New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Museum Announces Events in Conjunction with exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius

February 08, 2018


(Albuquerque, NM) – In conjunction with the world-class Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science from February 10 through July 29, 2018, the museum is hosting many da Vinci-related events. The events include $5 First Fridays, adult party nights, lectures, and panel discussions.

On the first Friday of each month, the Museum offers themed $5 First Fridays

The $22 da Vinci exhibition admission will be discounted by $5 during the evening activities held from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. During Da Vinci—The Genius, each night focuses on a different area of the exhibition.

  • February 2: Preparing for da Vinci | Preview fun activities available at events during the exhibition.

  • March. 2: da Vinci & Anatomy | Anatomy experts will describe how they teach the structure of the human body.

  • April. 6: da Vinci & Flight | Learn how da Vinci’s study of natural flight eventually lead to all modern aircraft.

  • May 4: da Vinci & Military Innovations | See how modern defensive systems work, some of which were inspired by da Vinci’s drawings.

  • June 1: da Vinci & Technology | Discover how mechan­ical technology from the Renaissance is used to explore other planets.

  • July 6: da Vinci & Earth Science | Learn about da Vinci’s observations on the land, sea, and sky.

Three Adult Nights will be held during da Vinci:

The events run from 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Tickets are $27 per person for ages 21 and older and include admission to the exhibition.

  • Feb. 16: Date Night with da Vinci | Valentines Party; Write a love poem and enjoy a cash bar and dancing.

  • Apr. 20: Reliving the Renaissance | Dress as a Renais­sance character and learn period dances; cash bar included.

  • June 15: Libations & Leonardo | Create your own mas­terpiece, dance, and sample wine from a cash bar.

Lectures & Panel Discussions:

A series of six lectures/panel discussions are planned. Each is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admission is $8, $7 members, $5 students; includes $5 discount coupon to da Vinci exhibition.

  • Feb. 28: Dr. Luis Campos - Leonardo’s Many Lives | Discover da Vinci’s place in the history of science.

  • Mar. 14: Dr. Andrew Connors - Da Vinci, Artist or Scientist? | Why does everyone love the Mona Lisa?

  • Apr. 25: Experts from NASA, Intel, Sandia Labs, NM Highlands Media Arts and Acoma Pueblo - Science and Technology: Past and Present | Scientists, engineers, computer graphics experts, and educators discuss this intersection of disciplines.

  • May 9: Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Milwaukee Public Museum - Art and Geoscience: Leonardo’s Landscapes | Discover da Vinci’s use of geology in his art.

  • May 23: Experts from UNM, The Planetary Science Institute, Intel,  and Meow Wolf - Science and Art: Intersections | Meet artists using a variety of media and scientists who integrate art into their research.

  • July 18: Dr. Miriam Franchina, Italian Historian - Leonardo | Explore the time and place of da Vinci’s genius and his legacy in modern Italy.


Four workshops are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. - noon on the dates below. Sign up is $50, $45 members; includes admission to the da Vinci exhibition the same day.

  • Apr. 14: Dr. Natalie Elliot - Leonardo’s Machines | Discover how Leonardo conceived of machines.

  • June 9 & 10: Michelle Korte and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan - Modern Mona Lisa: Low Relief Pulp Portraits | Create a portrait in the da Vinci style using pigmented recycled paper pulp.

  • June 23: Matt Celeskey, Scientific Illustrator and Artist - Introduction to Scientific Illustration | Examine Leonardo’s style of observation and artistic creativity and sketch objects from the Museum’s collection.

  • June 30 & July 1: Michelle Korte and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan - Reinventing Anatomy: Paper Pulp Sculpture | Use da Vinci’s drawings of anatomy to inform your 3D portrait sculpture using found objects.

Information, Tickets, and Registration:

If you or your organization would like to plan an event at the Museum during Da Vinci—The Genius, contact Dianna Flores at or call505-228-9106.

Image: Da Vinci—The Genius. Photo: Courtesy Grande Exhibitions


About the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Established in 1986, the mission of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & 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 exhibitions, programs, and workshops in Geoscience, including Paleontology and Mineralogy, Bioscience, and Space Science. It is the Southwest’s largest repository for fossils, and includes a Planetarium and a large format 3D DynaTheater. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum is open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and 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 New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other  divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at


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Da Vinci—The Genius, Photo Courtesy: Grande Exhibitions
Da Vinci—The Genius, Photo Courtesy: Grande Exhibitions
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