Only a few weeks remain before the country’s largest Maya exhibition makes its Dallas departure. Closing Sept. 4, Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science explores a lost civilization and its fascinating secrets. Presented by Highland Capital Management, the popular bilingual exhibition features nearly 250 authentic artifacts and dozens of immersive environments that bring to light the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which today has millions of living descendants. Plus, guests can take advantage of extended summer hours and a number of special discounts and free admission offers available through Sept. 4 (details below).
“This is your last chance to be an archaeologist for a day and dig in to the intricacies, intrigue and mystery of the fascinating Maya civilization,” said Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver, the Eugene McDermott chief executive officer of the Perot Museum. “There’s so much to see and do – from learning the complexities of their culture and scientific advances, to exploring their elaborate tombs, towering temples, human sacrifice and even one of the earliest known team sports.”
Visitors will learn what archaeologists have uncovered about the ancient Maya and the unresolved questions about why these ancient cities declined so rapidly. Through hands-on activity stations, guests can decipher hieroglyphs, decode the Maya calendar, build corbeled arches, and explore an underworld cave, ancient burial site, mural room and more.
Over a thousand years ago, the Maya built elaborate cities without the use of the wheel, communicated using a sophisticated written language, measured time accurately with detailed calendar systems, had an advanced understanding of astronomy and agriculture, and were believed to create the first team sport in human history.
Guests can create, hear and print out their own Maya name, find their birthday on a Maya calendar and explore Maya architecture – from its awe-inspiring temples and elaborate friezes, to the simple homes of the common people. Highlights include several replica large-scale carved monuments, or stelae, that were erected in the great plazas of Maya cities; a re-creation of the elaborate royal tomb of the Great Scrolled Skull in Santa Rita Corozal, a Maya site in Belize; a model neighborhood that shows how the Maya lived – from kings to common households; and more. In addition, guests can explore the concepts of ritual and human sacrifice that allowed the Maya to transcend the earthly world and speak with the gods of the underworld.
SUMMER HOURS. Through Sept. 4, the Perot Museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Members enjoy exclusive access to the Perot Museum and Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed from 9-10 a.m. every Saturday and 10-11 a.m. every Sunday. IMPORTANT: The Museum will close Sept. 5-7 for annual maintenance. Regular hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Friday, Sept. 8.
TICKETS. Museum general admission is $20 for adults (18-64), $13 for youth (2-17), $14 for seniors (65+) and free for children under 2. For a limited time, save $2 on general admission by reserving tickets online. Museum general admission is free for members. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed requires asurcharge of $10 for adults (18-64), $8 for youth (2-17), $8 for seniors (65+), and free for children under 2. Member tickets are $5 for all ages.
Last-chance summer discounts. It’s also the final weeks to enjoy big summer discounts including complimentary general admission for active duty members and veterans of the United States military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics/EMTs and $3 off general admission for members of their immediate families (up to six family members) through Labor Day (Sept. 4).
Also through Sept. 4, the Perot Museum’s Community Partners Ticket Offer provides $1 general admission and $1 admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed for individuals and families enrolled in qualified state and federally supported assistance programs. The offer is valid for up to seven immediate family members.
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For parking information and other details, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.
About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victory Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability. To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org