Or maybe not. Depends on your perspective and how much you believe those who divine to foretell the future. Specifically, we are talking about the Maya and their prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012. You still have a few months of living to do, so why not learn more about this ancient civilization at the Penn Museum’s Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibit.
The Mayans must have been a punctual bunch, as this exhibition digs deep into their intricate calendar systems. It’s an interactive exhibition; you’ll walk among sculptures and around full-size replicas of some of their major monuments. Penn Museum archeologists have been working in Honduras, and you’ll get to see some of the fascinating artifacts they’ve recently uncovered as well. The timeline of time moves forward into modern day, and you’ll even learn a little about the contemporary Maya population.
The Penn Museum, officially known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, also has on show now Run! Super athletes of the Sierra Madre and Imagine Africa. And don’t worry so much about the approaching apocalypse—the exhibition’s curators have scheduled Maya 2012 to end on January 13, 2013.