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June 2009 Museletter

What's everyone talking about?


Come see what all the buzz is about!

It's here! Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion. And we can say that it is an amazing exhibit!

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.


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Join us on these Thursdays in June as we learn more about Leonardo, his machines and his interpretation of the world around him.

June 11: Machines in Motion

You don’t have to be a genius to work with gears, pulleys and levers. Come test your architectural skills as you build bridges, arches and your own magnificent structures. Stay for the afternoon and enjoy a story, watch a unicycle demonstration and meet our “visiting physicist” in the Simple Machines room.

June 18: Water

Don't worry, you don't need your swimsuit or pool toys to enjoy this day. Create a tornado, try on some swim fins, and learn how to train a "pet octopus"! Enjoy a movie, a story, or talk with a SCUBA expert. Come catch a wave!  

June 25: Flight

There are no long lines to stand in to catch a day of “FLIGHT” at the Mayborn museum! Test your parachuting skills and create a feather helicopter. Fasten your seat belts and put your seats and tray tables in the full upright and locked positions...and the in flight movie is part of your ticket price! See you at the Mayborn.

NOTE: We're open from 10 - 8 on Thursdays, but the activities take place from 1 - 8pm.


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 and brought to Waco by the Cooper Foundation.

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 give it to someone who's never visited!

Congratulations to Suzanne Weems who correctly guessed that the picture in our May e-newsletter was of a sombrero from the People of the World 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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This June, in honor of Father’s day, we are promoting all our gifts for Dads!

We’ve got woodkits of nearly every size and shape! First there’s da Vinci’s Self-Supporting Bridge, which can be built and rebuilt however often you like! We also have Trebuchets and Catapults galore, as well as the Catenary Arch and the Perpetual Motion Machine! You can make Dad feel just like the Master Engineer himself!

As a special bonus, we've got Ron Toms, the owner of RLT Industries, Inc., a small family-owned company that manufactures the catapults, bridges and other educational projects we sell in the store. He will be visiting the museum on June 6 from 12 - 3. Come meet him and talk about his fun products!

June Re-Cap

Just because there's so much going on in June, here's an easy-to-read quick reference of all the activities:

June 6: Meet Ron Toms
June 7: Free Sunday
June 11: da Vinci Day
June 18: da Vinci Day
June 25: da Vinci Day

More details on each of these are included in this newsletter.


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

Check out a slide show from opening day here. See one you'd like a copy of? Contact Fay Ratta for information.


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

July 5: Free Sunday sponsored by Braces by Dr. Lisa Kerns

July 16: da Vinci Day - Renaissance Day

July 17: Dinner da Vinci Style

July 23: da Vinci Day - Weapons of War

July 30: da Vinci Day -