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Anthropology and History Museum

Address: Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Ranked #22 of 41 Attractions in Merida
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.

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Cincinnati
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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California
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1,023 attraction reviews
407 helpful votes 407 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

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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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This museum is by far one of the best I have been to! If you want to see and learn about the Mya or Aztec and how it all ties together with Mexico, this is the place to go. So many great artifacts to see and explore! It may take you two days to see it all, but I suggest... More 

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Sioux Falls
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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22 reviews 22 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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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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UK
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108 reviews 108 reviews
18 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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