Posted on Thursday 8th October 2015
Uncover hidden treasures of an extraordinary civilisation
World Museum in Liverpool invites visitors to see the breathtaking exhibition, Mayas: revelation of an endless time, before it closes on 18 October 2015.
The exhibition looks back thousands of years to the Mesoamerican civilisation of the ancient Maya, and Liverpool is the only place to host it in the UK.
Since it opened in June this year, World Museum has welcomed more than 230,000 visitors to the free exhibition, and taken them on an illuminating journey to an age of majestic warriors, astronomy and learning, shamanic rituals and human sacrifice.
Visitors have found the exhibition moving and beautiful, with comments including:
Incredible and humbling exhibition on the Maya civilisation
The Mayas exhibition is just wonderful – it blew me away
Steve Judd, Director of World Museum said:
“It’s a great honour to have Mayas: revelation of an endless time in Liverpool. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the finest archaeological treasures from Mexico, don’t miss it!”
The ancient Maya kingdoms stretched from eastern Mexico to modern day Guatemala, Belize and into western Honduras and El Salvador, from 1000BC – AD 1542.
What made the ancient Mayas look to the stars? Why was their civilisation so powerful? How did they communicate? Find out the answers and other revealing facts in Mayas: revelation of an endless time.
Through 385 stunning objects from museums and historical sites in Mexico, the exhibition explores this extraordinary people whose culture is still alive today.
The Ambassador of Mexico, Diego Gomez-Pickering said:
“Undoubtedly this exhibition unveils mesmerizing details about the Mayan civilization, but also showcases to every visitor the value of Mexico’s history and the great diversity of its cultural routes.”
On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of music from the outstanding female mariachi band, Mariachi Las Adelitas. The Latin American group will be treating visitors to traditional mariachi classics, and some well- known modern hits!
There is still a chance to purchase beautiful Mexican jewellery, books and crafts in the Mayas: revelation of an endless time exhibition shop at World Museum and online.
Mayas: revelation of an endless time has been produced by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico. It is part of the 2015 Dual Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom in Mexico.
The World Cultures Gallery within World Museum contains stunning objects from our Americas collection, ranging from South America to the Arctic, with a large display of Mesoamerican archaeology.
To celebrate the Year of Mexico in the UK, World Museum is also displaying its Codex Fejérvary-Mayer, an exceptionally rare deer skin book from the Mixtec of central Mexico, for the duration of the Mayas: revelation of an endless time exhibition.
For more details on the exhibition, please visit: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mayas and mexicouk2015.mx/en/.
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About National Museums Liverpool
National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues, including some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic. We attract more than 2.7 million visitors every year. Our venues are the Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Border Force National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands on activities. Find out how humans have created the world we inhabit, from Africa to the Americas, Asia and Europe. Look out for the Ancient Egypt gallery where our collection is amongst the finest in Europe, bringing this age old civilisation to life. Discover the wonders of the natural world in the Clore Natural History Centre, packed full of mounted and preserved specimens of all types of animals, as well as rocks, minerals, fossils and plants. The Aquarium is home to fish from Australia to Anglesey, while an array of creepy crawlies live in the Bug House. Then, blast off on a spectacular journey through space and time as the universe unfolds around you in the Planetarium.
World Museum was short listed for the Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award in 2012 and winner of the Family Go Live! ‘Best day out for under 12s’ Award in 2014.