Secrets of the Maya

About the Exhibition


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Secrets of the Maya unearths the mysteries of the Maya from 2000 B.C. to the present with more than 125 artifacts on display, a photography gallery, reproductions of stone carvings, hands-on activities for kids, objects from contemporary Maya culture and much more!


Secrets of the Maya will unfold through several distinct sections:

Art of Sky, Art of Earth will show, through more than 100 artifacts, the structure of the Maya cosmos – the harmonious and orderly universe – through images on art and artifacts.
Temple of the Warriors: Rebuilding a Maya Monument explores the four-year effort, beginning in 1924, to restore the majestic Temple of the Warriors in the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico.
Images of the Maya showcases Jeffrey J. Foxx's award winning photographs providing a rich visual portrayal of the Maya living in Chiapas, Mexico.

Plus additional artifacts on loan from the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.

Realistic reproductions will show museum guests:
• A life size recreation of an ancient Maya hut facade.
• Rubbings from Maya temples.
• Murals of temples, the ancient Maya landscape and contemporary Maya culture.
• A Maya altar cast and other relief sculpture casts.

The exhibit also contains hands-on features such as:
• Children's clay area with samples of Maya pottery.
• Maya jungle puppets.




Secrets of the Maya was organized and developed by the South Carolina State Museum in conjunction with the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the Florida Museum of Natural History,  the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.








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