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Anthropology and History Museum

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Address: Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
Description: 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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This was one of the first places we visited when we arrived in Merida. There were two exhibits: the main floor had a splendid collection of diverse pottery and clay sculpture... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
LiamandOonah
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Midland, MI
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Midland, MI
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This was one of the first places we visited when we arrived in Merida. There were two exhibits: the main floor had a splendid collection of diverse pottery and clay sculpture; the second floor had a detailed display of Mayan architecture from 500-900 AD. We took our time, and were very glad we did, as it helped us appreciate the... More 

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Corozal, Belize
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The extensive exhibits of Mayan and Merida culture and history are worth every penny of the about $5 entrance fee. We spent almost three hours there ewing and aging.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Terrific photographs and some artifacts from all the prominent Mayan sites surrounding Merida. It definitely whetted our appetite. In the downstairs installation, a wonderful exhibit of pottery from Jalisco. The museum is housed in a grand old building, well-restored and maintained.

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Luton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Housed in a beautiful building, there are examples of wonderful Mexican pottery, while upstairs is a photgraphic display of many of the Mayan sites. The before and after photos are very interesting

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New Harbor, Maine
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Palacio Canton museum in a century-old mansion designed by an Italian architect houses traveling exhibits. When we visited there was a wonderful display of contemporary art pottery using traditional pottery techniques from various areas of Mexico on the ground floor. I am interested in pottery and particularly enjoyed it; my wife is not and preferred the exhibit on Mayan... More 

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Truro, Massachusetts
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Beautiful neoclassical residence converted into a museum, great collection on Mexican ceramics/pottery stunning. also while I visited a great exhibit on Mayan architecture.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The first floor is all art and the second floor is about Mayan architecture. I'm not a huge art buff, so I can't comment on that aspect. I would recommend seeing a few of the surrounding ruins before going. The museum specifically discusses ruins along the Ruta Puuc: Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Labná. We went to Uxmal the day before the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This it is history the way of using colors form unbeliveble,this museam have to be seen and you will apreciate even more the Mexican Art

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is a nice museum in an elegant old mansion. The house is worth seeing all by itself. Great temporary exhibition on pottery and one of the best bookstores in Merida for art/Mayan/history/culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

This museum no longer is the anthropology museum. All its artifacts have been transferred to the new Museo Mundo Maya, but it is still a museum, so the city is better off, as are its cab drivers as the MMM is not in the city center.

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