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Casa Frederick Catherwood

Address: 572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
Phone Number: 917-880-8587
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Ranked #28 of 49 Attractions in Merida
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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East Lansing, Michigan
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72 reviews 72 reviews
21 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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 

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Seattle WA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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 

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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Merida, Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Interesting exhibit of Catherwood's depictions of the Mayan ruins. Gained some insight to the Mayan world, as well as into Catherwood himself.

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62 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

I read the Stephens/Catherwood books years ago and I've enjoyed visiting the ruins over the years so I was excited when I read a museum dedicated to Catherwoods' works had been opened. It's a little difficult to find as there is a large tree directly in front of the house and not much of a sign. A better sign on... More 

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