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Mayan Medicine Museum

Address: Center for the Development of Mayan Medicine | Av. Salomón González Blanco No. 10, Col. Morelos, San Cristobal de las Casas 117, Mexico
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Vienna, Austria
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99 reviews 99 reviews
60 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Despite what the books say, you can walk to this museum from the centre of town. Although it is an interesting museum, I found it rather small and was wondering wgy it was desribed as 'award-winning'.

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Gorey, Ireland
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120 reviews 120 reviews
57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is very worthwhile. They gather all the traditional customs and practices, and it should be a valuable database. The day we called the video was not working. There were no live demonstrations although I believe it sometimes happens. The area is small. About three rooms. Mostly just what you read on the walls. An English version is available at... More 

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Loma Linda, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

the museum is far from downtown san cristobal. it is interesting how the mayans used their herbs and plants. it however does not provide scientific reasons to why these can still be used today. there is no guide to explain some statues that are in the middle of the rooms. interesting to go once but i probably wouldn't go again.

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1,614 reviews 1,614 reviews
1,040 attraction reviews
532 helpful votes 532 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I think I would have enjoyed this museum if I hadn't been spoiled by high quality museums elsewhere, as it seemed quite amateurish. Nonetheless, it was interesting, especially the section on local childbirthing customs.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were really glad we went to this museum, despite the negative reviews that we had read online. The museum is run by locals and is not a large, fancy state-run museum. We walked there from the center of town, but it might be a bit challenging for some. A cab ride from the center of town should be fairly... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We read about this little museum in the Chiapas Moon Book and went looking for it. It's a little bit out there and quite rustic, but we really liked it. We speak a smattering of Spanish so we picked up some of it. There is a small herbal pharmacy, healers on site and a video to be seen and I... More 

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Portland, Maine
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163 reviews 163 reviews
77 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Credit must be given here for trying. Those responsible are touching on an interesting subject, but they present it in a way a child presents a book report or science project, full of missing facts and things leaving you hanging. The information is given in a real watered down way. There is no explanation on how things are extracted. No... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Visited the museum out of curiosity, but ended up buying some of their herbal medecines. Worth the visit overall if you've got time to spare. The location isn't convenient at all: the museum is located at least 1/2 hour away from the city centre on foot. We took an English translation booklet at the entrance and leaned a lot!

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Bellingham, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

By reading the English info provided, we were able to fill in the blanks of questions we had unanswered. Make sure you see the movie, in English, of the woman having a baby with a midwife/curandera.

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Vienna, Austria
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This museum has a very DIY feeling to it. Very anti-establishment, it informs and shows a lot about the Maya traditional medicines and remedies. Do watch the intro video of 15 min. Rituals and healings take place there. Dont expect a shiny bright and clean museum. Very recommended!

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