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Château du Clos Lucé - Parc Leonardo da Vinci


The last residence of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci’s last residence, the Château du Clos Lucé, is dedicated to conveying an overall picture of the art and the boundless vision of the Tuscan artist. From civil and military engineer to botanist, in his work as an architect and as a musician, the all-encompassing nature of Leonardo da Vinci’s intuition is brought to life before your eyes.

Château du Clos Lucé: the daily life of Leonardo da Vinci 40 of his fabulous inventions

Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life at  Clos Lucé, at the invitation of the King of France, Francis I, and here he devoted himself to perfecting his inventions, before he died on 2 May 1519.
You can visit his bedroom, his kitchen, his study, the Renaissance halls, the chapel with its frescoes painted by his pupils as well as 40 of his inventions on the themes of military engineering, town planning, mechanics, flying machines and hydraulics.

Parc Leonardo da Vinci: a landscaped walk dedicated to revealing the intellectual scope of the Tuscan Master

A learning experience, along this walk visitors can see the sources of his inspiration, with the help of 16 giant working machines and 32 translucent panels 3 to 4 metres high which depict sketches and details from Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings.
8 audio stops allow you to listen to the thoughts of this Renaissance genius in the voice of Jean Piat.

Must see : “Leonardo’s Garden – Leonardo and Nature”, created with the assistance of top researchers and scientists.  For the first time, in a landscaped natural site, the Château du Clos Lucé brings to life Leonardo da Vinci’s botanical drawings, geological and hydrodynamic studies and landscapes.
The double-deck bridge, invented by Leonardo and built by the Compagnons du Devoir, is an invitation to take a stroll among the landscapes, plants and waterfalls that the Master admired in this very place.

The Hall: 10 years of a fascinating relation between three kings of France

Following the 2006, Château du Clos Lucé purpose exhibitions about Leonardo da Vinci: “Leonardo’s Last Supper”, the “Unexpected Mona Lisa”, “Nature in the painted works of Leonardo da Vinci”. In 2009-2010, Château du Clos Lucé welcome an original exhibition under the patronage of Carlo Pedretti :  “Leonardo da Vinci and France”. For the first time, an exhibition explains the relations between Leonardo da Vinci and the kings of France.


EUROPEAN FESTIVAL OF RENAISSANCE MUSIC - 5th year 24, 25 and 26 September 2010

What music did Francis I listen to?
Humanist, culturally diverse, courtly, the music of the Renaissance took on the characteristics of the era in which it appeared and developed.
The aim of the European Festival of Renaissance Music, taking place in Amboise on the last weekend in September, is to bring out this forgotten side of our heritage. The big names of Renaissance music such as Jordi Savall, the William Byrd ensemble and Doulce Mémoire appear every year on the stage at Le Clos Lucé in three days of superb continuous musical performances. An opportunity to listen to the sound of some unusual instruments: the lyre, harp, sackbut and voila de gamba transport us irresistibly to the heart of a repertoire every bit as worthy as medieval music or baroque music, especially since Leonardo da Vinci was himself a musician…

In September 24th : Entheos, « cabaret Renaissance »
Imagine yourselves around a table, in an inn, a man tells you his love for a woman who has just left him and the sorrow which embrace him. There’s no other solution except to feast to console the man. It is in a real cabaret Renaissance which we invite you. You will taste with us these musics, texts and surprises.
Artistic direction : Benoît Damant

In September 25th : Christophe Desjardins, Cécile Grenier, Catherine Demonchy, altos
Polyphonies of the Renaissance and current : a fancy of violist
Artistic direction : Christophe Desjardins

In September 26th : Il Ballo, « La grâce selon Mantoue »
Played plays the court of Mantoue frequented by Léonard de Vinci
Artistic direction : Leonardo Loredo de Sà

Practical Information

Château du Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci
37400 Amboise - France
Tel.: 33 (0) 2 47 57 00 73  -  Fax: 33 (0) 2 47 30 62 88

2 hours from Paris, in the heart of the town of Amboise, 500 metres from the Château royal
-30 km from Blois
-25 km from Tours and 20 km from Saint Pierre des Corps TGV station (20 minutes by car)
-10 km from the château de Chenonceau

Access by car/coach
From Paris: A10 “Aquitaine” motorway
(Exit Château-Renault-Amboise) 210 km
From Tours or St Pierre des Corps, Orléans or Blois: N152 or D751

Free private coach park situated in Rue du Clos Lucé, 200 metres from the visitor’s entrance.

Paris-St Pierre des Corps in 1 hour by TGV (the station is 20 km from Clos Lucé, accessible by rail and road); or Paris-Amboise direct in 2 hours (Amboise railway station is 2 km from Clos Lucé)

Opening dates and times
The Château and the Hall are open daily all year round (except 25 December and 1 January).
The landscaped itinerary is open daily from 1st April to 15 November inclusive.

January: 10am-6pm     
February-June: 9 am-7pm     September-October: 9 am-7 pm
July-August: 9 am-8 pm     November-December: 9 am-6 pm

The till closes one hour before the closing time

Duration of visit: one half-day to one day.
Languages spoken: French and English

Free entrance: children under 6 years, disabled persons
Reduced rates: students, job seekers, large families
Children rate: from 6 to 15 years
Group: from 20 paying persons

Points of sale: Sales network Ticketnet: Auchan, BHV, Galeries Lafayette, Virgin Megastore, la Samaritaine, E. Leclerc, Cora, le Progrès de Lyon
France Billet: Fnac, Carrefour, Géant, Casino, Office de Tourisme de Paris, Printemps, le Bon Marché

Documents available
Tour leaflets in 11 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese and Polish.

Dogs are permitted on site. They must be carried inside the house and kept on a lead in the Parc.