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Address: Bacalar, Mexico

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Great little museum in beautiful setting

Surprisingly informative museum about history of Bacalar. Mayans, conquistadors, Pirates and revolutionaries. Info in English and Spanish. Good maps and a few artefacts. Air Con a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 6, 2015
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Bratislava, Slovakia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

It is located in the center of Bacalar. Its purpose was to protect villagers against pirate raids from the lake. Later it was also used during Mexican revolution. Sadly it was closed when we were there and wanted to see it from inside.

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Mexico
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65 reviews 65 reviews
51 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It has an interesting museum on the inside but too expensive for what you actually get, it is just too little, just one room but still a nice hint about the history of Bacalar. Anyway, the best is the view you get of the lagoon from up there and the pics you can make with the old cannons and stuff... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly informative museum about history of Bacalar. Mayans, conquistadors, Pirates and revolutionaries. Info in English and Spanish. Good maps and a few artefacts. Air Con a treat too.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It is modest in size but it is impressively preserved (reconstructed) and the lagoon in the back makes is pretty. It shows the history and adds character to this tiny, beautiful and quiet city. I didn't enter the museum and just saw it from the outside but it's architecture can also be appreciated.

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Cozumel
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This fort is beautifully maintained and has excellent exhibits. Just a few blocks from our room! Learned about pirates, the Caste War and the history of the Mayans in the area.

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Bainbridge Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Displays with narratives in English document the cultural history of the Maya and the roll of Bacalar throughout the centuries as a southern outpost in the Yucatan.

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Titusville, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Beautiful view of Laguna Bacalar from fort. Fort is right in quiet, peaceful town of Bacalar. Fort built by Spanish but occupied by Mayans 1859-1901.

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Rancho Santa Fe, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
29 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

In the 1700s pirates used to come from the caribbean ocean in to Bacalar using a natural canal thru the lagoons. THey used to take from Bacalar wood to build ships among other goods. Its worth visiting !!!!

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Vernon, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The fort has a nice view over the lake and is interesting architecture but the stuff inside was a real surprise. Its well worth the small cost, payable across the side walk at a small booth. Don't be embarrassed by them chasing after you for payment like I was.

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Villahermosa, Mexico
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Really nice view, worth the visit. Have to pay something like 20 pesos but I enjoyed the view and the history

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