Dassault Systèmes team of passionate designers together with the experts at the Chateau du Clos Lucé bring to life the visionary ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Presented on digital tactile screen, around ten inventions by the artist-scientist have been created from his drawings and codices. The virtual creations invite the viewers to share a 360° 3D experience and to enter Leonardo Da Vinci’s genius mind.

worshops leonardo da vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's living workshops

500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s years at the Château du Clos Lucé.

First time : Leonardo da Vinci's living Workshops

At the Clos Lucé, starts the french history of Leonardo da Vinci and his three Masterpieces: Mona Lisa, St John the Baptist and The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. Invited by the King of France, he never stops to work in his workshops and died in his bedroom on 2 May 1519.

To celebrate this anniversary, the saint Bris family, after more than 60 years of restoration projects have opened to the public the Leonardo da Vinci’s workshops. Two years of research and renovation, 30 people and 15 trades were required to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s workshops, library and study at Le Clos Lucé.

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Permanent exhibitions

« The desire to know is natural to good men. »
Leonardo da Vinci

Clos Lucé - Exhibit Leonardo Da Vinci and France
Permanent exhibits

Leonardo da Vinci and France

Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance

Inside the museum hall, the exhibition features the result of a study and work on the Milanese period (1507-1513) and the French one (1516-1519). It tells us the exceptional bond that existed between Leonardo and France over ten years and under three different kings: Charles III, Louis XII and Francis I. This bond is the founding element of the Renaissance in the Val de Loire. The exhibition highlights the many works realised by Leonardo da Vinci for the kings of France.

Some unique pieces recently came to enrich the collections:

  • A remarkable copy of Mona Lisa (1654) by Ambroise Dubois, painter of king Henry IV.
  • A replica of David (1430 – 1432) by Donatello and considered as the first great bronze statue since antiquity.
  • A unique mechanical Lion made according to the manuscripts of Leonardo da Vinci, by a Venetian Master, that needed over 3 000 hours of work. It was entirely built with forged, sawed and filed iron mechanical elements.

The exhibition will be closed :

> 25th may

> 6, 7, 9, 14 18, 19 et 20 june