« 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. »
Christmas at Leonardo da Vinci's residence
The Château du Clos Lucé invites children to make their own Christmas ornaments
New! Christmas workshops
The Clos Lucé offers a special workshop where children can make their own Christmas ornaments every day during the holiday season.
Your child’s unique creation will be put into transparent sphere. Everyone is invited to slip their own special message or work into a sphere to take home with them and hang on their family tree.
An original way to express your feelings towards those you love.
➤ From Tuesday 26 December to Saturday 6 January 2018
(except 31 December 2017 and 1st January 2018)
➤ From 2pm to 5 pm
➤ Included in your ticket
Christmas marks the end of the winter
solstice, the beginning of the New Year, the rebirth of light and the world.
To celebrate the year's end, the Château du Clos Lucé is offering an exciting tour of Leonardo da Vinci's home adorned with its finest festive attire created by floral decorator Marjolaine Dougrier Vaucelles.
From the chapel where you will find the nativity scene, to the Salle du Conseil decorated with a large pine tree and traditional festive tables, the spirit of Christmas is in the air. In the kitchen, the chimney fire crackles and reminds us the winter evenings during the time of Leonardo da Vinci.
➤ 1st week of December 2017 - January 2018.
Experiment as a family !
The Château du Clos Lucé offers a journey into the exciting world of this genius with an inquiring mind.
➤ In Leonardo da Vinci's residence : young visitors can follow Leonardo da Vinci throughout their exploration of the Clos Lucé, using the inventor's notebook (ages 7-12) (available free at the entrance to the site).
➤ Watch the virtual meeting between
Leonardo da Vinci and the Cardinal of Aragon, thanks to “ghost technology”,
also known as “optical theatre”.
➤ In Leonardo da Vinci Park : life-size machines to play with , for the delight of young and old alike!
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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.
➤ For more informations : download press release on "Press" page.
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Leonardo da Vinci's gardens
Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017
For the cultural season, Gardens in the Loire Valley 2017, organized by the Loire Valley Mission, the Château du Clos Lucé invites you to follow Leonardo da Vinci’s thoughts and work on nature through an exhibition and an introductory tour route for children (in english).
> Gardens and cultural park
« The desire to know is natural to good men. »
Leonardo da Vinci
Watch, Leonardo’s inventions animate and come to life
Understand how the inventions of the genius worked, in 3D
Fifty models, made from Leonardo’s designs, demonstrate Leonardo da Vinci’s different engineering talents: civil genius, military genius, naval genius, aviation, industrial machines, measuring tools, mechanisms, architecture. The whole collection is made from beech wood and hornbeam wood for some pieces.
Archimedes’ screw, the assault chariot, the revolving bridge, the paddleboat, the mechanics principles and the lock chambers, visualize Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions through unique 3D illustrations.
Dassault System pushes the 3D experience further with two machines designed by Brian Law, a mechanics engineer who wishes to share his passion with Le Clos Lucé’s visitors through an animated video filled with details and movement.
Leonardo da Vinci and France - Closed on 23/11/2017
Le Château du Clos Lucé, the link between Italian and French Renaissance
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).
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 :
> September : 13, 14 et 15, from 20 to 24 (included), from 25 to 27 (included), 30
> October : 3, 11, 14, 15