Discovery Center Mayborn Museum Complex
June 2012
    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.

    Encounters with the Maya

    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. Encounters with the MayaLuckily, 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.

    Painted Metaphors

    Encounters with the MayaThe 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. Encounters with the MayaNineteen 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.




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    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
      EventObserve 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
      EventLearn 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
      EventEnjoy a live presentation of several rain forest animals from the Cameron Park Zoo as well as other activities throughout the building.





    • Wednesday August 1st
      Grupo Pakal
      EventThe 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 to thank
    M. Lipsitz and Company, Ltd. for sponsoring June's Free Sunday.

    Join us as we welcome everyone to the museum with no admission charge.





Museum Store

    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. Museum Store
    Museum Store We are fully stocked with goods that will help you explore Central American culture, past and present.




Stay Connected

    Facebook & Twitter
    Facebook & Twitter The Mayborn Museum is now on Facebook and Twitter. Fans and followers of the museum can participate in fun activities like Mystery Object Monday and Trivia Thursday. Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates...










School & Adult Groups
Spots are filling up fast! Call to schedule a tour or program for your student or adult group.

Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations or click here to view our brochure.

Birthday Parties
Celebrate your child's birthday with a party at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Please call 254-710-1834 to book your party today!

Click here to read more about our one-of-a-kind birthday parties.

Membership to the Mayborn Museum provides an entire year of learning and fun! Family memberships can be purchased for only $75.

Call Misty Thornton at 254-710-1180 or visit our website to make this valuable purchase online.

Make a Difference... Volunteer! Exciting new volunteer opportunities for youth and adults to engage, enjoy and explore.

Contact Becky Hansen at 254-710-4629 or visit the volunteer section of our website to learn more about ways you can help.

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