Don’t miss these wonderful exhibitions...
The Da Vinci Experience
Replicas and models of the mechanical devices designed and described by Leonardo da Vinci, along with reproductions of 12 of his most famous paintings, are now featured in The Da Vinci Experience at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
Sought after and appreciated as an artist at court, da Vinci was also concerned with scientific subjects, applying his knowledge of mechanics to military and civil engineering works and dedicating himself to the study of anatomy, biology, mathematics and physics. A group of Florentine artisans have spent the last half century studying the original notes and drawings of da Vinci's various projects, and have created this international exhibition of fully-functional and interactive models of da Vinci's creations.
The machines in the exhibition are organized around three themes: transportation, military and mechanical. There is a large, interactive educational area where everyone can test some of Leonardo's ideas. Each of the models in the exhibition were built according to da Vinci's notes and with the materials available in 15th century Italy. Eleven machines are full-sized and 25 are interactive. People of all ages will be delighted by the chance to manipulate these machines to see how they were intended to function. Each replica is displayed with a copy of the relevant da Vinci drawing.
The Museum recently added enormous, full-size Leonardo da Vinci recreations from the popular Discovery Channel Show, Doing DaVinci to the exhibition. Click here to find out more about this show and these machines!
For more information about the exhibition, see www.davinciexperience.info
To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA
Just before the first humans landed on the moon, Charlie Brown and Snoopy soared through space with NASA's Apollo 10 mission in May 1969. SDASM's exhibition To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA examines the history of Apollo 10 and the Peanuts characters' role in that flight and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program.
In To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA, visitors can see Snoopy's trip to the moon in the March 1969 Peanuts strip series (beating NASA's record by a few months!), learn about the NASA's Silver Snoopy Award program, and view a Silver Snoopy pin that was flown to the moon. The exhibit also contains a children's creative play space where children can dress up like an astronaut and have their photograph taken with a life-size Apollo 10 astronaut.
(To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA is included with regular admission to the Museum).
To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.