Secrets of an ancient world await visitors to the Delaware Museum of Natural History this summer with Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, on exhibit now to September 3, 2018. Through immersive and interactive activities, visitors will discover Palenque, Mexico, where the Maya prospered for thousands of years, and—closer to present-day—where an archaeological team mysteriously disappeared from their dig site while investigating rumors of a priceless jade medallion buried in the ruins. Visitors can follow clues to locate the precious medallion, but must heed warning signs left by the archaeologists.
The ancient Maya lived in Mesoamerica, including southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador, for roughly 2500 years—ca.1000 BC to 1530 AD, with the height of the civilization from approximately 250-900 AD. They built a sophisticated civilization, with a complicated writing system, an elegant number system, and an amazingly accurate knowledge of astronomy. Visitors will explore the mystery and intrigue of the Mayan empire through archaeology, biology, and astromathematics field stations.
Mystery of the Mayan Medallion was developed by the Arkansas Discovery Network, a statewide museum partnership operated by the Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
WHAT: Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
WHERE: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807
DATE: June 23-September 3, 2018
TIME: Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-4:30 p.m.
ADMISSION: $9 for ages 3-59, $8 for seniors 60 and up, $3 for children 1-2 years old, free for babies under 12 months and DMNH Members.
MORE INFO: Visit delmnh.org or call (302) 658-9111
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