Discovery Center Mayborn Museum Complex
September 2012
    Maya Lecture Series
    Join us as we explore the Maya culture through a short series of lectures.


    September 6, 2012

    "It's the End of the World as We Know it and I Feel Fine:" Maya 2012 Predictions Decoded
    Presented by Dr. Michael Callaghan, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Southern Methodist University.
    Lecture at 3:00pm and repeated at 6:00pm

    Maya Lecture Series
    Since the publication of a number of popular archaeology and New Age religious texts in the mid 1960s, the date of December 21, 2012 has increasingly become an important day in the collective consciousness of the western world. The significance of the day is said by many to rest on the importance given it by the ancient Maya of Mesoamerica who allegedly calculated it as the last day of one of their many calendrical systems. In this lecture we will learn about the ancient Maya of Mesoamerica, how the date of December 21, 2012 fits into the context of their many complicated calendrical systems and culture, and what (if anything) this date means for the future of the western world.


    September 13, 2012

    Maya Religion in the 21st Century
    Presented by Dr. Garrett Cook, Professor of Anthropology, Baylor University.

    Modern Maya religion is a hybrid of Catholicism and ancient Maya beliefs and rituals. Their ancient gods have been replaced with Spanish saints but the stories of these saints only slightly resemble those of their European counterparts. Dr. Cook will discuss how the Maya religious tradition is responding to the 21st Century.


    Maya Lecture Series

    The Dance of the Monkeys: A Video Documentary of a Maya Medicine Society
    Presented by Dr. Garrett Cook, Professor of Anthropology, Baylor University. 6:00pm

    Maya Lecture SeriesThe performance of the Monkey Dance combines a belief that supernatural powers are transmitted from the spirits of the monkey, jaguar, and cougar depicted in the dance. The dancers are thought to be possessed by those animals they are representing. This acrobatic performance is part of an eighteen-year commitment to a vow made to ancestors and patron saints. Dr. Cook will discuss the practice and show video clips from a performance of this dance.


    Lectures are free of charge and open to the public; however seating is limited. For more information call (254)710-7981.




    Encounters with the Maya Continues Through September 23


    Encounters with the Maya
    Featuring "Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" and "Painted Metaphors"

    June 23, 2012 - September 23, 2012

    Join Baylor University's Mayborn Museum for its final month of Encounter's with the Maya. Discover the secrets of the Ancient Maya before it is too late!
    Encounters with the Maya




    Web Quest to Learn More About Chocolate

    Did you know that the plant we get chocolate from grows in Central America? Test your knowledge about Maya and chocolate by exploring our web quest. Complete the web quest and you can receive a certificate naming you as an Official Mayborn Museum Maya Adventurer.

    Encounters with the Maya





Thank You to our Teen Volunteers

    Volunteers The Mayborn Museum would like to send a special thank you to all of our teen volunteers. Our youth volunteers donate thousands of hours each year helping the museum to provide the best possible experience for our visitors.

    Our teen volunteer program is for youth who have completed the 9th grade. We are a fun place to learn more about the museum, meet other teens, and interact with the public. VolunteersOpportunities for teen volunteers include summer group tour guide, discovery room monitor on Free Sundays, and assisting with activities on special event days.

    Interested in volunteering? Contact Becky Hansen.




Where Learning is Fun

    Teacher and homeschool parents book your educational program now.

    The Mayborn Museum is the perfect place for your school's field trip! The Mayborn Museum offers 1-2 hour(s) of programming, depending on the grade level and topic you choose for your group. All of our programs provide the opportunity to touch, explore, and investigate exhibits linked to natural science and cultural history.

    Programs are offered September 4, 2012 through May 31, 2013 (excluding weekends and holidays).To schedule a school program, please call 254-710-7526 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

    For more information, click here to download our brochure. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)


Special Events

    Free Sunday Program
    Our Free Sunday Program continues on September 2, 2012 thanks to the support of our sponsor Waco Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

    Baylor University's Mayborn Museum would like to thank
    Kohl's for sponsoring August's Free Sunday.

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





Museum Store

    Are you a Baylor Bear? Our museum store is stocked to help any bear look their best for the new semester and the new football season. Check out our green and gold jewelry, football helmets, flip-flops, and much more! Museum Store




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...



Coming Soon

    Autumn Celebration in the Historic Village
    October 27, 2012

    Join us in the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village for special events and activities relating to life in the 1890's. More details to follow in the next newsletter.








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.

Interested in bringing a group to the museum? Click here to see the various ways your group can visit.
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