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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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it had a variety of colorful Mexican sculptures and historical pieces made of typical clay as well as a lot of marble pieces of Mayan structures like the Mayan water god "Chaak... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Hoped this would be a museum with a lot of historical and anthropological detail about the Mayan civilisation. Sadly it fell quite a way short. An exhibition of modern pottery on the ground floor has some beautiful pieces. Upstairs there is a slightly dry exhibit showing black and white pics of sites such as Chichen Itza and Utzmal. If you're... More 

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

it had a variety of colorful Mexican sculptures and historical pieces made of typical clay as well as a lot of marble pieces of Mayan structures like the Mayan water god "Chaak" and representations of how ruins used to be next to how they are at the moment at a variety of spots like "Chichen Itza" "Uxmal" and others. If... More 

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san francisco
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The Mayan culture and architecture displays are outstanding.It had a temporary exhibit of beautiful pottery from Guadalajara.

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Midland, MI
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22 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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57 helpful votes 57 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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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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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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