Now Closed | February 11–September 4, 2017
Uncover a world buried over time, in Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Explore the social, natural, and spiritual realms of the Maya – past and present – known for their monumental architecture, distinctive art, and intricate knowledge of astronomy and time.
Behold secrets that lay hidden for centuries as you journey through an underworld cave, excavate an ancient burial site, and encounter the richness of Maya culture through hands-on explorations such as building arches, deciphering hieroglyphs, translating the Maya calendar, and more!
This exhibit is available in English and Spanish.
The Maya built large cities out of stone — without the use of the wheel. You can experiment with building your own arches out of blocks and explore dozens of other hands-on activities that dig into Maya life during the Classic period.
Playing for Your Life
Today’s most popular games — including basketball and soccer — owe their origins to the Maya, inventors of the bouncing rubber ball. More than just a pastime, the Maya ball game put deep religious beliefs into action. You can experience for yourself the surprising weight of the Maya ball and delve deeper in to the history of the ancient Maya ballgame.
A Story in Pictures
More than a thousand years ago, Maya artists painted the walls of temples with vivid scenes of war, celebration, and life at court. See one of these magnificent friezes get “repainted” before your eyes in the vibrant colors it once displayed through the use of projection technology.
Histories in Stone
Deconstruct a king’s name at the Name Glyph Generator and hear the sounds that all the signs represent. Then create your own Maya name to print out and take home.
Charting the Heavens
For the Maya, the sun, moon, stars, and planets represented powerful gods who affected human destiny. Using interactive modern technology, you can uncover how the Maya recorded time and figure out how all of their calendar systems fit together.
Unlocking the Past
The ancient Maya world lay hidden for centuries. Today, scholars are revealing its secrets. Journey through a cave containing excavated items that tell the story of the Maya’s struggle to survive, and their understanding of life and rebirth.
How to Visit
General Public and Members
Reserve your tickets online, or in person at the box office! Admission is offered at 15-minute intervals and requires a general admission reservation. Become a member to take advantage of member benefits and discounts.
General admission discounts are available for eligible patrons at the box office. These include CityPASS holders, guest pass and voucher holders, educators, military, ASTC reciprocal admission, and more. Learn more about our discounts.
Bringing a Group?
We offer discounts for group registrations!
Are You an Educator?
Let us help you plan a field trip to bring your students to Maya, as well as our TEKS-aligned general exhibits. We offer a free Educator’s Guide and other materials to bring Maya into your classroom.