Maya 2012 and Gems of the Medici Exhibit Visit for Two or Four at Houston Museum of Natural Science (Up to 54% Off)

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Explore the Mayans’ complex Stone Age society through the lens of their foreboding timekeeping; see antiquities from the Medici collections

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Expires Mar 31st, 2013. Limit 8 per person, may buy multiple additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must redeem tickets in full by 03/31/2013. Not valid for special events outside normal business hours. Not valid with other offers. Only valid at listed location. Valid for same-day access to permanent exhibit hall. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Two intriguing pieces of human history take up residence among the museum’s dinos and wildlife. Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History unpacks the anthropological truth behind the oft-circulated claim that the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on December 21 of this year. In an exhibit created with help from the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología of Guatemala, visitors can explore Mayan modes of timekeeping, astronomy, construction, and artistry while they assess for themselves how close they are to their doom.

Gems of the Medici fast-forwards several millennia to Renaissance Florence, where the powerful Medici family established their stronghold on the region and financed and purchased some of the loveliest works of European art. The exhibit will display both precious gold and silver pieces from their own era and antiquities they preserved from ancient Rome.

Through March 31, groups can enter the exhibits every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children younger than age 2 get in free.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Seven days a week, the Houston Museum of Natural Science cultivates knowledge with interactive exhibits that shuttle minds into such far-flung realms as tropical rainforests and outer space. Permanent exhibits house everything from the skeletons of brachiosauruses in the recently expanded Hall of Paleontology to a diverse set of artifacts spanning 6,000 years of history in the Hall Of Ancient Egypt. Housed inside three stories of glass, the museum's Butterfly Center teems with more than 1,500 winged wonders from around the globe, which frolic around a 50-foot waterfall, flutter through exotic plants, and—most amazingly—pull nickels from behind children’s ears. Visitors can also gaze skyward in the Burke Baker Planetarium, which casts more than 10 daily shows with curve-mirror projection technology. Eyes marvel at the planetarium's 30'x18' full-dome digital theater, capable of transporting families to the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle or to the nougat-flavored center of a black hole.

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