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Palacio Canton

Merida, Mexico
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Ranked #29 of 36 attractions in Merida
Type: Museums, Historic Sites
Description: Once the home of General Francisco Canton Rosada, this building now houses artifacts and memorabilia as the Anthropology Museum.
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Merida, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We visited the museum recently and really enjoyed the building, the history of the family who built it. The best exhibit was on the second floor - Huipiles of Yucatan. An excellent collection of the traditional dresses worn for everyday and special occasions. The museum on Montejo is well worth a visit.

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Merida, Mexico
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I was looking forward to seeing a special photographic expo by INAH called Baktun 13, and several of the tourist guides I got from the Tourist Info listed its opening hours, NOT one of them said anything about it being closed. When I arrived there was a sign on the front gate advising they closed on 11th Sept until sometime... More

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Philadelphia, PA USA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Check before you go...we arrived to find signs posted that they were closed for renovations. Sorry we don't have the completion date.

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Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
37 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

100 year old palace housing the local museum of Anthropology. Exhibits of treasured mayan finds of northern Yucatan.

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Merida, Mexico
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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

an amazing building with gorgeous architectural features

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