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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-957-1580
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Ranked #4 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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Michigan
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25 reviews 25 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
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51 helpful votes 51 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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30 helpful votes 30 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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28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The horse is just like you would imagine it, except it's even larger. The detail is terrific. An image you will remember.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Part of the Meijer Gardens, this is a famous statue of da Vinci's drawing of a huge horse. One of 2, the other is in Italy. There are also 2 smaller versions on site, for closer inspection and for the visually impaired.

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We go to Meijer Gardens every so often, even though it is a very long drive. The horse is a favorite of my traveling companion.

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