Uncover Secrets of the Maya at South Carolina State Museum
Posted 12/17/2012 4:49:00 PM
You and your family can discover the secrets of the Mayan culture at the new exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum
The exhibit spans the Mayan culture from 2000 B.C. to the present, and tells the story of a people that created such things as monumental pyramids, a 365-day calendar, a base-20 numbering system, and a series of hieroglyphics that recorded numbers as well as dates of important religious festivals, plantings and harvests. There are more than 200 pieces in the exhibit including 125 artifacts, photos, baskets, masks, a variety of textiles and glyphs. There are elaborately decorated plates, bowls and pottery, stone spear points and knife blades, a replica of a corn grinding stone, shell necklaces, greenstone and jadeite, a large jaguar effigy cache vessel, a large variety of ocarinas (flute-like instruments shaped like a variety of people and animals), and the story of the discovery and restoration of the Temple of the Warriors.
You’ll see building and landscape photographs, a life-size hut façade and a corbelled arch as well as actual casts of large stone artwork. You’ll not only get a glimpse into the culture, you’ll learn about the current efforts to rebuild and restore the Mayan monuments and temples.
Children will enjoy the Central American animal puppets and a small puppet theater, plus a table where they can model things out of clay. Also, don’t miss the films on the Maya, which play at scheduled times in the museum’s auditorium. You can check the website
for specific dates and times or for more information.
Admission to Secrets of the Maya is $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $12 for ages 3-12, and includes general museum admission. Museum member prices are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for ages 3-12. The exhibit runs through June 9.