from dawn to dusk, National collections of Guatemala
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
- Richard Hansen, archaeologist
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.
Narrated visits, guided tours, workshops and publications: Find out more about the events related to the Maya exhibition