MAYA: THE EXHIBITION
EXPLORE THE MYSTER OF THE MAYA
The Maya civilization is known for its ancient temples and glyphs. Its Maya script is the most sophisticated and highly developed writing system in the pre-Columbian Americas. It is also noted for its art, architecture, mathematics, calendar, and astronomical system.
The Mayan civilization comprised or modern day southeastern Mexico, all of Guatemala and Belize, and the western portions of Honduras and El Salvador. It included the northern lowlands of the Yucatán Peninsula and the highlands of the Sierra Madre, the Mexican state of Chiapas, southern Guatemala, El Salvador, and the southern lowlands of the Pacific littoral plain. Today, their descendants, known collectively as the Maya, number well over six million individuals, speak more than twenty-eight surviving Mayan languages, and reside in nearly the same area as their ancestors.lad
Currently, The California Science Center proudly presents Maya: The Exhibition, featuring over 250 authentic artifacts—many on tour outside of Guatemala for the first time—highlighting the ancient Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America.
Marvel at a majestic 9-foot-long sculpture of a jaguar warrior and gaze into a magnificent mask made of obsidian and jade. Through priceless artifacts and hands-on exhibits, discover how the ancient Maya built and sustained complex cities in the heart of the rainforest.
With roots extending back 3,000 years, learn how the Maya live on today—in their inventions that continue to shape our daily lives and the millions of people who carry on the Maya tradition in language and lineage.
"We are pleased to bring this extraordinary exhibition to Southern California and showcase the accomplishments of one of the world’s great civilizations,” says California Science Center President and CEO, Jeffrey N. Rudolph. “The Maya left behind intricate architecture, scientific innovations, and advancements in writing and astronomy that have had a tremendous impact on our modern world.”
To enhance your experience, check out the IMAX movie Mystery of the Maya and join an archaeologist and young Maya descendant as they unlock the secrets of the past.
A day’s visit to the Maya exhibit at The California Science Center of course includes access to all its other exhibits, including the very impressive Endeavor Experience, which includes the actual Space Shuttle Endeavor on display. But the Maya exhibit is alone worth the visit.
Adult combo tickets for both the Maya exhibition and IMAX movie are $27.95, with various discounts available. Exhibition-only tickets are $21.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 3 to 12. IMAX ticket prices range from $6.79 to $9.79 with additional discounts when purchasing both the exhibition and IMAX movie, and special discounts for Members and groups of 15 or more people. The exhibit is also available for evening private bookings.
Maya: The Exhibit will remain on display through January 15, 2024. Click here to purchase tickets. The California Science Center is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive. Open daily from 10am to 5pm.