The Maya of Today

When nineteenth-century explorers first visited Maya ruins, they wondered why the cities had been abandoned, and what had become of the residents. Why the people left over a thousand years ago, remains a mystery to this day. But as the exhibition reveals, we are now certain of one thing: the Maya people survived.

Their many spoken languages, ritual calendar, and physical appearance have been passed down through the generations. Today, the legacy of the ancient Maya endures, not only in the jungle ruins, but in the lives and culture of their descendants living today in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.