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MAYA: HIDDEN WORLDS REVEALED WILL MAKE ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT THE SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA THIS SUMMER
A Science Museum of Minnesota original exhibition opens on June 21, 2013
Group tickets go on sale today
St. Paul, Minn. – 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 this mysterious and majestic ancient culture. Tickets for the exhibition go on sale for groups of 15 or more today. Public tickets will go on sale on June 12.
The ancient Maya have captured our imaginations since news of the discovery of ruined cities in the jungles of Central America was published in 1839. 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 will be the largest exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United States. It uses a combination of never‐before‐seen artifacts, immersive environments, multimedia components, and hands‐on activities to explore the rise and eventual decline of this fascinating culture's 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 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 ancient Maya culture.
Highlights of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed include:
Development of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is being led by the Science Museum of Minnesota in conjunction with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Museum of Science, Boston; and the San Diego Natural History Museum. After its run at the Science Museum of Minnesota, the exhibition will travel to Denver, Boston and San Diego.
For more details about the exhibition as the opening date approaches, visit www.smm.org/maya.
The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the nation's most prolific producers of original science exhibits. Drawing on research from the museum's own staff, Science Museum exhibit developers, designers, and technicians have created traveling exhibits that have been enjoyed by more than 35 million people worldwide. For information about planning a Science Museum visit, log on to www.smm.org.