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Address: 572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
Phone Number: 917-880-8587
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Wonderful display of Catherwood's lithographs in a charming house

Wonderful to discover by chance that this place exists. Frederick Catherwood made magnicent coloured sketches of major Maya sites in 1841. Although Casa Catherwood does not seem... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Belfast, United Kingdom

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Merida, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Based upon what I had read in advertisements my expectations were high and were not met. The building is in disarray, the staff were uninformed and what we thought were the main display rooms were all locked although the main doors were open

1 Thank John B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Wonderful to discover by chance that this place exists. Frederick Catherwood made magnicent coloured sketches of major Maya sites in 1841. Although Casa Catherwood does not seem to have any direct connection with him, it displays in two rooms these very significant illustrations, which did much to put the Maya "on the map". Entrance fee 50 pesos. Well worth the... More 

Thank Lisadian
East Lansing, Michigan
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91 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

I would suggest that before viewing this wonderful collection of lithographs by Catherwood and the travel diaries written By Stephens, that you spend some quality time traveling the PUCC region south of Merida. Besides viewing lithographs of Copan there are many other ruins that the two draw and write about that are right in this area.... Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Kabah,... More 

1 Thank N8PWC
Seattle WA
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you've read John Lloyd Steven's "Incidents of Travel..." you shouldn't miss seeing Catherwood's hand-colored lithographs displayed in this small, unassuming space.

1 Thank Steve P
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

What a lovingly restored property! A nice little find in the city dedicated to Catherwood's Mayan depictions. The store had some really great items too. Glad I went! Across from an authentic Mexican farmer's market too, where we picked up great some great local food as well.

1 Thank JenB101
Copper Mountain, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Catherwood did the illustrations for Steven's books in the 1840s. This small museum on the 2nd floor of a lovely house contains a set of his later colored etchings. If you are a fan of the books, these are terrific. First floor has a surprisingly nice, upscale, gift shop,and you can purchase nice smaller copies of the etchings. A true... More 

1 Thank JR M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

A fantastic little museum of just over 20 of Catherwood's etchings, with accompanying insightful commentary from contemporary anthropologists/archaeologists. The etchings are a rare snapshot from a lost time, lending a romantic, nostalgic air to ruins that today can seem a little too tidy and neatly packaged for tourists. Visit the museum after the ruins to compare the etchings with your... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

This hard-to-find museo is on the south side of calle 59, about 4 doors west of calle 72 (by Santiago Park, where they have big-band music Tuesday nights). There's construction on both sides of the street (December 2012), all of the buildings are getting major facelifts. The website says admission is free, but that's to the cafe and gift shop,... More 

Thank E R
Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

It's not that I mind paying 50mn but if it's advertised as free, that's what it should be. The cranky man told me it's always been 50mn. And yet the Tourist Office told me it was free (they checked the website too) Could be a case of free for Mexicans but foreigners pay.

Thank Lynne Z
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

I ate here twice, enjoyed both times, and the fruit juices are good. It's small but again for a vegetarian like me there was a choice. Staff friendly, and there is a shop that sells some interesting things, including mexican chocolate bars, and inscense sticks that are meant to be anti mozzie. Def worth a visit!

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