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Anthropology and History Museum

Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Ranked #23 of 38 attractions in Merida
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Description: This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I certainly would not go out of my way to see this. On our visit, they had a plywood walk through exhibit about Mayan culture, but could not get past the feeling they were desperately trying to fill space. The house is nice, but not all that interesting.

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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Worth visiting just for the architecture of this mansion on the stylish Paseo Montejo. Apparently many of the exhibits have now migrated to the new slightly out of town Gran Museo del Mundo Maya which makes the displays here feel somewhat contrived. Nevertheless worth a short visit but for the real stuff you will need to take a cab out... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

A great museum on the Paseo Montejo within a beautiful old palace/mansion. Limited size but interesting and educational content. We much preferred this museum to the more distant, way more expensive Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Walkable from the Gran Plaza. Nice local restaurants.

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Victoria, British Columbia
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This museum used to be one of our favourites to visit as it was pacted with hundreds of extremely interesting pieces and had an upstairs devoted to many unique and focused special exhibits. Recent changes in the past few months seem to have stripped the museum of almost its entire collection of artifacts and replaced them with a very few... More

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Merida, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

The architecture is stunning, the finishes are to die for, the floating staircase is like something out of the movies. Self help quides next to each exhibit were helpful although the text was a little small for someone challenged by type size...

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Espanola, New Mexico
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23 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The mansion on Paseo Montejo, the Palacio Canton, is an architectural gem of a past century. The building alone is worth the addmission fee but the changing exhibits are always informative and educational. They are not in depth, but give you a brief introduction to the Mayans.Woven into the exhibit at this time are samples of exquisite embroidery on the... More

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Espanola, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This was our second time to visit the museum in less than a year. The new exhibits were well worth seeing. Not only is the building beautifully kept, but the displays are well placed and well lighted. They have amazing photos of various parts of the Yucatan and some of the most interesting archioligical artifacts. Even if you don't speek... More

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Toronto, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, and a Good Imagination is Invaluable... as there are no english signs. And still this Small Museaum is Mighty. The artifacts are truly Awesome especially if you delight in seeing life in a totally different era. Located on the corner of Calle 56a (Paseo Montejo) and Calle 43 it is also known as... More

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Entrance fee is minimal, but it is worth to go through the museum to see the interior of this once amazing home. The Museum depicts life in the Mayan culture and separates it by their daily living activities. ie. work, play, food, family, etc. All definitions are in Spanish and Mayan only, but still worth a visit. While you stand... More

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Despite how it looks on the outside, this is a small museum. The first floor has a number of Mayan artifacts. This was an actual residence and pictures of people who lived in it are on the second floor. Worth the modest price of admission.

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