Last week I told you about our visit to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. We had no idea that when we got our tickets for that museum, that another museum was included in the admission price. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is attached to the natural history museum on the 3rd floor, so you can walk right into the second museum after you are done with all the fun stuff in the The Museum of Natural History.
Because we were limited on time the day we were there, we only got to see one floor of the Peabody Museum. There are three floors, so I think another visit is in order soon. The day we were there, we got to learn a little bit about the history of Latin America. The first exhibit that we came to was called Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas.
Storied Walls: Murals of the Americas explores the spectacular wall paintings from the Maya murals of San Bartolo and Bonampak in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively; and the Moche huacas of northern Peru. The artists and artisans who adorned these walls left stunning visual accounts of some of the most significant and enduring stories of their times—stories that insist upon being read, even now, centuries after their creation.
The original art works remain for the most part in situ. Storied Walls uses the photographs and drawings of archaeologists, models, and fragments of original murals to examine the meanings and social uses of murals within the Maya, and Moche cultures; the history of their discoveries and investigations by affiliates of the Peabody Museum and others; and ongoing efforts to preserve and restore these fragile painted surfaces.
Here are a few of the pictures I took of the items on display:
The second exhibit we got a chance to check out was called Encounters with the Americas.
Encounters with the Americas explores the native cultures of Latin America before and after 1492, when the first voyage of Christopher Columbus initiated dramatic worldwide changes.Encounters considers sixteenth-century native responses to military and religious missions, the introduction of new plants and animals, and the tragic toll of new diseases.
Exploring the unique, pre-1492 civilizations, exemplified by the Classic Maya and Postclassic Aztec, Encounters presents the continuing struggle of contemporary Maya, Panamanian Kuna, and Amazonian native groups to maintain their values and autonomy.
There were lots of artifacts on display:
They also had a replica of this altar:
Some amazing sculptures:
And all the information on the ways of life back then than we could ever want to know:
I wish we had more time to explore the museum & will definitely work it into our plans the next time we go.
The Peabody Museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, on the Harvard University campus. It is connected to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and one ticket admits a visitor to both museums.