2012 End of the
Catastrophe and Revival
The Oval Plaza & the 1st
July 12, 2012 – February 24, 2013
Unknown – the source of fear, the
breeding ground for rumor
Many books, television shows and films say
that the world will end December 21st, 2012. They say this comes from
the Maya calendar. The Mayans, whose empire peaked between 250 and 900 AD in
Mexico and Guatemala, were noted for the only known fully developed written
language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its highly advanced art,
architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. They produced
awe-inspiring temples and pyramids, highly accurate calendars, mathematics and
hieroglyphic writing, and a complex social and political order. However, during
the Post Classic period, around 750 AD, the Mayan civilization started to
collapse. And, while their Long Count calendar stretches all the way back to
3114 BC, it ends suddenly on December 21st, 2012. That’s why 2012
phenomenon has become the most widely speculated topic.
Probably, you have heard much about the end of the world
predictions. You might be wandering whether there are any true facts behind
them. The National Museum of National Science presents the special exhibition
“2012 End of the World – Catastrophe and Revival” to lead you to
debunk the myths from historical, astronomic, and scientific viewpoint.
2012 End of the World – Catastrophe and
Revival organized by the Museum’s director Sun Wei-hsin prominently features a nine-meter replica Chichen
Itza calendar pyramid soaring in the center of the Museum’s Oval Plaza. A
functional doomsday clock on the top of the pyramid is counting down to December
21, 2012. Inside the pyramid, hundreds of pictures built into a 5-minute
panoramic experience are provided by Oficina de Enlace de Mexico en Taiwan. A
maximum of 50 visitors are able to witness the splendor of Maya culture and its
heritage through cutting-edge visual technology at the same time.
Replica Chichen Itza
Contrary to the ancient atmosphere filled in the pyramid, here
in the 1st exhibition gallery, visitors will feel the future through exploring
our solar system in a stunning and completely new view. This exhibit invites
visitors to explore the emerging portrait of our magnificent universe and
discover the latest scientific information on the small bodies in the solar
system. Visitors will also recognize developments in Earth surface processes and
landforms from pieces of precious fossils of different geologic ages, which are
out of the Museum’s paleontological collections. Anyway, 2012 End of the
World – Catastrophe and Revival offers enhanced exploration and
educational enjoyment of the solar system and beyond.
“In the past 540 million years there have been five major mass
extinctions throughout geological history,” said Sun at the exhibit’s opening
ceremony, “Mass extinctions seem to be a Phanerozoic phenomenon. Many species
went extinct while other organisms arose.” “Humans have harmed the Earth in
numerous ways. It is hoped that our visitors will be inspired by this exhibition
and prepare to think about our own responsibility for ‘helping’ our earth,” he
How do we fit into the cosmos? Is there any other intelligent
life elsewhere in the cosmos? Is the world moving to catastrophic destruction?
Or will a transition to a new era of a spiritually established society take
place? Take a journey through the mysteries of the Maya in this landmark
exhibition. Think about what we have done to our planet and how is our
responsibility to help it. 2012 End of the World – Catastrophe and
Revival will bring you a fantastic experience!
2012 End of the World – Catastrophe and Revival is organized by
the National Museum of Natural Science in cooperation with Graduate
Institute of Astrophysics, National Taiwan University and DELTA.
Generous support is from Oficina
de Enlace de Mexico en Taiwan, Discovery Channel, Graduate
Institute of Astrophysics, National Central University, and Culture &
Education Foundation, NMNS.