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Palacio Canton

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Address: Merida, Mexico
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Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses...
Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses artifacts and memorabilia as the Anthropology Museum.
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only for temporary exhibits

This beautiful mansion is definitely worth your time. It looks beautiful from outside and the inside indeed will make you wonder about Merida's affluent past. There were two... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
Witoldzio
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Manhattan, KS
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Manhattan, KS
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116 reviews 116 reviews
30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This beautiful mansion is definitely worth your time. It looks beautiful from outside and the inside indeed will make you wonder about Merida's affluent past. There were two temporary exhibits there during our visit. One was devoted to the architecture Ruta Puuc (mostly photographs with commentary in Spanish and English, but very well-done) and the other to the clay pottery... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

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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Nairobi
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21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Peachtree City, Georgia
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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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British Columbia
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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