Free ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ preview on Monday at the High Museum

The High Museum is nearing its debut of  “Leonardo da Vinci: Hand of Genius,” another highly anticipated exhibition to come through the city. For the first time in the museum’s history, the High will offer a free preview on Monday, Oct. 5, from noon-7 p.m.

It’s a rare and special treat for Atlantans to see such an acclaimed exhibition free of charge before the official opening on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The last ticket Monday will be issued at 6 p.m., and no advance reservations will be accepted.

The exhibition features approximately 50 works, including more than 20 sketches and studies by Leonardo, some of which will be on display for the first time in the United States.

“We know budgets are tight these days, but this is such an significant exhibition,” said Philip Verre, the High’s Chief Operating Officer. “With some of the most important works of art in the world, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience it. So, we’re giving Atlanta a gift. For the first time ever, we are offering a free preview day of the exhibition, because everyone deserves the opportunity to meet a genius.”

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September 30th, 2009
9:29 am

This is a great opportunity – but it’s for High Museum of Art “members” only.

Rana Cash

September 30th, 2009
11:19 am

Hi folks. Jessy, that is not true. I just confirmed with the Hight that the free preview on Monday is available to everyone — members and non-members alike.


October 2nd, 2009
12:48 pm

I wasn’t trying to be rude? But that’s how it reads on their site. When I checked it clearly said “Special events for members of the High Museum of Art. High Museum of Art members enjoy events and programming that are free or discounted. Spend more time with Leonardo: Hand of the Genius during these member-only preview events. Member Previews for Leonardo: Hand of the Genius.”

I’m glad you called and confirmed – that means I can go!



October 2nd, 2009
12:59 pm

No problem at all. I hope you have a great time!


October 2nd, 2009
11:04 pm

Does anyone know if there is free access to all of the museum or just the Leonardo exhibit?

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October 5th, 2009
12:02 am

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October 5th, 2009
1:38 pm

Over the weekend they only let members see it but Monday is free for all. Also, Saturday was free for Fulton County residents and the first weekend of every month is free to Bank of America customers


October 5th, 2009
1:42 pm

The first weekend of every month is free to Bank of America cardholders, not just customers. Any BoA card will do, but it’s only for the cardholder themselves — which means that kids of cardholders aren’t included, which is stupid, b/c how many younger kids are going to have cards of their own? There are actually a lot of museums and attractions you can get into with this deal — incl the zoo, etc. There is a website…


October 5th, 2009
1:44 pm

And Oct. 18 is the Target Free Day at all of Woodruff. We went last year and got into the High for free along with behind-the-scenes tours at the ASO and lots of great kids activities.