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June 2009 Museletter

Have you seen leonardo's machines?

Celebrate July 4th da Vinci style. Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion is the perfect venue to get together with family and friends away from the Texas heat. The museum will be open throughout the 4th of July holiday including our free Sunday on July 5.

Bring your out-of-town guests by to see this fabulous exhibit. Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion will be on exhibit through August 16th, so there’s still plenty of time Engage, Explore, Enjoy the world of Leonardo.

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

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Join us for a fabulous
EVENING DA VINCI STYLE on Friday July 17 at 6:30

We are offering Italian food (salads & pasta stations) and a trifle bar to create your own dessert. Street painters will demonstrate their artistic talent on the front steps of the museum, jugglers will entertain us, musicians will perform for us, and you will have a chance to have your caricature drawn all evening long.


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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.

July 16: Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci has been called the Original Renaissance man. On this Thursday you will be able to:

  • see how you measure up as a Leonardo’s Vitruvian man
  • create your own theatrical mask
  • dress up for a photo in Renaissance attire
  • picture yourself with Mona Lisa’s smile
  • observe Italian street painting on the Museum’s front porch
  • enjoy Renaissance living through the entertainment of Stonhenj.

Be sure to bring your camera on this day!

July 23: Weapons of War

Test your marksmanship skills with catapults, crossbows, stomp rockets, sling shots and air cannons. Be sure to visit an Army vehicle parked outside of the Mayborn. Build catapults and trebuchets and even learn how to make your own catapults at home for hours of fun.

Let your “guard” down for a great time at the Mayborn!  

July 30: Art

Get ready to let your imagination run wild as you find your inner Leonardo da Vinci.  

  • add your own creative touch to our Mona Lisa mural
  • create your own sketchbook and fill it with ideas, just like Leonardo
  • chalk up a masterpiece or design your own renaissance hat

And that’s just the tip of the paintbrush!

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

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 Misty Welch! We pulled her name out of a hat from among the MANY correct answerz we had. She correctly guessed that the picture in our June e-newsletter was of one end of one of the sound tubes in the Sound room. Many people had the correct answer! Thanks to everyone who played. Hopefully, this month's picture is more challenging!

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

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The Store continues to have Leonardo merchandise! Among the fun items we've got are:

  • T-shirts for adults and kids
  • fun jewelry
  • flip books with a smiling Mona Lisa and a Vitruvian man pumping iron
  • 4 different woodkits (we just reordered for the 3rd time)
  • Mona Lisa clock
  • books about Leonardo. We have to keep re-ordering these because they're flying off the shelves like ping pong balls out of a catapult!
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free sunday - july 5

Our next free Sunday is sponsored by the Braces by Dr. Lisa Kerns. It will be July 5 from 1 to 5pm. If you know someone who's never been, please let them know.

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

August 2: Free Sunday sponsored by U Monthly Magazine

August 8: Best of da Vinci Days