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Da Vinci — The Genius: Sparking Inspiration for 500 Years

Curiosity drove Leonardo da Vinci. For 500 years, mankind has continued to draw inspiration from this extraordinary individual whose life and rich mind exemplify the very essence of a STEAM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Through July 29, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is hosting the world-class exhibition, Da Vinci—The Genius created by Grande Exhibitions of Victoria, Australia, with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci–Rome, and experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience

The exhibition provides insights into the amazing mind of this Renaissance thinker. Da Vinci illustrates the inspirational and unlimited capacity of the human mind and an entrepreneurial spirit that remains essential to navigating our modern world. This 12,000-square-foot exhibition is comprised of two parts: Secrets of the Mona Lisa and an inventions area featuring 75 large-scale models of his machine inventions, many of which are interactive, brought to life for the first time by modern-day artisans.

“Hundreds of New Mexico school children are experiencing, for the first time, the depth and breadth of da Vinci’s genius through this exhibition,” said Margie Marino, the museum’s executive director. “We purposefully kept the per-student admission fee for student groups at the same low rate it has been so as many New Mexico school students as possible can have the da Vinci experience. The goal is to create a spark that will inspire a life-long curiosity and love of learning.”

Born out of wedlock in the year 1452, Leonardo da Vinci was forced by his modest circumstances to forge his own path in the world. Largely self-educated, da Vinci used his insatiable curiosity and observational skills to create extraordinary artworks and hundreds of inventions of every possible type. Years before these inventions became commonplace, he designed a car, prototypes for manned flight, a bicycle, and scuba gear. Da Vinci was an artist, inventor, musician, scientist, and philosopher.

Ticket prices to Da Vinci—The Genius are $22 (general admission), $20 (seniors) $12 (3–12).

In support of the Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of lectures and events to enhance what we can from the life and interests of da Vinci. The Museum and Natural History Foundation are also hosting a video contest for students: Da Vinci, the Genius in Me, Solutions for a Better Tomorrow. Students create a two- to three-minute video showcasing the importance of STEAM. The winning videos will be shown at an awards ceremony at the museum June 23. There is also a series of da Vinci-inspired workshops that can be accessed on the museum’s website, and in the calendar portion of this guide (page 36).

Daily, 9 a.m—5 p.m $8 Adults (13–59), $7 Seniors (60+), $5 Children (3–12). Free to NM residents with ID on the first Sunday of the month, and every Wednesday to NM Seniors with ID.

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