New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

“How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci” Author Michael Gelb Launches Lecture Series: “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think”

May 25, 2018


Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb will be the first speaker in a new lecture series being launched by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, entitled “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think.” Gelb will speak July 26, three days before the current blockbuster exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius closes July 29, and, in anticipation of two planned exhibitions coming in 2019. Coming in February 2019, the NMMNHS will host an exhibition from the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum called “Drugs: Costs and Consequence, Opening Eyes to the Damages Drugs Cause” as well as another traveling exhibit on the human brain entitled “Brain: The Inside Story.”

Among the many books written by Gelb, are How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, and Brain Power: Improve Your Mind as You Age. “Michael Gelb’s lecture and topic matter are a perfect bridge between these important exhibitions at the museum,” said museum director, Margie Marino. “So many of our patrons who have visited the da Vinci exhibition have mentioned Gelb’s book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.

“Michael Gelb’s knowledge of da Vinci and how it can be applied to creative thinking will provide insight and motivation to program attendees. The two programs—a luncheon and evening lecture—are a great segue between the successful Da Vinci--The Genius exhibition, and our next community-based initiative that will focus on brain health,” Marino said.

Both programs will be held at the museum and DynaTheater. The cost of admission for the luncheon is $50 that includes lunch in the Community Gallery of the Museum from noon – 1:30 p.m., remarks by the author, a signed copy of Gelb’s book How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci, and same-day, nontransferable admission to Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition afterward. For tickets to the lecture and luncheon: 

A cocktail hour and lecture is scheduled for the same day (July 26) at a separate cost. This $55 ticket will include a 5:30 p.m. cocktail/appetizer reception with remarks by the author, a lecture, a signed copy of Michael Gelb’s book How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci, and nontransferable passes to visit the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition once over its last three days. For ticket to the reception and evening lecture:

“Most of the museum’s da Vinci educational lecture series have sold out, so you’ll want to get your tickets early,’ Marino said.


About the two upcoming exhibitions:

Drugs: Cost and Consequences, Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause, exhibition from the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia.

Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with Codice, Idee per la cultura, Torino, Italy in association with Comune di Milano – Assessorato Cultura, Italy; Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China; and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.


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 seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 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



Related Photos

How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci book jacket, Penguin Random House
Author Michael J. Gelb. Courtesy: Michael J. Gelb, Photo by: Michael Mahoney/Hat Head Studios
Brain Power book jacket New World Library
Da Vinci—The Genius, Photo Courtesy: Grande Exhibitions

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