Have you been to the El Paso Museum of History to see the Da Vinci Experience yet? I was fortunate to take advantage of the half price admission this past weekend. I had been excited to see this exhibit, but was a little wary of paying the $14 admission price. I'm so glad that I went, because it was definitely worth it! Also, please note that the museum does not usually charge , but needed to do so in order to cover the expense. Other areas of the museum are free to visit during the exhibit as well.
The exhibit contains over 60 machines that Da Vinci designed, as well as replicas of his paintings. The machines are divided into several rooms by military, mechanical devices, transportation, and art. Wooden models of his machines are on display and some are even hands-on. It was truly fascinating to see the beginnings of machines that we rely upon today. I was really surprised to learn that Da Vinci had worked as a military engineer for the Duke of Milan designing war crafts and weaponry. It was also nice to see children interacting with the exhibits and trying to figure out how they work.
If you haven't been to the exhibit or you now have Da Vinci fever, then I hope you will join us this Saturday for a special program. It is part of our children's summer reading club, but all ages are welcome. Curator, Susan Taylor will teach everyone about Da Vinci, followed by some hands-on activities.
Saturday, June 19 @ 1 p.m.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
There is a lot going on this Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the Dorris Van Doren Regional Branch! Most of the programs are for all ages, and all of them are free.
- Summer Reading Club Registration for children & teens All day
- Yarn Addicts (Knitting & Crocheting Group) @ 10 a.m.
- Magician Randy Collins @ 1 p.m.
- Violin Concert w/Melissa Condie @ 2:30 p.m.
- Movie Matinee @ 3 p.m.