the "Maya" exhibition

takes place under the patronage of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, and Mr. Álvaro Colom Caballeros, President of the Republic of Guatemala

the exhibition is supported by


from dawn to dusk, National collections of Guatemala

 - Click to enlarge, open in a new window

From Tuesday 6th June to Sunday 2nd October 2011

  • East Mezzanine
  • Collections ticket 8.50€ full price and 6€ reduced price


  • Juan-Carlos Melendez, director of the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala City

Scientific advisor

  • Richard Hansen, archaeologist

the exhibition

Through the presentation of over 160 exceptional objects belonging to the National Heritage of Guatemala – painted ceramics, steles, cut semiprecious stones, funerary objects, architectural remains, ornaments, etc. – the exhibition retraces the development of the Maya civilization, its rise and decline before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1524 C.E., with a chronological visit distinguishing the pre-classical, classical, and post-classical periods.

In order to present the public with a wider and more complex understanding of Maya culture, the chosen objects come from three large regions of Guatemala: the highlands, the lowlands, and the Pacific coast.

The exhibition also presents the discoveries made at multiple, recently studied sites, such as El Mirador, at the head of a group of five sites selected in 2002 by the Guatemalan government for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. This latest research enables the visitor to be presented with a fuller and more complex understanding of Maya culture. The exhibition ends with a contemporary section that integrates multimedia and photographs. This gives a broader view of ancient and contemporary Maya culture, and creates a link between past and present.

Related events

Narrated visits, guided tours, workshops and publications: Find out more about the events related to the Maya exhibition 

exhibition media partners