"MAYA 2012" World Premiere Opening Weekend with His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 4:00pm
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, a world premiere exhibition, begins with fanfare, and an opening weekend celebration that features Maya music and dance, arts and crafts and cultural traditions from Mexico and Central America. On Saturday May 5, His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras, joins Penn Museum Director Richard Hodges to cut the ribbon and open the MAYA 2012 exhibition to the public at 10 AM. All celebration activities are open to the public with MAYA 2012 tickets or with general admission to the Penn Museum.

The weekend celebration is co-sponsored by the Mexican Cultural Center.

Other opening weekend events include:

  • Alfombra de Aserrin -- Traditional Maya weavers practice their craft in the galleries throughout the day. Additionally, they create “Alfombras de Aserrin,” carpets made with colored sawdust; this Guatemalan tradition dates back to the Maya, who made them with flowers for kings to walk on (10 AM - 4 PM)
  • Painting Workshop -- Local artists Cesar Viveros and Ana Palma lead guests of all ages in a large-scale painting workshop, incorporating traditional Maya designs (11 AM - 2 PM)
  • Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels -- Squawk with macaws and other animals from Central America, who visit from GPA Member organization, The Philadelphia Zoo (1 PM - 3 PM)
  • Maya Dance and Ceremonial Traditions -- Grupo AWAL from Concepcion Chiquirichapa, Quezaltenango, Guatemala, present dances and ceremonies in the Maya Mam tradition. The group, residing in Arlington VA, seeks to share their Maya traditions with the greater regional community and instill pride and love for those traditions in the next generation of Maya in the United States (3 PM)
  • Crafts for the whole family (10 AM - 4 PM)

For more information about the MAYA 2012 exhibit, visit this page.


General admission timed tickets (includes admission to the rest of the Museum) for individuals
are available for purchase beginning February 1, 2012.

  • Adult: $22.50
  • Senior (65+) / Military: $18.50
  • Students (full-time with ID) / Children (6 to 17 years): $16.50

Special exhibition timed tickets may be purchased online or by phone: 1.888.695.0888.

Penn Museum Members receive complimentary tickets for "MAYA 2012: Lords of Time." For membership information please call (215) - 898 - 5093 or email [email protected].

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