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  • Palenque Pyramid
    © Stephen Alvarez

    Experience Maya

    Explore the mysteries of the ruined cities of the ancient Maya.

    • Create your Mayan Name
    • Build a Traditional Maya Arch
    • Dress in Ancient Fashion
  • Mother and son exploring the bonampak mural room
    © Treleven Photography

    Unlock the Benefits of Membership

    Make exploration a regular part of your life, with an entire year of membership!

    • Special member-rate tickets to traveling exhibits, like Maya
    • FREE passes for IMAX films and Planetarium shows
    • FREE admission to the Exhibit Halls for 12 months!
  • Maya Altar
    © Treleven Photography

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    Special pricing for groups of 15 or more. Schools, colleges, and seniors with 9 or more.

  • Mother and children assembling Pottery
    © Treleven Photography

    Membership Means More Maya

    Uncover the treasures of the ancient Maya with exclusive member benefits.

    • Special member-rate tickets to traveling exhibits, like Maya
    • FREE passes for IMAX films and Planetarium shows
    • FREE admission to the Exhibit Halls for 12 months!
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    From divine kings to artisans to laborers, experience life for the Maya.


  • Father and son building an arch
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    Explore the Maya as a Member

    Discover thousands of years of history with a single year of membership!

    • Special member-rate tickets to traveling exhibits, like Maya
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ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America in the mid-19th century. Research has revealed a culture with a sophisticated worldview that, during its Classic period (250 – 900 AD), rivaled any European civilization. The Maya built elaborate cities without modern machinery or use of the wheel, communicated using one of the world's first written languages, measured time using complicated calendar systems, and had an advanced understanding of astronomy and agriculture.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the largest exhibition of its kind in the United States, invites you to uncover the rise and eventual decline of this majestic civilization — including its social, natural, and spiritual realms — through never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities, multimedia components, and re-created environments.

Experience a cross-section of Maya life, from divine kings to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of their society. And learn how the Maya people and their culture endure to this day.

SOBRE LA EXPOSICIÓN

Presented in English and Spanish.

Las ciudades en ruinas de los antiguos mayas tienen capturada nuestra imaginación desde la noticia de su descubrimiento en las selvas de América Central a mediados del siglo de 19. La investigación ha puesto de manifiesto una cultura con una visión del mundo sofisticado que, durante su periodo Clásico (250-900 DC), rivaliza cualquier civilización europea. Los mayas construyeron elaboradas ciudades sin maquinaria moderna o el uso de la rueda, se comunicaban utilizando una de las primeras lenguas escritas, podían medir el tiempo utilizando complicados sistemas de calendario, y tenían una avanzada comprensión de la astronomía y la agricultura.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, la más grande exposición de su tipo en los Estados Unidos, invita a descubrir el auge y declive final de este civilización majestuosa - incluyendo su valor social, natural, y reinos espirituales - a través de artefactos nunca antes vistas, actividades prácticas, componentes multimedia y entornos de re-creado.

Experiencia en su integridad la vida maya, desde reyes divinos a los artesanos y obreros que formaban la columna vertebral de su sociedad. Y aprender cómo los mayas y su cultura perdurar hasta nuestros días