The mystery of the royal cities

October 2, 2016 to April 23, 2017

Since the discovery of its ruins, the downfall of the high Mayan culture and its literal "sinking" into its environment, has posed a mystery to scientists. However, recent research in the last decades has proven successful in slowly decrypting the hieroglyphic system of writing.

In close cooperation with the University of Bonn, the Historical Museum of the Palatinate is proud to present the exhibition "MAYA - the mystery of the royal cities". Starting on the 2nd of October 2016, and spread out over a surface of approximately 1,000 square meters, this exhibition will present the newest findings in Maya research. Around 250 high-quality artifacts from Central American museums and institutions, as well as interactive installations will provide a spectacular survey of the culture and history of the Maya, from its flourishing to its demise. A virtual reconstruction of the Maya city of Uxul will grant the visitor a fascinating insight into the world of the Maya.

For the first time, an exhibition will devote significant attention to the complexities concerning city planning in the rain forest environment, exploring the relationship between human and nature in detail. 

Mosaik in Form des Totengottes (600–800 n. Chr.). Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, Guatemala
Foto: Historisches Museum der Pfalz/Ricky López Bruni
Maya Mosaik
Grafik von Michael Ruppel
Angebot für Familien Mayaausstellung

The exhibition is being prepared under the aegis of the Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and is part of a year-long federal program devoted to Mexico in 2016/2017. The exhibition's audio guide is also available in an English language version, and calculated into the price of admission.

Vorschau der Sonderausstellungen - Maya

Guided Tours

Public Guided Tours

MAYA: The Riddle of the Royal Cities

October 9, 2016 to April 23, 2017, Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., registration not required

Length: 1 hour