The Leonardo

The Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation! www.theleonardo.org Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, The Leonardo is a first-of-a-kind museum where you can explore the unexpected places and ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect.
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Every Saturday morning a group of artists joins together to draw at our Live Model Drawing Session and we love seeing th...
11/03/2020

Every Saturday morning a group of artists joins together to draw at our Live Model Drawing Session and we love seeing their creativity week after week! Check out this incredible sketch from artists Dan Harker and read what he has to say about this program:

"I'm so happy to have the drawing session back again. It was very hard to lose the chance to draw every week but also to miss the camaraderie of my fellow artists. Thank you for giving the art a home."

If you're interested in joining our classes, the registration links are in the comments section. Classes are $10 or free for members (which are currently only $22.50 thanks to a grant from #shopinutah!)

Are you looking for an extra special way to celebrate a birthday this year? Our 10,000 square foot exhibit FLIGHT is ava...
11/02/2020

Are you looking for an extra special way to celebrate a birthday this year?

Our 10,000 square foot exhibit FLIGHT is available for your group's exclusive use for a three hour party full of exploration and fun - with plenty of room to space out!

Thanks to a grant from Shop in Utah, our Flight packages start at $125 for a weekend party! The discount can be applied for parties from now until June 2021. #shopinutah

We hope everyone is planning to check out Mural Fest 2020, organized by the South Salt Lake Arts Council! This annual ha...
11/02/2020

We hope everyone is planning to check out Mural Fest 2020, organized by the South Salt Lake Arts Council!

This annual happening is an amazing mashup of community and creativity, with installations of public art all across the city. Since so many opportunities to experience art have been limited this year, this a great chance to see the creativity of local artists safely, outdoors!

To tie together and highlight the newest 6 murals around South Salt Lake, we've created an updated 2020 mural map (below) as well as 6 new videos that interview the artists who share the unique stories behind each of them!

With now 25 murals in the South Salt Lake Creative Industries Zone, let's call out the support of our sponsors, who understand the value, beauty, and sustainability that is gained by incorporating the ARTS with its development. Our thanks to:

Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
Rocky Mountain Power
City of South Salt Lake
Utah Arts Alliance

To learn more about the Mural Fest, visit themuralfest.com

Props to Stan Clawson for Videos/Photos.

Happy Halloween everyone!! It was amazing to see a small group of our members today after so long!
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween everyone!! It was amazing to see a small group of our members today after so long!

Time for some more spooky science with our Leo@Home team! If you're looking for some last minute awesome activities for ...
10/30/2020
Franken-Worms! Exploring Chemical Reactions with Gummy Worms

Time for some more spooky science with our [email protected] team! If you're looking for some last minute awesome activities for Halloween fun, check out these ooey gooey franken-worms!

https://theleonardo.org/franken-worms-exploring-chemical-reactions-with-gummy-worms/

Franken-Worms! Exploring Chemical Reactions with Gummy Worms Unlock your inner mad scientist and use a chemical reaction to bring gummy worms to life! For October, Leo at Home will be releasing special Halloween themed crafts and activities to celebrate the spooky season! Leo at Home is an onli

Calling all Little Leos! PBS KIDS Utah is one of our favorite resources for encouraging learning through play - check ou...
10/29/2020
Let's Build! Help Your Child Develop STEM Skills at Home | PBS KIDS for Parents

Calling all Little Leos! PBS KIDS Utah is one of our favorite resources for encouraging learning through play - check out some of their articles for fun ways to inspire learning at home!

There’s more to creating block towers than it may seem. Engineering is a process for solving problems. Here are activities and tips for learning to build and…

Leo@Home is back with some spooky science just in time for Halloween! 👻  🎃 https://theleonardo.org/ghost-eggs-exploring-...
10/28/2020
Ghost Eggs! Exploring Chemical Reactions and Fluorescence

[email protected] is back with some spooky science just in time for Halloween! 👻 🎃

https://theleonardo.org/ghost-eggs-exploring-chemical-reactions-and-fluorescence/

Ghost Eggs! Exploring Chemical Reactions and Fluorescence Are you ready for some spooky science? We’re using a simple chemical reaction to turn a regular egg into a ghostly glowing egg. For October, Leo at Home will be releasing special Halloween themed crafts and activities to celebrate the s

Our Members Halloween Party in Flight just sold out and we are so excited to open the exhibit this weekend! If you don't...
10/27/2020

Our Members Halloween Party in Flight just sold out and we are so excited to open the exhibit this weekend!

If you don't want to miss out on one-of-a-kind members events, exclusive prices on learning programs and summer camps, discounts on STEM kits and LEGO toys, and much more, now is a great time to become a member! Thanks to #shopinutah all memberships are 50% off!

Use the code shopinutmember20 at check out!

https://theleonardo.org/memberships

This year's Mind Riot was all about rapid response innovation, and the winner of the Innovation prize was a business ide...
10/27/2020

This year's Mind Riot was all about rapid response innovation, and the winner of the Innovation prize was a business idea that thought outside of the box and creatively repurposed resources to meet a critical demand in our community. Congrats to the COVID Care team! #leomindriot

We love being a home for local #creativity! It was an honor to host artist Matthew Sketch last week at The Leo!
10/27/2020

We love being a home for local #creativity! It was an honor to host artist Matthew Sketch last week at The Leo!

Creativity is alive and thriving @theleonardoslc ‼️
Another collab with my gang @theyoungogperspective and @chiefxteeth

Huge thanks to @theleonardoslc for hosting us and helping keep creativity alive in 2020 @ The Leonardo

A big thank you to Trekaroo for including us in their list of 10 Best Things to Do in Salt Lake City with Kids! Right no...
10/25/2020
The 10 BEST Things to do in Salt Lake City with Kids

A big thank you to Trekaroo for including us in their list of 10 Best Things to Do in Salt Lake City with Kids!

Right now, our hands-on, interactive Flight exhibit is open for small groups ($125 for 3 hours for a group of 10, thanks to a grant from #shopinutah!) Join a Leo educator for a fun learning experience perfect for homeschool groups, families, or celebration of a special occasion like a birthday!

Email [email protected] to book this extra special and safe way to see the Leo!

https://blog.trekaroo.com/10-best-things-to-do-in-salt-lake-city-with-kids/?fbclid=IwAR2K7TKvw5SoHU50jw7spKLoMMT9f7UTQqCu8MmsXs_7BwBrhepCUI-8Tw4

There are so many fun things to do in Salt Lake City with kids. From museums to outdoor fun to animal encounters, here are our favorite SLC activities for kids.

Tonight we announced the winners of our Mind Riot competition! The social impact ideas ranged from tech solutions for me...
10/25/2020

Tonight we announced the winners of our Mind Riot competition! The social impact ideas ranged from tech solutions for mental health check ins to businesses that utilize bus services to make sure meals can be delivered to those who need them. We are so proud of all of our competitors and will be spotlighting projects all of this week here and in a display outside the Leo!

Congratulations to the winning teams:

SafeSquad
Better Together
Feed US
MentalSpace
Covid Care

Thank you to our innovation sponsors Dominion Energy Adobe and Rocky Mountain Power!

#leomindriot #innovation #socialimpact

Mind Riot moved online this year and we still wanted to give our teens a big showcase for their ideas - so we decided to...
10/23/2020

Mind Riot moved online this year and we still wanted to give our teens a big showcase for their ideas - so we decided to make an outdoor exhibit on the south side of the Leo! Teens are working with our team right now to install their own visions for social impact businesses and ways to change the world. Stay tuned for the grand reveal and prize announcements tomorrow! #attheleo #leomindriot

2020 Mind Riot projects are well underway after our virtual kickoff this weekend. Check out one more workshop our teens ...
10/21/2020

2020 Mind Riot projects are well underway after our virtual kickoff this weekend. Check out one more workshop our teens participated in with Sarah Baytop Scott. Projects are due midnight on Thursday and we can't wait to see what our cohort comes up with! #leomindriot

Utah educators! Did you know we are offering virtual field trips of our museum this year? Join us for science and engine...
10/20/2020

Utah educators! Did you know we are offering virtual field trips of our museum this year? Join us for science and engineering demos over zoom, a virtual scavenger hunt of our exhibits, and in-depth workshops - all available to your students for free.
https://theleonardo.org/educators/field-trips/

What kind of leader are you? That's one of the questions community innovator Sarah Baytop Scott posed to our Mind Riot p...
10/19/2020

What kind of leader are you? That's one of the questions community innovator Sarah Baytop Scott posed to our Mind Riot participants this weekend in our virtual kick off. Everyone is working hard on their business ideas from home this whole week and we can't wait to see what they come up with! #leomindriot #leadership

Yesterday at virtual Mind Riot, we heard from Kimmy Paluch of Beta Boom on how social impact business are making differe...
10/18/2020

Yesterday at virtual Mind Riot, we heard from Kimmy Paluch of Beta Boom on how social impact business are making difference in our communities and world. Thanks for joining us Kimmy! #leomindriot #teeninnovation

What a cool opportunity for Salt Lake teens over at the City Library!
10/18/2020

What a cool opportunity for Salt Lake teens over at the City Library!

Teen Squad is The City Library's volunteer opportunity for teens, and for the first time ever, we're taking it year-round! If you're in grades 7–12, you can experience behind-the-scenes library work while pursuing a library-related project of your own choosing. You'll be matched with one of our Librarians, who will guide you in regular online meetings. Apply any time before March 31, 2021. Learn more, and complete your application at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiQDt6i70f2kWg4IPqRZ9D7Z8p9fPvqLrMFEq1gve97W7qXg/viewform

Virtual Mind Riot has begun! Different format, same inspiring teen innovators! #leomindriot #teenschangingtheworld
10/17/2020

Virtual Mind Riot has begun! Different format, same inspiring teen innovators! #leomindriot #teenschangingtheworld

Every Saturday morning, local artists and art students join us at the Leonardo for our Live Model Drawing class and it's...
10/16/2020

Every Saturday morning, local artists and art students join us at the Leonardo for our Live Model Drawing class and it's an honor to host such a talented group. A big thank you to artist Jeff Bailey for sharing sketches from past classes!

As we get ready for Mind Riot 2020, we're remembering all the innovation that came out of last year's cohort and getting...
10/16/2020

As we get ready for Mind Riot 2020, we're remembering all the innovation that came out of last year's cohort and getting excited for what inspiring ideas our cohort brings to the table this year! We've read all the applications and can't wait to meet virtually this Saturday!

We couldn't be more excited for the incredible lineup we have in store for Mind Riot this Saturday - and the really grea...
10/15/2020

We couldn't be more excited for the incredible lineup we have in store for Mind Riot this Saturday - and the really great news is that it's not too late to join! Teens with an interest in entrepreneurship, improving our community, and winning cash prizes - head over to theleonardo.org/mind-riot to apply!

We have a special member event coming up for Halloween - email memberships@theleonardo.org to reserve your spot! Now is ...
10/14/2020

We have a special member event coming up for Halloween - email [email protected] to reserve your spot!

Now is a great time to become a member - for a limited time, memberships are 50% off thanks to Shop in Utah - use code shopinutmember20 to join!
https://theleonardo.org/memberships/

Mind Riot is just a few days away and we wanted to give a shout out to our sponsors Dominion Energy and Adobe. Thank you...
10/13/2020

Mind Riot is just a few days away and we wanted to give a shout out to our sponsors Dominion Energy and Adobe. Thank you for supporting teen innovation! Students interested in joining us for this year's virtual Mind Riot can still apply! https://theleonardo.org/mind-riot

The Leonardo is looking for an intern to help with our middle and high school coding programs! If you are currently a co...
10/12/2020

The Leonardo is looking for an intern to help with our middle and high school coding programs! If you are currently a college student enrolled in computer science or related major, enthusiastic about sharing your knowledge, and looking for a paid internship, we invite you to apply!

https://theleonardo.org/careers

Happy Monday! For students doing distance learning, we still have a few spots available in Study Hall this week - we wou...
10/12/2020

Happy Monday! For students doing distance learning, we still have a few spots available in Study Hall this week - we would have to have you join us! Use code shopinut20 to apply a limited time 50% off discount!
https://theleonardo.org/study-hall-the-leonardo/

Thank you to the The University of Utah College of Engineering for sharing the news about this year's recipient of the L...
10/12/2020
Chris Johnson Honored by Leonardo Museum - The College of Engineering at the University of Utah

Thank you to the The University of Utah College of Engineering for sharing the news about this year's recipient of the Leonardo award - Dr. Chris Johnson, the visionary founding director of the SCI Institute. It was an honor to hear from Dr Johnson at our gala this year!

https://www.coe.utah.edu/2020/10/07/chris-john-honored-by-leonardo-museum/

Christopher R. Johnson was named this year’s recipient of the Leonardo Award from The Leonardo museum.

10/08/2020
The Leonardo

Throwing back to our Mind Riot winners from 2017! We can't wait to see what inspiring ideas come out of Mind Riot this year. If you know a high school student interested in social impact entrepreneurship, please share the word that applications are open now at theleonardo.org/mind-riot This is a great opportunity for teens to develop real world skills and win cash prizes!

We are live with Mind Riot group #16! #LeoMindRiot #MindRiot17 #MindRiotEnergy
UPDATE: This group went on to win first place! Congratulations Jackson, Sahar and Arnold!

Who is the most inspiring teen you know? We are looking for teens with BIG ideas to change the world - applications clos...
10/07/2020
Mind Riot - The Leonardo

Who is the most inspiring teen you know? We are looking for teens with BIG ideas to change the world - applications closing soon!

Mind Riot is an entrepreneurship competition designed for high schoolers that want to change the world. Student teams design a solution to a social issue.

10/06/2020
Tree Facts! Quaking Aspen

The leaves all around us are turning beautiful fall colors, so it's a perfect time to learn all about the science behind Utah's official state tree - the quaking aspen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elJxkO66KK4

Did you know that the quaking aspen is our state tree? Check out these facts from arborist Travis Jones as we celebrate #EarthDay! #LeoatHome

Address

209 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT
84111

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(801) 531-9800

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I wish The Leo would bring back after hours - they were SO fun and worth every penny of my membership. I have since let my membership cancelled because as a single adult, there isn't much to do there. I did love Pompeii though, especially the dramatic ending! I can never attend the dinners because I'm vegetarian. Would love to see something on your calendar for adults that doesn't require eating meat soon! :) Thanks...thanks...thanks! Love you guys!
Have been trying to call the Leonardo for over 2 hours for questions I cannot find on the website. No answer. I can only assume that they don't care about customer service by phone. Fix this. Update: finally got ahold of someone. They were nice and answered my question. But if you are going to operate on Saturday and use your phone person to sell tickets, per the person I talked to, it is not helpful to people trying to plan their day to come to your place of operation.
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We had a great visit today at The Leonardo! Very inspiring.
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Our visit to The Leonardo!
This review is for an event at the Leonardo not the museum itself. We chose the Leonardo for my parents' 50th Anniversary party because of the spectacular location and museum itself which provides entertainment for kids and other guests. Despite our event being during the SLC Arts Festival which caused a few minor inconveniences, it did not disappoint in that regard. However i would HIGHLY discourage anyone from holding an event there because the museum's ability to actually host an event is way below mediocre. You are required to use the museum's in-house catering service and it is as if they have no experience in the catering business. The biggest disappointment was very, very, very poor food quality. Not only was the quality itself below mediocre it was also not as described in the material given by the museum. For example, we paid $6/person for a bruschetta bar for the guests as we waited for the couple to arrive. It is described as a "Antipasti Bruschea Bar Assorted sliced breads topped withtomato Bruschea and local cured meats." That is a direct quote from their material. It was literally a dry wheat roll (not sliced bread), diced tomatoes (no balsamic vinegar or anything), and a small plate of ONE kind of salami. The food was put out in small quantities so people felt they could not eat it for fear there wouldn't be enough. Once the food was a few pieces i had to keep asking for more to be put out. This is just one small example of a night of very poor food and service. Each selected item on their menu was a total disappoint save the chocolate covered strawberries. The service and the food was awful and not worth the price you pay. Even the cake we brought in was cracked and smashed by the staff bringing it from the kitchen to the event room. They originally brought out paper plates and plastic napkins for an even that was costing thousands. Upon my request they fixed that but it just went on and on with inexperience or a lack of caring for quality service. I have waited to write this review to give the Leonardo staff a chance to professionally handle this but it is obvious the problem comes from the top. I have left multiple messages and email from the event coordinator on up. I did get a phone call from one of the executive staff who was not interested in the details of what went wrong and how they could improve. She apologized and said she would get back to me in the next couple of days with compensation for an awful experience. She admitted to that. That was two weeks ago. Save yourself a bad experience and chose another place to host your event!
This review is for an event at the Leonardo not the museum itself. We chose the Leonardo for my parents' 50th Anniversary party because of the spectacular location and museum itself which provides entertainment for kids and other guests. Despite our event being during the SLC Arts Festival which caused a few minor inconveniences, it did not disappoint in that regard. However i would HIGHLY discourage anyone from holding an event there because the museum's ability to actually host an event is way below mediocre. You are required to use the museum's in-house catering service and it is as if they have no experience in the catering business. The biggest disappointment was very, very, very poor food quality. Not only was the quality itself below mediocre it was also not as described in the material given by the museum. For example, we paid $6/person for a bruschetta bar for the guests as we waited for the couple to arrive. It is described as a "Antipasti Bruschea Bar Assorted sliced breads topped withtomato Bruschea and local cured meats." That is a direct quote from their material. It was literally a dry wheat roll (not sliced bread), diced tomatoes (no balsamic vinegar or anything), and a small plate of ONE kind of salami. The food was put out in small quantities so people felt they could not eat it for fear there wouldn't be enough. Once the food was a few pieces i had to keep asking for more to be put out. This is just one small example of a night of very poor food and service. Each selected item on their menu was a total disappoint save the chocolate covered strawberries. The service and the food was awful and not worth the price you pay. Even the cake we brought in was cracked and smashed by the staff bringing it from the kitchen to the event room. They originally brought out paper plates and plastic napkins for an even that was costing thousands. Upon my request they fixed that but it just went on and on with inexperience or a lack of caring for quality service. I have waited to write this review to give the Leonardo staff a chance to professionally handle this but it is obvious the problem comes from the top. I have left multiple messages and email from the event coordinator on up. I did get a phone call from one of the executive staff who was not interested in the details of what went wrong and how they could improve. She apologized and said she would get back to me in the next couple of days with compensation for an awful experience. She admitted to that. That was two weeks ago. Save yourself a bad experience and chose another place to host your event!