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“How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci”

Author Michael Gelb Launches Lecture Series: “The Brain: It’s More Than You Think”

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, during the blockbuster exhibition Da Vinci—The Genius extended by popular demand through August 29, and, in anticipation of two planned exhibitions in 2019.  Coming in February 2019, the NMMNHS will host an exhibition from the DEA Museum called “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” as well as another traveling exhibit on what we know about the human brain.

Brain:  The Inside Story is the next amazing exhibition coming in January 2019 from the American Museum of Natural History.  It is filled with interactive experiences that engage visitors of all ages through digital and hands-on activities that explore senses, emotions, thoughts, brain development and brains of the future. This blockbuster exhibit is coming here from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

“Michael Gelb’s knowledge of DaVinci 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 “DaVinci, 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 12 p.m. – 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, non-transferable admission to Da Vinci—The Genius exhibition afterwards.

A cocktail hour and lecture is scheduled for the same day (July 26) at a separate cost. This $55 ticket will include a 5:30PM 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 non-transferable passes to visit the “DaVinci, The Genius” exhibition once over its last three days. “Most of the museum’s daVinci educational lecture series have sold out, so you’ll want to get your tickets early,’ Marino said.

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Seating is limited please contact Dianna Flores with questions at 228-9106.

NatureScapes 2018, Clouds

This year, turn your camera skyward in search of clouds. Can you capture the natural beauty of the colors and shapes of the New Mexico sky?

This is your opportunity to become part of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Our vision is to inspire a greater appreciation and under-standing of the natural world by celebrating nature through the art of photography.

Download an entry form here and submit your print between August 1st-31st.

Upcoming Events

July 26, 2018 - 12:00pm

The Brain: It's more than you think. . . LUNCHEON, Keynote speaker Michael J. Gelb Begins at noon in the Community Gallery of the Museum. Your $50 ticket includes: Lunch, remarks by Michael Gelb, a Copy of his book “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci, and same-day, Non-transferable same-day admission to the exhibition Da Vinci, The Genius.

July 26, 2018 - 5:30pm

The Brain: It's more than you think. . . Keynote speaker Michael J. Gelb RECEPTION AND LECTURE Begins at 5:30 PM in the Secrets of the Mona Lisa exhibition at the Museum. Your $55 ticket includes: Cocktail/appetizer reception with remarks by Michael Gelb, a Copy of his book “How to think Like Leonardo Da Vinci,” a lecture in the Museum’s DynaTheater auditorium, and free admission pass to visit the exhibition Da Vinci, The Genius.

August 3, 2018 - 5:30pm

Enjoy da Vinci: the Genius exhibition at a discounted rate for the last evening event before the exhibit closes.

August 3, 2018 - 6:00pm

First Friday Fractals is the spectacular, award-winning fulldome planetarium show that takes viewers on a tour of the fractals in nature and zooms through infinitely complex mathematical fractals. Featuring original music, the show is both educational and highly entertaining, and suitable for audiences 3 and up.

August 24, 2018 - 6:30pm

"Would Leonardo da Vinci Make a Good Astrobiologist?” August 24, 2018 • 6:30pm - 8pm By Penelope J. Boston, Ph.D. Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Leonardo daVInci was a polymath across the arts, sciences, and engineering. If he lived today, how would he relate to the highly interdisciplinary field of Astrobiology? Would he be one of our greatest astrobiologists ever? How can today’s astrobiologists and interested citizens be “Leonardo-like” as we contemplate the question of whether there are other lifeforms in our own Solar System and beyond on the myriad of exoplanets around our neighboring stars? Dr. Boston, Director of NASA's Astrobiology Institute, is an internationally recognized scientist who also explores art along with the interdisciplinary aspects of astrobiology. She studies extremophiles (extreme microbial lifeforms) on Earth and the possibilities of similar life on other planets. Prior to her appointment with NASA she was founder and director of the Cave and Karst Studies Program, and faculty member at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. She has been featured in many science documentaries shown on PBS and National Geographic. She has a B.S. in microbiology, geology, and psychology, and a M.S. in microbiology and atmospheric chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Colorado Boulder. This lecture is sponsored by the New Mexico Academy of Science in partnership with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.