May 14-September 5
SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–They are one of the most sophisticated and powerful civilizations of all
time and now their story is coming to San Antonio in the largest
exhibition to be brought to a San Antonio museum in the city’s history.
Starting May 14 at the Witte Museum, archaeologists are sharing the
secrets about the Maya for the first time in a singular and
unforgettable museum experience. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
is the first exhibition at the Witte’s new Mays Family Center.
“The Witte is breaking the mold with the Mays Family Center, and it is
only fitting to have this world-class exhibition open San Antonio’s new
cultural gem,” says Marise McDermott, President and CEO of the Witte
Museum. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed beautifully represents the
impact the Maya had on the world we live in today. The exhibition is
immersive, so that entire families can experience the way Mayans lived,
learning their calendars, mathematics, and cosmology through interactive
opportunities. The exhibition is massive, the largest ever at the Witte,
so we recommend scheduling a longer than average time to enjoy the
exhibition, demonstrations and programs.”
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed brings together hundreds of
authentic artifacts displayed in more than a half-dozen immersive
environments. In this 10,000 square foot exhibit, visitors will have the
opportunity to learn how the Maya built their towering temples and
created their intricate calendar system. There are hands-on activity
stations where the whole family can build arches, decipher hieroglyphs
and learn drilling techniques. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses
a combination of authentic artifacts along with multimedia and
interactive, hands-on activities to reveal our deep ties to this
The exhibition was designed to give visitors a glimpse at a
cross-section of Maya life from divine kings who ruled powerful cities
to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. It
is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see spectacular examples of Maya
artistry made by masters of their craft, along with objects from
everyday life combined with a look at the scientific work being carried
out at key Maya sites across Central America and Mexico.
The Witte Museum has enhanced the Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
experience with gallery interactives and Gallery Theater performances
featuring Ixchel, the Maya goddess of fertility, motherhood and the
moon. Visitors will be able to follow Ixchel through the exhibit and
learn how the Maya charted and predicted astronomical phenomena.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opens on May 14 with a special
ceremony featuring Grupo Pakal, which will be celebrating the Maya
culture through ancient ceremonial dance rituals. Grupo Pakal will also
offer programming throughout the day for visitors of all ages.
Tickets are $8 Members, $10 Non-Members, plus General Admission. Tickets
are available for purchase at www.WitteMuseum.org
or by calling 210.357.1910.
For more information call 210.357.1900 or visit www.WitteMuseum.org.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is generously supported by the Orr
Family Foundation and the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and
Creative Development. The Mind of the Maya Series is presented by The
Orr Family Foundation.
About the Witte Museum
Founded in 1926, the Witte Museum is located on the banks of the San
Antonio River in Brackenridge Park and is San Antonio’s premier museum
promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibition, programs and
collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. The
Witte hosts an average of 350,000 visitors each year, of which over
150,000 are school-aged children and 80,000 are free of general
admission during weekly Free Tuesdays hours.
Katye Brought, 210-416-4026