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

Feb 10, 2018

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

  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.