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Educator Overview
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
Opens Sunday, October 12
Give your students a chance to experience a world-class exhibition and rediscover a
lost civilization. Encounter the richness of Maya culture by investigating authentic artifacts
and examining centuries-old traditions. Stand next to life-size re-creations of Classic
Maya architecture and explore the hidden worlds of the Maya—past and present.
Your students will have the opportunity to:
• Engage in hands-on activities such as building arches, deciphering hieroglyphs,
translating a Maya calendar, and more.
• Understand that contemporary Maya people maintain many cultural practices and
beliefs that link them to their ancestors.
• Take part in the process of discovery to learn how archaeologists use science, technology,
and contemporary Maya voices to interpret the past.
• Find evidence that shows the relationship between writing, mathematics, astronomy,
architecture, urban planning, and the sophisticated worldview of the Maya.
Plan Your Field Trip Today
• Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the Mystery of the Maya IMAX® film, and the Tales of
the Maya Skies Planetarium show provide your students with authentic experiences,
once-in-a-lifetime access to real Maya artifacts, and memorable learning opportunities
that are connected to your curriculum.
• Field trips offer affordable, unforgettable experiences with our subsidized school rates.
• During October 2014 and January 2015, a discounted Exhibit Halls admission fee will be
available to schools with 35% or higher free and reduced lunch program participation.
To find out if your school qualifies for any scholarships, call 617-723-2500.
• The Community Access Program (CAP) provides free or discounted admission to the
Exhibit Halls, IMAX® films, and Planetarium shows to eligible out-of-school programs and
other nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit
• Our friendly staff can answer your questions and guide you through the reservation
process. Call 617-723-2500 for assistance.
• Need help connecting Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed to your curriculum? Our Museum
educators are happy to help you create a field trip with a field trip planning session:
Ticket Price for Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
$4 add-on for schools
Must be purchased with school Exhibit Halls admission.
Book your trip today with one of our reservation specialists!
Call 617-723-2500 to secure your preferred date and time.
Photos © Denver Museum of Nature & Science/Rick Wicke
Mystery of the Maya
Opens Sunday, October 12
in the Mugar Omni Theater
Deep within the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala,
and the Yucatan Peninsula lie the fabled
pyramids, temples, and palaces of the Maya.
Without the advantage of metal tools, beasts
of burden, or even the wheel, the Maya were
able to construct vast cities with an amazing
degree of architectural perfection and variety.
Filmed on location at numerous sacred sites
throughout Central America, Mystery of the
Maya explores the culture, science, and history
of this most amazing civilization.
Tales of the Maya Skies
Opens Saturday, October 11 in the
Charles Hayden Planetarium
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the “seventh
wonder of the modern world,” Mexico’s Chichén
Itzá. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new
digital full-dome planetarium show produced by
Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by
Grammy Award winner and Oscar nominee Lila
Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports you
to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich
history and culture of the ancient Maya.
Maya: Hidden Worlds
Revealed Teacher Workshop
Saturday, October 18 and
Saturday, January 10
Join Museum educators to begin planning
a field trip to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.
Preview the exhibition and learn about
related Museum resources that will
support your curriculum goals.
Capacity: 30. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For
updates and registration:
Classroom Connections
Teachers can use student experience in Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed to support student learning in a variety of academic
disciplines: science and engineering, archaeology, geography, politics, economics, world history, language, writing, art, and more.
Below you will find examples of themes that support and reinforce classroom work in the Massachusetts History and Social Studies
Curriculum Framework Connections. Additional standards connections can be found in the full Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed
educator guide (available Fall 2014), at, or by contacting the Educator Resource Center at 617-589-0172.
GRADES 8 – 12
History and Geography
History, Geography, and Economics
World History I: The Origins of European Western Expansion and
the Civilizations of Central and South America
4.23 On a map of North America, locate Mexico and its major cities.
4.24 Describe the climate, major physical characteristics, and major
natural resources of Mexico and explain their relationship to the
Mexican economy.
4.25 Identify the language, major religion, and peoples of Mexico.
History, Geography, and Economics
Pre-Columbian Civilizations of the New World and European
Exploration, Colonization, and Settlement to 1700
WHI.12 Explain why European nations sent explorers westward and
how overseas expansion led to the growth of commerce and the
development of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
WHI.13 Identify the three major pre-Columbian civilizations that
existed in Central and South America (Maya, Aztec, and Inca) and
their locations. Describe their political structures, religious practices,
economies, art and architecture, and use of slaves.
WHI.14 Identify the major economic, political, and social effects of
the European colonial period in South America.
5.2 Identify the three major pre-Columbian civilizations that existed
in Central and South America (Maya, Aztec, and Inca) and their
locations. Describe their political structures, religious practices,
and use of slaves.
Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Produced by the Science Museum of
Minnesota in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, San Diego Natural History Museum, and Museum of Science, Boston.
Photos © Denver Museum of Nature & Science/Rick Wicker; © Treleven Photography; © Irafael/
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