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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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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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

So, we were very, very excited to visit the Anthropology and History museum last summer on our first trip to Mérida. We were quite underwhelmed, however, by the few artifacts downstairs and then black and white photography exhibit upstairs. It was interesting, but it was really not very memorable. I felt like a bad person for not appreciating the exhibit,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Very nice architecture, and some of the exhibits were interesting. When we visited, most of the downstairs was showing artworks done by the local school children. Though quaint, I would have preferred to see more of Merida/Mexico history. Still worth the visit though.

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Ontario
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

This museum is in a beautiful old house. The selection is small, but expertly curated, with extensive and appropriate commentary. Some of the pottery is absolutely breathtaking. Not to be missed if you're in Merida.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This fabulous museum has more than one can take in in 4 hours. Everything very well displayed, explained in English and Spanish. Many of the displays are interactive, and very entertaining.

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

It would be worth the admission just to see inside this grand mansion, but the exhibits are well worth it, too. The lower floor was filled with gorgeous ceramics from many parts of Mexico. They are not antiques so much as beautiful pieces of art. Upstairs is a fascinating exhibit about the architecture of the Puuc ruins. It's a must-see... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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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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