New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

DynaTheaterís Space Next 3D: A Journey that Began with Da Vinci

November 07, 2017


(Albuquerque, NM) –The possibility of people flying, like birds, mystified man until he figured out how to do it. Centuries before the American Wright brothers launched their flying machine, acclaimed Italian genius Leonardo da Vinci worked to find a practical solution to the challenge of flight. He studied the flights and physical structure of birds, making detailed drawings of flight and several mechanical wing devices.  He designed many mechanical devices, including parachutes.  About 1485, da Vinci drew detailed plans for a human-powered ornithopter, a wing-flapping device intended to fly.  The image he presented is a powerful one, however there is no evidence da Vinci ever tried to build such a device. 

The journey to reach the stars began with our earliest dreams of flying and led to landing on the moon and sending a probe to Pluto. But that’s only the beginning.  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science DynaTheater’s current film, Space Next 3D offers a stunning glimpse into yesterday’s accomplishments, today’s science and tomorrow’s possibilities of what is to come by way of private space developments and national space programs

Space Next 3D is shown daily in the DynaTheater at 1:00PM & 4:00PM. Tickets to the DynaTheater are in addition to Museum admission.  Adults (13-59) $7, Seniors (60+) $6, Children (3-12) $5.

Space Next takes audiences on a remarkable journey of mankind’s pursuit of the stars,” said Margie Marino, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, home to the Dyna Theater. “Space Next brings us up to speed on where we’ve been, where we are now, and boldly ventures beyond today to tell the story of where we are going; all in breathtaking, state-of-the art imagery and evocative sound design to transport audiences to the future.”

Afterglow Studios worked with leading scientists and consultants from NASA and other institutions to create the visuals and story of Space Next. The film presents actual possibilities of what lies in the future of space development and exploration. The attention to detail of the visual effects are perfect for this topic on the Giant Screen.

“The Space Next 3D presentation in the DynaTheater is a perfect introduction to the blockbuster exhibition we have coming in February 2018, Da Vinci—The Genius,” said Marino. “This 3D film studies the origins of flight, and aviation was, perhaps, Leonardo da Vinci’s favorite subject among his many areas of study.”

Beginning February 10, 2018, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and Grande Exhibitions will present Da Vinci – The Genius, the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created, for a limited engagement in Albuquerque. The interactive experience will immerse guests in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art.

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.

Created with the assistance of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci – Rome, Italy, and many experts in Italy and France, Da Vinci – The Genius celebrates one of the most revered and dynamic minds of all time. The exhibition features 17 compelling themed areas of da Vinci’s work, offering visitors an unmatched look inside the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle.

Doors open to the public on February 10, 2018.  Prices are $22 per ticket.  Da Vinci – The Genius will be open daily from 9:00AM-5:00PM



Media Contact: Mary Ann Hatchitt | 505-681-4014 |


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is to preserve and interpret the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. The NMMNHS offers exhibits, exhibitions, programs, and workshops in Paleontology, Geoscience, Bioscience, Earth Science, Natural Science, Gemology, is the Southwest’s largest repository for dinosaur fossils, and includes a Planetarium and a DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open 7 days a week, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. 1801 Mountain Road NW, northeast of Historic Old Town Plaza, Albuquerque, NM 87104, (505) 841-2800.  Events, news releases and images about activities at the Museum of Natural History and Science and other in divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at



Creators and promoters of Da Vinci The Genius, who have researched, sourced and interpreted much of what is contained in the exhibition. 

Grande Exhibitions specializes in the creation, design, production, promotion and installation of large-scale international traveling exhibitions and permanent exhibition experiences of broad cultural appeal, which are engaging, entertaining and educational.

Grande Exhibitions conceptualizes exhibition experiences of timeless brand appeal and transforms them into visually and technically stunning exhibit masterpieces, ready to tour internationally. Our collection of exhibitions has been hosted in over 90 cities across six continents, to more than 8 million people.

Grande Exhibitions operates from its head office in Melbourne, Australia, with satellite offices in London, UK, Atlanta, USA, and Santiago, Chile. Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates Museo Leonardo da Vinci – a permanent museum in a prestigious central location in Rome, Italy.







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Space Next 3D Poster
Da Vinci--The Genius: Human-powered ornithopter, a wing-flapping device intended to fly. Courtesy: Grande Exhibtions

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