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Palacio Canton

Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #24 of 41 Attractions in Merida
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses artifacts and...
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses artifacts and memorabilia as the Anthropology Museum.

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

This just in. The former anthropology museum has been stripped of its treasures, which are now at the Museo Mundo Maya. It is instead used for temporary exhibits. It's still a very cool building though.

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia of Merida is housed in a grand mansion on the Paseo Montejo at Calle 43 called Palacio Canton. The exuberant architecture alone will impress you but the current exhibition of magnificent Mexican pottery from Jalisco and the photographic documentation of La Ruta Puuc archaeological sites were both well displayed and quite informative.

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a terrific anthropology museum located in a former mansion on the fanciest street in Merida. It's a bit of a schlepp from the Centro so maybe take a cab there?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Visited the Palace made Museum today, it is worth it. The entry fee is really small if you look at the care and investment it is put on. The current exhibition on the ground floor is about pottery and the various influences through history with the Maya culture in the center. Up-stairs there is an exibition about the Maya people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Extraordinary Home from Nineteenth century. Now it is a museum. worth to see the wealth of the rich people of Yucatan then. Beautiful architecture and nice temporary exhibits

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

An excellent place to visit to see what made early Merida rich and what the gentry spent their pesos on

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Beautiful museum, well worth visiting and enjoying! Beautiful old "green gold" mansion! Enjoyed it tremendously!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The Museum of Anthropology is located in El Palacio Cantón, an unbelievably ornate mansion built 1909-1911 for the Cantón family who owned the railway and many haciendas (estates) in the Yucatán. His workers only made a few pesos a day, so that fact takes some of the wow away from visiting this incredible building. The marble stairway is a piece... More 

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

This local museum offers and insight into life in Merida over the past through the life of one of its most prominent citizens but the jewel in the crown is the local collection of traditional costume

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Palacio Canton is home to some of the finest collections of pre-Columbian material in the Yucatan - or maybe it used to be?? On our recent visit almost none of it was on display. We were surprised and disappointed.

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