The Da Vinci Science Center (DSC), as it is known today, took shape in July 2003 with the merger of the Discovery Center of Science and Technology and Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. (LDVHI) – the nonprofit organization that actualized Leonardo’s vision of placing a 24-foot bronze horse statue in Milan, Italy.
Leonardo envisioned “Il Cavallo” in the 15th century, but war and circumstance prevented him from completed this masterpiece. The late Charles C. Dent of Allentown, Pa. – a retired commercial airline pilot, diplomatic activist, and arts patron – dedicated the final 17 years of his to life to bringing The Horse to life. While Charles C. Dent passed away in 1994, the organization he founded carried on, unveiling the completed statue on Sept. 10, 1999, before a worldwide audience. The statue stands as a symbol of goodwill between the American people and the people of Italy.
The leaders of both the Discovery Center and LDVHI shared a passion for igniting curious minds by engaging them in active, hands-on learning. Both groups also appreciated how their respective disciplines connected with other elements of the human experience.
Focused on making science fun and accessible for curious minds of all ages and showcasing connections between disciplines, the merged organization identifies Leonardo and The Horse as inspiring embodiments of the inquiry method, the connections between science and the arts, curiosity, creativity, and imagination.
Da Vinci Science Center experiences promote qualities of greatness embodied by Leonardo and the transformative men and women who have followed him – as adapted for 21st century life.