The exhibit design features the civilization’s iconic stepped pyramids and hieroglyphs carved into massive stone slabs.
“Discoveries of the last 20 years have transformed our understanding of the people and why the great Maya cities were abandoned in the heart of Central America,” Dave Duszynski, president of Mercury Museum Services, a subsidiary of Cincinnati Museum Center, said in a release. “Never before has such a spectacular set of Maya artifacts traveled to North America. We are thankful that Guatemala is sharing these amazing national treasures with Cincinnati.”
Two new exhibits — “Shaping Our City” and “You Are Here” — will take permanent space as the museum reopens.
“Shaping Our City” explores how rivers, rails and roads have shaped and defined the region over the centuries. The exhibit also addresses the complex ways in which transportation has also divided the city and its people.
“You Are Here” shares stories of Cincinnati’s people, places, traditions and struggles and the way they combine to define the city. The exhibit is centered on three themes: Living Here, Working Here and Playing Here. Cincinnati’s rich food scene, sports history and vibrant arts and culture shine alongside public-submitted family photos and home videos.
Maya: The Exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center explores the Maya civilization. For the first time in the United States, the mysteries of the Maya come to life. With over 300 artifacts, discover how the Maya live on today â in their inventions that continue to shape our daily lives and in the millions who carry on the Maya tradition in language and lineage. ROYAL BC MUSEUM
Visitors will once again be able to wander through “Dinosaur Hall” featuring six giant dinosaur specimens including a 60-foot-tall Galeamopus pabsti.
Two films, “Superpower Dogs” and “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition” are playing in OMNIMAX Theatre and An Unfinished Revolution: Women and the Vote commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
The theater will reopen with limited seating capacity. Extra time between shows will allow staff time to thoroughly clean between seatings. Daily showtimes are 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Cincinnati Museum Center will reopen July 17. Dinosaur Hall is one of the exhibits popular among visitors. CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER
To ensure social distancing the museum will have timed tickets for general admission, “Maya: The Exhibition” and the OMNIMAX Theater. Both Members and guests will need timed tickets for entry. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to ensure they can enter at their preferred time.
All of the museum staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks and they ask guests to do the same.
More information about safety, hours and admission can be found on the museum website.