What’s ancient, allegedly apocalyptic and opening Friday? The Maya 2012 exhibit, that’s what!

Maya 2012Forget about the world ending and all those rumors about Dec. 21, 2012. The question of the moment is: What will happen on Oct. 26, 2012?

If you guessed that our Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History exhibit opens, you’d be correct. See for yourself why the Maya civilization was successful for over three millennia … and find out when (and whether) the world’s actually going to end on that infamous day in December.

Tickets to Maya 2012 also include admission to another new exhibit opening this Friday, Gems of the Medici. So now that we’ve made you a deal you can’t refuse, don’t. Buy your tickets and find out whether we’ll all make it to 2013.

What’s 100 years old, fascinating and closing this weekend? Titanic, of course!

If you haven’t made it to HMNS to view the incredible array of artifacts recovered from the RSS Titanic’s wreck site more than 3 miles beneath the ocean, you should be suffering from some serious FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out.)

Titanic | James Delgado appearance

We extended our Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition through Sept. 23 due to popular demand — and guess what? It’s Sept. 17! I know, we don’t know where the time went either.

But we do know that more than 300 artifacts from the ship and its passengers, their compelling human stories, and a true-to-life retelling of the night’s events on April 15, 1912 are a sight to behold. So behold it, before it’s too late!

Tickets are available in-person at the box office or online right here.

Last chance to see Terra Cotta Warriors — EVER! Hurry in before the army moves out Sept. 3

There may have been a Terra Cotta Warriors II, but — mark our words — there will not be a Terra Cotta Warriors III.

HMNS’ second special exhibition of the exquisitely detailed and distinct warriors that guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, extends the story of the Qin, Han and Tang dynasties with 200 ancient works of art, including newly-discovered artifacts unearthed from imperial, royal and elite tombs.

golden dragon

The stunning exhibition — which also featured the premiere of a Terra Cotta Warrior with its original green paint still intact, thanks to new conservation techniques — closes Sept. 3.

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than to examine up-close the extreme care that went into each warrior’s individualized features, the fine ornaments and sacred objects, or the extraordinary works of art?

TCW II: Warriors, Tombs and TemplesHMNS is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. Click here for tickets.

Party like it’s 1912 at Titanic VIP nite — this Thursday!

UPDATE: Titanic VIP Nite is sold out. See you smarties who got tickets there!

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Like all seemingly good ideas, the concept for the Titanic was conjured up over cocktails. In 1907, J. Bruce Ismay and Lord James Pierre decided to build the vast vessel along with two sister ships, the Olympic and the Britannic, for a line of the largest luxury ships ever built.

Titanic VIP Nite

 

We all know how that ended:

Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking in the most appropriate way possible – with a cocktail party.

Guests at Titanic VIP Nite can experience life aboard the ship as first or third-class passengers, although this is one case where you might not want to keep it classy.

Go the sophisticated route and sashay through first-class to the music of a string quartet, where schmancy hors d’oeuvres inspired by the first-class menu await. Then when you’re tired of all that restrained schmoozing, rub elbows with the rougher folk down in third class. There, a Celtic Rock band will have you dancing the jig in no time.

Also onboard? Captain Smith and the famous Mrs. Molly Brown. Be sure to chat up these two characters and ask them about their experience aboard – but be sensitive, and remember that Captain Smith went down with the ship.

For tickets to the festivities that include food, entertainment, cash bars, character actors, after-hours access to the 100th anniversary artifact exhibition and a complimentary swag bag for the first 300 arrivals, click here.