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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Building the Exhibition

conservatorWith a staff of professional designers, developers and builders, the Science Museum has a long history of producing award-winning exhibitions for museums across the country. With nearly 60 team members playing a role in creating Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the coordination required is staggering. Here are just a few of the many, many pieces of the exhibit creation puzzle:

TOPIC TESTING
Frequently, we ask our visitors to share their interest levels in exhibit topics. Maya has consistently tested well.

MAKING PARTNERSHIPS
Our team reached out to expert scientists and researchers throughout the U.S. and Central America, as well as to other museums that could share in the development and bring the exhibition to their audiences.

TRAVEL
We traveled to Central America to visit the archaeological sites and museums where incredible research on the Maya is taking place.

STORYLINE DEVELOPMENT
How will we tell the story of the Maya? What threads will weave the story together? We put our heads together and identified our storyline, then did significant research, selected artifacts, and developed hands-on activities to support it.

floor modelDESIGNING THE SPACE
Exhibition developers and designers are experts at imagining the visitor experience and plotting the path they'll take. They create a layout and envision immersive experiences that make it memorable.

DEVELOPING HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES
One of our trademark exhibition strategies is creating hands-on learning opportunities. Our developers and builders come up with ideas, build them, test them, modify them, and re-build them until they are ready to be played with by hundreds of thousands of visitors. In Maya, visitors will explore architecture by building corbeled arches, translate their birthdays into ancient Maya glyphs, and much more.

BUILDING LARGE-SCALE PIECES
Maya features stunning re-creations of notable pieces of the art and architecture of the Maya cities in Belize, Honduras, and Mexico. We have created a spectacular portion of an enormous stucco frieze from the El Castillo temple at Xunantunich, Belize, for example.

preparing the galleryPREPARING THE GALLERY
Our conservators completed hundreds of artifact condition reports, built custom mounts to hold them securely, and developed a plan to care for them while they're on display. The installation crew painted the walls and installed lighting, artifacts and large-scale graphics, and much more.

TRAINING STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS
A big part of your exhibition experience depends on the people you encounter in the gallery. Our program managers develop demonstrations and activities and make sure those inside the gallery are equipped with a wealth of knowledge.