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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

November 10, 2018 to May 27, 2019

A Mayan stone carving.

This exhibit is now closed. See current exhibits.

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In Maya, you will discover what archaeologists know about the ancient Maya and the unresolved questions they continue to investigate. Ancient Maya civilization was advanced, complex, known for monumental architecture and distinctive art styles, deep knowledge of astronomy and time-reckoning, and some of the most sophisticated writing systems in the ancient world. Although much is known about the Maya elite and their complex political systems lead by royal dynasties , information about their working classes is less accessible. Recent archaeological discoveries have begun to shed more light on everyday domestic life and the relationships of non-elites to the ruling class.

Maya explores the fascinating social, natural, and spiritual realms of the ancient Maya through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the lesser-known people who were the backbone of Maya society. The exhibit features immersive environments, authentic artifacts, and hands-on activities that tell the story of the ancient Maya and their modern descendants.

The exhibition is 100% bilingual in English and Spanish. 

You can also meet Maya Artists in Residence throughout the run of Maya at NHMU.  

Exhibit created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Museum of Science, Boston.


Major Sponsor
Meldrum Foundation

Exhibit Sponsors
Emma Eccles Jones Foundation
The Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation

Community Sponsors
Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kent C. and Martha H. DiFiore Family Foundation
Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation
Marriner S. Eccles Foundation
Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Supporting Partner
Millcreek Cacao Roasters