1) No, the world if not going to end but I'm pretty sure we all knew that already. 2) The Mayans really wish we would stop talking about the end of the world. 3) None of the big things in a Mayan exhibit are real, they're all just replica casts because they can't move a lot of the stuff. So when you think you're being super sneaky and getting away with touching history... you're not. 4) The Mayan kings had really elaborate burials and forced people to carve teeny tiny highly detailed scenes in things like deer bones. They will blow your mind. Especially after tequila. 5) Patron XO Cafe is the single greatest thing I've ever experienced.
I know, I was really disappointed. I get why they had to do it, but suddenly I felt like everything looked really obviously faked.
Patron just sponsored it. The museum was the Penn Museum ( www.penn.museum/ ) owned by UPenn. They're doing a Lord of Time exhibit on the Maya for the year. This was opening week, and one of the events was called Lords of Tequila. We got discounted tickets since we're museum members and it seemed like a good time and we were right.
We started out outside and they gave you a free margarita. Then you went up to the Egyptian room where they had 4 little tequila shots and a lot of food laid out for you at tables... it looked a little like a wedding reception tbh. And while you ate a guy who works for Patron took you through how they make their tequila and then told you to take shots and try to taste the different stuff he was talking about. It started with silver, then went to anejo, then reposado, then XO Cafe.
After they fed us and liquored us up, they let us wander around the exhibit. It was great since there was definitely less than 100 people there and I'm pretty sure some of them left once the tequila was over!