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Anthropology and History Museum

Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Ranked #21 of 39 Attractions in Merida
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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Sioux Falls
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Right now the museum is under renovation, but there are still very interesting things to see. The architecture alone is amazing. The photos and lore upstairs are interesting and worth your time and attention. I was with a friend who speaks Mayan, Spanish and English and so experiencing the exhibit together was interesting. This offers something for everyone. Even the... More

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Alexandria, VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was intrigued by the splendor of this former home, now a museum. The 1st floor photos (taken several decades ago) were interesting, especially since I've been to most of the archeological sites. However, it was the 2nd floor exhibit that really grabbed my attention. I was intrigued by the insight to Mayan life ... present life, done through sound... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

When we were there (May 2014) they had a fantastic photo exhibit on the second floor detailing modern day Mayan village life and mythology! The text of the exhibit was in Yucatec Maya, Spanish and English. We were so glad we went upstairs! I hope they keep this one for a long time. I strongly recommend it! The archaeological exhibit... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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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100 reviews 100 reviews
16 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Merida, Mexico
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90 reviews 90 reviews
23 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
44 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
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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