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100,000! Turnout for Blockbuster Leonardo Exhibit Hits Magnificent Milestone

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, 30 December, 2008
On Tuesday, December 30, 2009, the 100,000th visitor will enter the Leonardo exhibit, marking a major high point of the popular showcase. The lucky, unsuspecting visitor will receive congratulations, balloons, a free museum membership and a personal guided tour. The world premier and only U.S. stop for "Leonardo: 500 Years into the Future" is attracting widespread attention, with visitors from all corners of the region lining up at The Tech Museum of Innovation to discover the genius of Leonardo and the renaissance engineers. The unprecedented exhibit, already enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors since its late September opening, has been extended to January 25, 2009 due to popular demand. The exhibit features the most comprehensive display of the innovative art, science and engineering works of Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries. The exhibit includes more than 100 life-size and scale working models, hands-on interactive machines, multimedia presentations and two priceless works of art. WHO: The unsuspecting 100,000th visitor to the Leonardo exhibit is celebrated with balloons, a free museum membership and a personal tour of the largest and most comprehensive Leonardo da Vinci exhibit ever. WHEN: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2009 WHERE: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S. Market Street, San Jose. Event takes place immediately inside exhibit (Parkside Hall) ***PHOTO OPS*** On hand for the surprise and presentation will be Tech President Peter Friess, Special Projects/Exhibitions Manager David Whitman, Membership Manager Valerie Contreras and a well-preserved "Leonardo". About The Tech Museum of Innovation The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org. Contact: Roqua Montez Senior Manager Public Relations (408) 795-6225 rmontez@thetech.org