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Art Marries Science at the Coming Exhibit, Da Vinci - The Genius

Coming in February to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Visitors will marvel at models of da Vinci’s inventions. Courtesy Grande Exhibitions.

Coming in February, discover an exhibition about a rare individual whose life and rich mind may be the embodiment of STEAM, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) hosts a special exhibition, Da Vinci — The Genius, February 10 through July 29, 2018. Da Vinci — The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions with the assistance of Museo Leonardo da Vinci — Rome, and experts in Italy and France to provide a truly authentic experience

“This is a world-class exhibition that we anticipate will draw visitors from all over the United States,” said Margie Marino, the NMMNHS’s executive director. “The Museum has not hosted an exhibition of this scope since the blockbuster Titanic.”

An uncommon talent during the Italian Renaissance, da Vinci was born out of wedlock and had to forge his path. Largely self-educated, his insatiable curiosity and ability to observe lead him to create extraordinary artworks and hundreds of inventions.

Curiosity is one of seven important steps to emulating Leonardo’s genius, according to Michael Gelb,  the author of How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci. An examination of his life and his work inspires one to utilize all their talents, and is very much a survival skill relevant to living your best life today. Da Vinci–inspired programming has been developed that demonstrates what we can learn from the life and interests of da Vinci.

Instilling a love of learning and supporting the growth and development of creativity involves the use of all our capabilities. Leonardo da Vinci was a genius for whom whole-person learning resulted in many famous inventions and remarkable, timeless art pieces. Original da Vinci drawings will be exhibited with other master drawings at the New Mexico Museum of Art with related programming.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is open daily 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. $8 Adults (13–59), $7 Seniors (60+), $5 Children (3–12). Free Admission to NM residents with ID on the first Sunday of the month, and every Wednesday to NM Seniors with ID.

Teachers are encouraged to book class field trips now for Da Vinci — The Genius. There is a full compendium of resource materials for teachers about da Vinci available online at nmnaturalhistory.org.

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