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Sheer genius

Discover the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance engineers, in San Jose, during a special excursion presented by the SLO Art Center taking place on Oct. 27.

The Art Center will host a bus trip to the Tech Museum of Innovation during a one-day adventure to the world premier of Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future, a comprehensive exhibition of the art, science, and engineering works of Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries. See how this genius of the Renaissance influenced and inspired much of the technology we use today. The exhibition showcases more than 200 artifacts, including life-size working models, hands-on interactive machines and displays, multi-media presentations, and priceless works of art.

The cost of the trip is $100 for Art Center members and $120 for nonmembers. This includes a round trip ride in a luxury coach and the museum ticket.

Located at 1010 Broad Street on the west end of Mission Plaza, the Art Center is open from 11 am to 5 pm every day through Labor Day, then closed Tuesdays. Admission is always free.

For additional information call 543-8562 or visit


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