ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The ruined cities of the ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of their discovery in the jungles of Central America was published in the 1840s.
On Friday, June 21, the Science Museum of Minnesota will host the world premiere of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, a brand-new, original exhibition that sheds light on a mysterious and majestic ancient culture.
Extensive research has uncovered a culture with a sophisticated worldview that, during its Classic period (250-900 AD), rivaled any civilization in Europe.
At 15,000 square feet, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. It uses a combination of hundreds of authentic artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands-on activities to explore the rise and eventual decline of these fascinating ancient cities.
It is designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Maya life - from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. Visitors will see spectacular examples of Maya artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from everyday life.
They'll also get a close look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden Maya of the ancient past.
Also opening on Friday, June 21 is the Mystery of the Maya Omnitheater film. Capturing the vastness and grandeur of Maya civilization as only the Omnitheater can, Mystery of the Maya explores the culture, science and history of the Maya.
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