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May 2009 Museletter

newopening this month!

Leonardo da Vinci
Machines in Motion

Experience the world of Leonardo da Vinci through forty full-scale machines based on his visionary designs at the Mayborn Museum. From flying machines and parachutes to machines of war, Leonardo’s inventions employed tools of the time rather than industrial implements.

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Bring the entire family out to experience things that influenced Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions such as the earth, air, fire, and water. Come and explore the genius of the world’s original Renaissance man. This extraordinary exhibition will be on view May 23rd - August 16th.

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Many thanks to our media sponsors Grande Communications and the Waco Tribune-Herald.

special event

opening day - leonardo style!
mona lisa says fun

Join us for a amazing, fun-filled, day of activities on May 23 from 10am until 7pm. Some of the special things planned for the day:

  • Inflatables
  • chalk art
  • jugglers
  • caricature artists
  • Mona Lisa photo op
  • music

Admission is $5 for everyone (members free)
Concession food available for purchase
Caricature art available for purchase


Leonardo's Workshop
Build a bridge, fire a catapult, make flying machines and more in this fantastic addition to our summer exhibit. Leonardo’s Workshop is a hands-on area for our visitors to explore Leonardo’s designs. Created by the Witte Museum in San Antonio and brought to Waco by the Cooper Foundation, the workshop will add a family-friendly space for visitor learning and experimentation.

Mystery object game!

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Just click on the picture to enter your guess. If that doesn't work,
email your answer to

Each month we will post a mystery picture from the museum. All you need to do is click on it to tell us what it is. We will draw a winner from all the correct answers. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to our museum store and a Family Pass. Use it for your next visit or share it with someone who's never been.

Congratulations to Michael Stratton who correctly guessed that the picture in our April e-newsletter was of a drum from the Native American room. Many people had the correct answer! Thanks to everyone who played.

We will announce this month's winner in our next Museletter...Good Luck!

Next Free Sunday - June 7

Our next free Sunday is sponsored by the Lipsitz Family Foundation. It will be on June 7. If you know someone who's never been, please let them know.

Many thanks to Bush's Chicken for sponsoring our May free Sunday.


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In May the Museum Store will introduce ALL NEW ITEMS to compliment the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit.  Here are just a few to choose from:

  • Jewelry with the Mona Lisa and the Vitruvian man.
  • Several different Leonardo-themed t-shirts.
  • Many different books for young readers and adults. Some books tell a story while others have detailed analysis of Leonardo's works.
  • A Mona Lisa clock and Mona Lisa mints in a collector's box.   
  • Specially designed magnet for the exhibit 
  • Wood models of the Canterbury Arch, the self-supporting bridge, the perpetual motion machine, the trebuchet and the catapult.
  • Many more items in connection with the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion exhibit.

Remember, the Museum Store is an extension of your visit to the museum and Mayborn Museum members always receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

school & summer groups

We are starting to book summer groups now. Call to reserve a spot  for your student or adult group.

Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations.


birthday parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with a party at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Please call 254-710-1194 to book your party today!

Click here to read more about our one-of-a-kind birthday parties.


Members at the Contributing level and above will receive free tickets to this years Gala event: Dinner with da Vinci on July 17. We will be celebrating our 5th anniversary! This is a great deal, so please consider a membership at the contributing level or above.

Contact Misty Holly at 254-710-1180 or visit our website to make this valuable purchase online.



• Love working with children?
• Enjoy science, history, and just having fun?  
• completed the 8th grade?
Why not spend your summer as a Davinci Days Apprentice?

Visit the volunteer section of our website  to learn more about our exciting summer youth volunteer opportunities.



Interested in bringing a group to the museum? Click here to see the various ways your group can visit.



Join our Facebook Group to connect with other Museum members and get invitations to special events.

Photos Online

Do you enjoy taking pictures during your visits to the museum? If so, and you'd like to share them, add them to the Mayborn's Flickr group. If you have a Flickr account, join our group and send your Mayborn-related photos our way.

Everyone is welcome to view our photos on Flickr. If you see one you especially like of you or your family let us know and we'll send you a copy.


Coming Next Month

June 7: Free Sunday sponsored by Lipsitz Family Foundation

June 11: da Vinci Day - Machines in Motion

June 18: da Vinci Day - Water

June 25: da Vinci Day - Flight