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Da Vinci: The Genius Events

Read about the exciting events coming up in honor of the new Da Vinci traveling exhibition!

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June 30, 2018 - 10:00am


Use daVinci’s drawings of anatomy to inform your paper pulp sculpture and create a 3D portrait using found objects and junkmail. Class will be held in the Museum Kiwanis Learning Garden


Michelle Korte has taught art in public and private schools, community centers, and universities in Chicago, Oakland, and Albuquerque for over fifteen years. She holds a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, an MA in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University, and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. She teaches art classes from a creative reuse mobile art studio.

Cirrelda Snider-Bryan is a clay artist and illustrator; and she has facilitated many community murals. She is a member of NM Potters & Clay Artists, Mosaic Artists of NM, and the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts. An environmental educator at the NM Museum of Natural History & Science since 2007, Cirrelda believes the most interesting art is influenced by science.

Cost $50 ($45 for members). Includes FREE ADMISSION to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit both days of this workshop (up to a $44 value). This workshop is intended for adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is required. Go to   Special discounts for students (from K thru Graduate Students) are available upon request. Scholarships are available...please contact

July 6, 2018 - 5:30pm

The next First Friday evening event at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science explores Leonardo da Vinci’s views of the natural world. On Friday evening, July 6, museum visitors will have one last chance to enjoy discounted prices to see Da Vinci — The Genius since this will be the final First Friday before the exhibition ends.

On July 6 from 5:30 – 9 p.m., admission to Da Vinci — The Genius is discounted by $5, making the final admission charge: Adults $17, Seniors $15 & Children $10. Admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits (excluding Da Vinci — The Genius), is $5 per person, a $3 savings off the usual adult price.

Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, and architect. Guests will enjoy many unique pieces including life-size machine inventions, entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works, and an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank, and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

“Almost 300 years before the modern science of geology began, Leonardo da Vinci made fundamental observations and scientific conclusions about rocks, fossils, water, and mountains. He used these observations to create art that was geologically accurate,” said Jayne Aubele, NMMNHS Educator and Geologist.

On July 6 only, aspects of da Vinci’s contributions to our understanding of Earth Science will be explained by experts from several organizations at table displays:

  • Mama’s Minerals will display beads, fossils, rocks, and more;
  • ABQ Gem and Mineral Club will offer demonstrations and displays of rough and polished minerals;
  • New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources will present a demonstration of the newly-implemented statewide groundwater monitoring project;
  • UNM Institute of Meteoritics will have meteorites and “meteorwrongs” on display with games and information on identification;
  • NM Environment Department, Ground Water Quality Bureau/Pollution Prevention Section, will show a hands-on water cycle and pollution “ant farm” which mimics pollution;
  • U.S. Geological Survey Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory will distribute hand-outs and information about earthquakes;
  • Bohannon Huston, Inc will have their hands-on river model to demonstrate erosion and water movement in channels;
  • New Mexico Academy of Science will showcase their work to support science and science education in New Mexico and accept nominations for Outstanding Science Teacher Award;
  • NMMNHS scientists and educators will present information about da Vinci’s observations regarding rocks and fossils, and his paintings and drawings that depicted accurate geology;
  • Museum volunteers will display different minerals and the natural paint pigments that can be made from them by hand with techniques used by da Vinci;
  • Sandia National Laboratory will present educational information related to their studies.

The Planetarium will present Fractal Friday at the usual times of 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. with the normal admission of: Adults $10, Seniors $7 & Children (3-12) $5. Shows typically sell out in advance, so get your tickets early on the Fractal Foundation’s website:

The Museum Observatory will be open to the night sky for 30 minutes from 8:30 – 9 p.m., weather permitting, and da Vinci exhibition admission will be required for access.

The Nature Works store will be selling fascinating da Vinci merchandise and other unique gifts from 5:30 – 8 p.m. The Hope Café will be open continuously from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. that day, so you can enjoy dinner while waiting for the museum to reopen (only the café entrance will be open from 5 – 5:30).

Crack the da Vinci code and get a special discount! A word based upon a da Vinci invention will unlock a 10 percent discount on a da Vinci audio tour when deliberately said at the tour rental kiosk. The code word for June is “Vitruvian.”

July 18, 2018 - 6:30pm

Da Vinci’s achievements are still acclaimed by the world, but what was Leonardo's world like? Join Dr. Franchina as she discusses the context of time and place within which he worked and the way in which he is viewed today in Italy.

 Dr. Miriam Franchina specializes in historical and archival research. She has been a teacher, journalist, and translator and speaks five languages. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Milan, Italy (where daVinci spent much of his time) and her Ph.D. in History from the University of Halle, Germany.

Cost: $8 nonmembers, $7 members, $5 students.  Cost includes $5 discount coupon to Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit. For adults and students age 10 and above. Preregistration is encouraged or tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the event (if seats are available). Go to


This event is made possible by the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities.