Senior Vice President for Marketing Strategy and Communications Todd Sperry give us an inside look at the Museum of Science’s latest exhibit, Da Vinci—The Genius, and more
Years before he became Senior Vice President for Marketing Strategy and Communications, Todd Sperry was already a big fan of the Museum of Science. “I’ve been here a million times as a visitor,” he says.
The current exhibition, Da Vinci—The Genius, is a prime example of the Museum of Science’s broad appeal. “People don’t expect [Leonardo] da Vinci to be in a science museum immediately,” says Sperry, yet “as a true renaissance man, he was an artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, inventor and visionary who was hundreds of years ahead of his time.” The exhibit includes life-size recreations of his pioneering designs from the 15th century, which include first concepts for everything from a helicopter to a bicycle. The science of Leonardo’s art is on display, too. “The exhibit digs deep into the Mona Lisa through multispectral layer analysis and…shines new light on a masterpiece that we all know.”
Da Vinci—The Genius joins other excellent exhibits, like the perennially popular lightning show in the Theater of Electricity. Looking for a holiday treat for the kids? The Polar Express comes alive at the Museum of Science this season, thanks to the museum’s multisensory screenings. Even lifelong Bostonians who have visited the museum many times before will be impressed by recently opened spaces. One of Sperry’s personal favorites, the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, is a new permanent feature that explores the combined engineered and natural worlds that make up the Charles River.
Another longtime Museum of Science fan is philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, who visited the museum often as a child and recently donated $50 million to the Museum of Sciences’ Education Department. “Here is someone who…credits the museum with setting the stage for what he has accomplished,” says Sperry. “Because this gift went to education, it was directly involved in ensuring that the next generation of critical thinkers can benefit from the same thing. There is no better endorsement, and it means the world to our educators and our staff.”
As Sperry explains, “This region is at the forefront of thinking in so many subjects, whether they are science, technology, culture or the arts.…The museum is perfectly suited at that intersection and is a place to come and get inspired!”