MAPS is an educational facility and resource center that hosts one of the largest collections of pre-Columbian artifacts in North America!
MAPS is a family-oriented, interactive museum displaying artifacts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, Africa, and the Americas. Rocks, minerals, crystals, and dinosaur bones. Tropical gardens and a Maya village are a part of the outdoor displays. Call for group tours, themed birthday parties, special events, lectures, fieldwork opportunities and international trips.
Indoor archaeology and paleontology exhibits
Outdoor dig pit
Outdoor paleo garden
Outdoor Maya garden
Public viewing prep laboratory
Focus on global antiquities and Florida fossils
Discovery, parties, and classrooms
Ancient World Cultures
Greek & Roman
Maya Plant Uses
Asia (terra cotta army)
Royal Maya Burial (Tikal)
North American Native Americans
Modern Man/World Cultures
Beauty… (deformed skull, lip plates, filed teeth, etc.)
Human Anatomy (determining race, age, sex, etc.)
Historical material (bottles, pipes, plates, etc.)
The History of Money
Technology & Science
History of Glass, Weapons, Tools, Etc.
The History of Man (physical anthropology)
History of the area (sponges, red tide, etc.)
The Science Behind Exploration
Perils of Fieldwork (live tarantulas, piranhas, snakes, etc.)
Hollywood & Archaeology (Indiana Jones & The Mummy)
Marine Archaeology (tools)
Marine Archaeology Lab
Hollywood & Marine Archaeology (Titanic & Other)
Hollywood & Paleontology (Jurassic Park & Dinosaur)
Rocks, Minerals & Crystals
Minerals and Crystals
Meteorites & Tektite
Modern Florida Shells
Fossil Florida Shells
Evolution of the Horse - FL
Fossil Sharks - FL
Florida Native Americans
Plants & Animals – Then and Now
Dinosaurs… (arms, feet, skulls, etc.)
Naming a new species… (Bambiraptor)
North American Fossils
Pleistocene (Ice Age) Mammals
MAPS maintains three main departments: Archaeology, Paleontology, and Science & Technology. Each department cultivates its own research teams, maintains its own collections, publishes in its own area of expertise, conducts field research, and conducts meetings and events inside areas of investigation.
The Department of Archaeology maintains active dig sites with its partners the US, Greece/Cyprus, Central America, and China. Crews have conducted Greek and Roman excavations in the Mediterranean, Native American sites in Ohio and Florida, Maya sites throughout Central America, and other locations around the globe. Partners include the University of South Florida in Tampa and the University of Florida in Gainesville. Qualified members are welcome to participate in these excavations. Contact MAPS for more information.
The Department of Paleontology maintains active dig sites with its partners in the US, Canada, and China. Crews have conducted Cretaceous age excavations in the Lance Creek formation in Wyoming, Triassic age excavations in North Carolina, and Pliocene/Pleistocene age excavations in Florida. Qualified members are welcome to participate in these excavations. Contact MAPS for more information.
The Department of Science & Technology is a unique department in that it is tied to the STEM (and STEAM) programs in the Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough school systems. This department also researches and develops exhibits in the history of technology such as the history of communication, music, ax technology, hammer technology, light, batteries, etc. This department is also working on various patents and research and development opportunities. This department partners with LFC in expanding its animatronic technology, bringing current technology to area schools in the way of robotic dinosaurs, motion detection, wearable dinosaur suits, and holograms. Qualified members are welcome to participate in this area of research. Contact MAPS for more information.