27.01.2017 – 20.06.2017

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The genius

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered to be the most imaginative, brilliant scientist, artist and inventor who ever lived. Born in Anchiano Italy, near Da Vinci, he studied under Verrocchio, and then moved on to Milan, where he painted “The Last Supper.” He would eventually create the world’s most famous portrait, “Mona Lisa” (“La Giaconda”), which demonstrates his psychological approach to the figure and many of his innovative painting techniques.



Long associated with paintings such as the Mona Lisa, Leonardo’s talents extended far beyond his paintbrush into the fields of science and engineering, he was a prolific inventor. The exhibition Leonardo da Vinci reveals the ingenuity and brilliance of a man before his time, explores the myths and legends surrounding his life and considers how his legacy inspires and challenges us today.

More than 60 custom-built wooden models of Leonardo’s most innovative designs and inventions, many of which can be seen realized in today’s technology, will be on display. These models have been produced in vivid detail from his original drawings by skilled Italian craftsmen in Florence, Italy. Numerous models will be interactive and hands-on, and guests are encouraged to push, pull and crank for a greater understanding of their purpose and operation.
“Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci


Without having to travel around the world to visit the museums that hold the artworks you have the possibility to see most of them at one location. Every painting tells it’s own story on the way it was made, the probability of its provenience and its world tour in the last 550 years. Even more interesting and curious is the originality of the different paintings.

Most paintings have been replicated in their original sizes. With the help of a complex digital process they are of astonishing quality. The artwork is presented in chronological order enabling to understand developments in Da Vinci’s work style throughout the years. The visitors also get to learn about the mostly adventurous background stories of every single painting including the way it was made, the probability of its origins and the identified stops along its world tour over the past 550 years.
“Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”
Leonardo da Vinci

Visitors information

Opening Hours

OPEN daily from 11.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. Closed on 27 April: Kingsday.
Box office CLOSES at 05.15 p.m.

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There is a special rate of € 7,50 available for children of 16 years and older. Schools and classes will preferably be received in the morning at 9.45 a.m. for a start at 10.00 a.m. This special early opening is possible for groups of 50-150 people. After the tickets are booked you can make a request for a guided tour via info@brandnewexpo.com.


Schools that want to pay the total sum of tickets + guides with Cultuurkaart can contact  Brand New Expo via info@brandnewexpo.com.


Younger than 6 years old are welcome. They don’t need to buy a ticket. The adult rate starts at 16 years.


For a small additional charge a video-tour is being offered in Beurs van Berlage. Available languages are English, German and Dutch. The tour can be used with free WI-FI on a smartphone. It’s recommended to bring a headphone or earplugs but are also available at the giftshop for just € 1.

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60 cent per minute



Leonardo da Vinci is on display  in
Beurs van Berlage
Damrak 243,
1012 ZJ Amsterdam

Openings hours call center

Monday – Friday
from 09.00 a.m. till 07.00 p.m.
from 09.30 a.m. till 06.00 p.m.

Lockers are available at a € 1 rate.


Leonardo Da Vinci

Beurs van Berlage


Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam


0031 20 530 4113





In the press

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The genius of Leonardo da Vinci highlighted in Beurs van Berlage

From 27 January to 20 June 2017, the travelling exhibition Leonardo da Vinci – Artist – Inventor – Genius arrives at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. This major retrospective shows that Leonardo da Vinci was much more than simply the painter of the Mona Lisa. He opened his mind in the 15th century and was ahead of his time by several hundred years in both his thoughts and actions.

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is widely acclaimed as the most broad-minded and brilliant scientist, artist and inventor ever to live. Almost five centuries after his death, interest in his work remains unabated. The recent discovery in Paris of an original pen and ink drawing by him (estimated value € 15 million) and the acquisition of a private collection by the Polish authorities, including Da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine (1490) both made front-page news worldwide.

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“A wise student increases the skill of his teacher,” Da Vinci stated and, from Milan, he continued to follow his own path with renowned masterpieces, such as The Last Supper and the world’s most famous portrait, La Giaconda, better known as the Mona Lisa. It is in these works that Da Vinci’s masterful technique and progressiveness are best represented. Not only Da Vinci’s artworks but also his inventions still capture the imagination. 

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The exhibition Leonardo da Vinci – Artist – Inventor – Genius makes all of his work tangible to a wide audience. Alongside reproductions of Da Vinci’s most famous artworks, the exhibition also includes over 60 of his inventions, reconstructed in wood. These have been assembled meticulously by Italian craftsmen, based on Da Vinci’s original drawings, and a large portion of them can be touched and operated by visitors.

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