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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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Mayan Artifacts

Great place to escape the midday sun. 2 hours is plenty of time to see it all. Nice walk to it with a good bakery at the very north of the main road.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to escape the midday sun. 2 hours is plenty of time to see it all. Nice walk to it with a good bakery at the very north of the main road.

Thank Jhakey J
Vancouver, Canada
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum situated inside a Spanish colonial palace that is jam packed with beautiful Mayan antiquities. Item specific plaques are all in Spanish with some of the more general historic information provided in English (if you have data on your phone download the google translate app for instant translation of information using your camera). The museum is only two... More 

Thank AlexGreenall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn't expect to enjoy this museum as much as I did. The exhibit was outstanding. Incredible artifacts and extremely interesting explanations. Most were in Spanish (which I can read pretty well so not a problem) but there were some explanatory materials in English as well. The building itself is so beautiful and "over the top" that we enjoyed it almost... More 

Thank CRHummingbird
Crown Point, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned a lot of history and this is a must see if you visit Merida. Plan on spending a few hours here

Thank Bonniecp
Stockton on Tees
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

...but a specific interest in Mayan archeology is needed to get the most out of this museum hosted in a beautiful building- indeed the setting for these items was every bit as impressive as the items on display. 30 minutes was enough for us casual visitors.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This museum is small but has very interesting displays relating to different periods of the Mayan culture. Situated on Paseo Montejo, it is easily accessible to visitors strolling along this splendid avenue.

Thank Bonita W
Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Great ferocious gargoyle faces on this beautiful building. They have excellent air conditioning for a sweltering afternoon. Amazing Mayan artifacts well light and displayed. All the labels are in Spanish so we should have hired an English speaking guide. The collection is not large and they empathize quality over quantity. It takes 45 minutes to see it all at a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

On our second trip to Merida, my husband and I visited the museum of anthropology in Merida. We paid for our tickets, and were presented with the option of paying a little extra for a tour guide. I was a little apprehensive, but we knew it could contribute to a great experience. I am so glad we had the tour... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

It is a beatiful building, but lamentably the museum is closed for repairs. There is a new modern museum at Merida, maybe this house will open with a different vocation.

Thank Ponxo
Bristol, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is just not right. Closing some parts of a museum for refurbishment I can accept, but the whole museum for days is unacceptable. I came to Merida in part because of this museum and feel very let down. In addition no notification of closure - many people came to the building as we sat outside ( we were exhausted... More 

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