MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain Exhibition
Saturday, June 17 - Monday, September 4

What is the common ingredient in peanut butter, laundry detergent, aspirin, ice cream, and fireworks? Corn!

Called maize in most countries, corn was first domesticated by indigenous peoples in Mexico 10,000 years ago, and humans have deliberately altered and adapted this edible grain to meet their needs since then.Today, maize is the largest production crop in the world.

This summer, during our MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain exhibition, we invite you to explore the science and history of maize and find out why it continues to surprise us. Learn about fascinating advances in the science of plant genetics, the process of evolution and how "useful mutations" can address world health and hunger issues. See how maize was adopted by Native Americans through historic and rare, corn-related objects from the Permanent Collections of the Stamford Museum, including archaeological material from the Stamford area that is more than 500 years old.

Developed and managed by the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y., and produced with funding from the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program, this interactive exhibition promises fun and engaging enrichment for the whole family.

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