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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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Silkeborg, Denmark
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

For 67 pesos, this is way overpriced. The place is quite nice and has a nice view and a neat little museum, but I would not have chosen to go and pay so much if I had known how little there was to see there. The place is not that big either.

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New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

I think the 29 pesos I paid were well worth it. The fort itself is very well restored, with beautiful views of Laguna Bacalar, the museum is smallish but has enough information to introduce you to Bacalar's history.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
36 helpful votes 36 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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
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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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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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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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162 helpful votes 162 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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