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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-957-1580
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Ranked #5 of 36 Attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s... more » Owner description: The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s drawings, one of which graces the Frederik Meijer Gardens. « less
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Bartlett, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It should be notes that this attraction is located within another attraction (the Frederick Meijer Garden). The Garden is worth 5 stars, while this is worth 3.5 or 4 stars. I rated this a 3 on it's own because the surrounding attractions are more appealing. We spent 30-60 minutes at other parts of the garden, while about 15 minutes here.

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Bradenton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is probably the main attraction in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park-and for good reason. You will never see another horse sculpture on this scale and it is a beautiful horse, based on sketches by di Vinci.

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falmouth, maine
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260 reviews 260 reviews
76 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

just breathtaking. I'm not into horses, sculpture or Da Vinci. I was wandering around FM garden and saw the sign for this and almost skipped it; figured I'd walk around and see it en route to a few other things. Took my breath away. Great history - apparently there's one in Milan that is identical. A must see.

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Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Not to be missed at Meijer Gardens. The da Vinci horse is awesome! Great date site. Bring your camera. Also ahas a children's area. Great gift shop, too

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

No doubt the number one attraction at the gardens and sculpture park. Stunning work of art. One of only two in the world. Go and see it!

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Rockford, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Frederick Meier commissioned a recasting of Leonardo's giant horse. The original was melted down to make cannon. The horse in Grand Rapids is one of two, the other is in Milan, Italy.

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Manama, Bahrain
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55 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It's quite a sight and one that is rare. The horse is enormous and you can really feel the muscles bunching up with the horse's hoof raised. See the horse, but don't forget to see all of the other interesting artistic and botanical options.

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Novi, Michigan
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

The horse is huge, detailed and incredible. There is a middle sized horse and a little horse as well. Getting your pic next to or under the foot is a must.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Every time I am at Meijer Gardens I have to go to the da Vinci horse sculpture, stand at one of the front hooves, and look up. This massive art piece humbles you. Then I walk around, stopping several times to look up, or just to look at the portion in front of me. Each time I'm given a new... More

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Hastings, Michigan
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is at Meijer Gardens and has a really great story behind it. Take the tram tour ($3) and the volunteer will tell you about not only the Leonardo da Vinci Horse, but many other sculptures!!

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