Ancient Maya Live Again at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science



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Ancient Maya Live Again at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

DENVER, March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The largest

exhibition about the ancient Maya ever to be displayed in the United

States is running from February 14 to August 24, 2014 at the Denver

Museum of Nature & Science. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed uses a

combination of never-before-seen artifacts, hands-on activities and

immense walk-in environments to explore the rise, accomplishments and

eventual decline of the ancient cities of the Maya.

At their height, the Maya developed an incredible system of roads and

built huge cities filled with gigantic stone temples. They developed

astronomy, created one of the world's most accurate 365-day calendars,

conceived a new system of mathematics and invented a hieroglyphic form

of writing. They were even able to make rubber and invented one of the

world's first team sports -- a popular ball game that involved putting

a rubber ball through a ring. It was a game that could literally mean

life, or death, for the team players and the fans, as the losers were

often sacrificed.

Highlights of the exhibition include a colorful, full-scale frieze

that once surrounded the top of El Castillo pyramid at Xunantunich in

Belize. Visitors will be able to stand under a starry sky to learn

astronomy as the Maya did, or peek into a sacred cave that served as a

portal to the underworld. Interactive stations let you lift the heavy

rubber ball of Maya games, or take photos of yourself to see how you'd

look wearing the clothes and jewelry of Maya nobility.

The exhibition is the first in the new Anschutz Gallery, which is

located in the Museum's new 126,000 square foot addition, the

Morgridge Family Exploration Center. The Denver Museum of Nature &

Science is the fourth largest museum in the U.S., and has the most

paid memberships of any museum in the world.

HOTEL PACKAGES FOR MAYA

Some of downtown Denver's best hotels are offering great hotel

packages for Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed that include hotel stays and

amenities as well as two VIP tickets to the exhibition that allow

front-of-line access for the exhibition.

Grand Hyatt Denver - Package includes hotel stay, plus hotel valet

parking. Starting at $195.

Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center - Package

includes a visit to the hotel's Altitude Restaurant, where you'll

receive a complimentary bottle of Canvas wine with the purchase of two

dinner entrees. Starting at $195.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel - Package includes hotel stay and

parking. Starting at $181.

The Oxford Hotel - Package includes hotel stay, parking and a room

upgrade based on availability at the time of check-in. Starting at

$215.

Brown Palace Hotel & Spa - Package includes hotel stay, 10 percent off

in the DMNS gift shop and deli, plus in-room amenity.

All packages are based on availability and may not be combined with

other offers.

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About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating more than 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT

DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City

of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination,

increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and

generating taxes. A record 13.6 million visitors stayed overnight in

Denver in 2012, generating $3.6 billion in spending, while supporting

nearly 50,000 jobs, making Tourism the second largest industry in

Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at

TOURISMPAYSDENVER, on Twitter @visitdenver and the VISIT DENVER

Facebook page, or by phone at 800 2 DENVER.

With press or photo inquiries, please contact: Rich Grant: (303)

571-9450 or rgrant@visitdenver.com Debbie Park: (303) 571-9451 or

dpark@visitdenver.com Sarah Welch (303) 571-9418 or

swelch@visitdenver.com

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