The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) recently added several new exhibits focused on early motion picture techniques in its Da Vinci’s Corner gallery. The additions include a tabletop praxinoscope and zoetrope and a large, free-standing zoetrope that measures more than six feet in diameter. A humorous animated introduction to the inventors of these animation devices is also featured as part of these new exhibits.
“The Discovery’s Da Vinci’s Corner gallery focuses on the intersection of art and science,” said Will Durham, exhibits manager. “One of Da Vinci’s early works was the projector, or “magic lantern,” so these early movie making devices feel right at home amongst the other exhibits in this hands-on gallery.”
All of the new exhibits in this unveiling were designed and built on-site in the museum’s workshop by museum staff and volunteers. Exhibits designed and built in-house are just one of the ways The Discovery keeps each visit to the museum engaging and new.
For more information about Da Vinci’s Corner and other galleries at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, visit www.nvdm.org.