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Anthropology and History Museum

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Address: Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish...

This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.

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A must see

Even if you're not interested in ancient artifacts, you have to see this beautiful old mansion. A serene and cool way to spend a hot afternoon. Nice gift shop too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even if you're not interested in ancient artifacts, you have to see this beautiful old mansion. A serene and cool way to spend a hot afternoon. Nice gift shop too.

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Chelan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Mayan artifacts were exquisitely displayed in the gorgeous former Mansion on Paseo de Montejo. I don't usually take photos in museums but this one seemed to demand memories of the beautiful Mayan sculptures. Cost 55 pesos and not crowded, even on a Saturday. We will be taking all our guests here!

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Wellsville, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well played out. In beautiful building. Not many visitors. Had so mAny artifacts, masks, etc. One of the Best museums.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice exhibit of artifacts from several mayan sights. Not a lot of English translation so not a lot of info if not a Spanish reader. Can do it in a quick fashion as not too huge. The old colonial home is also amazing that houses the museum

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collection of art and artefacts found in Mayan ruins are here. This is a wonderful exhibit and well worth the visit. It is not that large so plan on 1-2 hours to look through the whole collection at a modest pace.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really well laid out museum in a beautiful building. Features a large collection of very well preserved and presented Mayan artifacts. The interpretive panels are mainly in Spanish, so if your language skills aren't too hot, maybe take along a dictionary or google translate to get the most out of it!

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Marietta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exterior and interior of this museum are beautiful. The antiquities were beautifully displayed and it was easy to move around the different exhibitions. There is a very helpful time-line display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some expats in Merida told us that the Mundo Maya museum was better than this one but that simply wasn't true. This museum was small, well-curated, succinct and extremely informative. This is a museum that is overseen by Mexico's ministry of public education; they really care about the story of the pieces making sense to the visitor. Also, the building... More 

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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting array of Mayan artefacts with special exhibitions upstairs. About £2 to enter, leave backpacks on open shelf, can take photos but no flash. Very good value on the beautiful avenue

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This is a small museum on Paseo Montejo and worth a visit. Seeing all the stellae that are at the ruins one is often left wondering...what the hell was that? Visit this museum get a real idea of how all of those stellae looked. The best ones have been carted off to museums leaving the "blurry" ones at the sites.... More 

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