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“Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibtion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Leonardo Museum

The Leonardo Museum
209 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 531-9800
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Owner description: Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Leonardo is a new kind of museum connecting science, technology and creativity. In addition to one-of-a-kind permanent exhibits, The Leonardo brings world-class traveling exhibitions and unique educational opportunities to Utah.
Spokane Valley, Washington
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“Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibtion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

The museum is an architecturally pleasing venue with some eye-catching imaginative installations. The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition was an elaborate presentation that illuminated the historical significance of the relics and scroll fragments. Nice personal touches such as live narration involved the viewer, which is helpful since the subject matter is fairly esoteric. Large blowups of the site gave a real feeling of the locale where the treasures were discovered. Only small disappointment was that none of the scrolls themselves were present, only small pieces, but they are probably too fragile and priceless to travel.

Visited January 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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“Poor layout!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My husband and I were excited to take the time to see the newly renovated Leonardo. I can say that the children who attended were having a good time. However, the layout was very poor and the place is simply Ugly. The money they spent on renovation...? The employees were very excited to help the kids.
The escalator was still broken and I really couldn't believe how bad the flow from one exhibit to another. I agree with bempey22, especially the layout and signage.
Overall, I give this museum a poor mark.

Visited December 2013
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“Surprised by Leonardo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I really liked the lanyard graphics the workers wore. The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit wI really enjoy the workspace where the young men helped us make rubber band cars and straw airplanes. They were gracious with the young children who came after us. Sadly the only other exhibit was on recycling- that is way overuse subject. The gift shop had expensive gifts that were not really related to the exhibits? Someone had fun setting it up but they could use some help.

Visited December 2013
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West Jordan, Utah, United States
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“Ok Museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We went to see the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit. While I thought there was a lot of neat things to see in this exhibit, I did not like how they sent the groups in and how it was all set up. There were a few different rooms that you went though,and because of the way it was set up you had to wait in every room in order to see anything. Would have like it to be more spread out in each room so you could wonder at your own pace instead of waiting behind a line of people. The last room with the actual scrolls was set up more open and that was nice. Took my 11 and 7 yr old girls, and although they said it was "cool" they didn't care to see any more clay pots. :) They enjoyed putting their prayer in the Wailing Wall. Other than this exhibit there wasn't much else. They had an area with things for the kids to do, but compared to the last time we went (a few years ago) it was quite small and packed with people. We went as part of our Salt Lake City connect passes and paid $15 extra for each adult and $2 per kid to get into the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit. I left thinking it was all ok, but not anything great.

Visited December 2013
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West Bountiful, Utah
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“Poor Execution”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Leonardo is like someone's dream was to open a museum, but they have no experience running a museum or even a business. There is a serious lack in general maintenance. The place is very cluttered with junk that belongs in a storeroom in the basement. The lighting is terribly dark. The escalator is broken. The signage is awful, so you don't ever know where to go next. And, basically it is boring. There is not much to do there. The one area for young kids to play doesn't even have a bench or a chair for parents. Don't waste your money on the Leonardo.

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