Encounters with the Maya
Featuring the Mystery of the Mayan Medallion and Painted Metaphors
June 23, 2012 - September 23, 2012
Discover the secrets of the Maya with Mayborn Museum Complex this summer as we combine two exhibits that explore Maya culture.
The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
An archeological team has mysteriously disappeared from a dig site in Palenque, Mexico. They had been investigating a long-standing rumor that a priceless jade medallion is buried in the temple there. However, something horrifying has scared them off. Luckily, in their haste to escape, they managed to leave behind a video with clues and a warning to all who come after.
Museum visitors must uncover the mystery of the dig site and find the priceless treasure.
The great Maya creation story, the Popol Vuh, sanctified the mountains, caves, and rivers of the Alta Verapaz of today's Guatemala. The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's collection of Chamá vessels shows how objects reflect cultural shifts and how people cope with change. Nineteen Chamá polychrome ceramics are accompanied by more than 100 objects illustrating Maya daily life, religious ritual, and shifts in ruler ship. This is a traveling exhibit of unsurpassed beauty and archaeological significance.
Encounters with the Maya Special Events
Special activities related to this summer's exhibit will be offered from 1:00pm-3:00pm on July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1.
Join in the fun at the Mayborn Museum this summer and discover how the Ancient Maya culture has influenced our world today. This ancient civilization left many secrets to decode and mysteries to solve. The Maya was a complex society that mastered intricate systems of writing, math, calendars and astronomy. This summer explore the magic and mysteries of this amazing civilization. Learn about the wide variety of animals in the Rain Forests. Find out why chocolate was so essential to the Maya culture. Music and dance was also a vital part of their society. Engage in the many activities offered on
Wednesdays that will provide an enhanced understanding of how the Maya lived.
- Wednesday July 11th
The Sounds and Colors of Life
Observe a pottery demonstration and create your own medallion with help from Practically Pikasso. Learn about musical instruments from the Maya culture and play a few notes of your own.
- Wednesday July 18th
Maya: Fun and Yum
Learn to play the first team sport, the Mesoamerican ballgame. Delight your taste buds with different types of chocolate and learn the influence of the Ancient Maya calendar on today's world.
- Wednesday July 26th
Maya: Living in a Rainforest
Enjoy a live presentation of several rain forest animals from the Cameron Park Zoo as well as other activities throughout the building.
- Wednesday August 1st
The popular performance by Grupo Pakal, Maya Performing Arts will return. Join us in the rotunda for live interactive performances of Maya dance and a Mesoamerican ballgame. Performances are followed by photo opportunity with the artists.
Free Sunday Program
Our Free Sunday Program continues on July 1, 2012 thanks to the support of our sponsor
Greg May Honda (Waco) & Chevrolet (West).
Baylor University's Mayborn Museum would like
M. Lipsitz and Company, Ltd. for
sponsoring June's Free Sunday.
Join us as we welcome everyone to the museum with no admission charge.
Stock up on your Maya goods before it is too late! Our museum store is celebrating Mesoamerica during 2012 in honor our summer exhibit, Encounters with the Maya.
We are fully stocked with goods that will help you explore Central American culture, past and present.
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