New exhibit showcases 101 inventions that changed the world

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jun 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-16 17:07:23-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new exhibit at The Leonardo museum features inventions from the wheel and axle all the way up to the light bulb and Velcro, and it’s opening this month.

Exhibit Manager Rob Kirk said eight science museum CEOs from around the world spent three months taking a list of 1,000 inventions and whittling it down to the exhibit’s 101 inventions that changed the world.

"They looked at over 1,000 inventions and across key periods of time to then focus on which ones had the biggest impact over those periods of time,” he said.

The Leonardo exhibit projects multimedia on the walls and floor to unveil some of mankind’s greatest inventions. The exhibit covers inventions spanning from the dawn of mankind to modern times. The event has everything from the invention of fire to the first brick-like cellular phones.

Museum visitor Sara DeSalvo said the exhibit gives people a historical perspective.

"I think it's important because it's a part of history, and it gives them a background of what it used to be like and how it evolved and changed,” she said.

While some inventions like the wheel seem like a no-brainer, a few inventions in the exhibit caught visitors off-guard.

"I was surprised Legos made it,” visitor Kimberly La Cognata said.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website.