The Mayans were one of the most fascination civilizations that has ever existed, using advanced knowledge of mathematics and astronomy centuries before other peoples acquired similar skills.
This summer, the South Florida Museum will offer visitors a chance to learn more about the Mayan civilization with a new archaeology-themed exhibition.
"The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" opens today and runs through mid-September.
It's an interactive exhibition, and families will visit a simulated archaeological site where a modern-day team has mysteriously disappeared while investigating rumors of a priceless jade medallion buried in the ruins. Families will follow clues to locate the treasure -- but heed warnings to avoid the same fate as the original team.
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"The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion" exhibition is included in the price of museum admission, so you can visit Snooty, the shows at the Bishop Planetarium and the rest of museum for no extra charge.
Details: June 25-Sept. 13, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $19 adults, $17 seniors 65 and older, $14 children 4-12, free for children 3 and under. Information: 941-746-4131, southfloridamuseum.org.
-- Marty Clear