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“Big Changes!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Anthropology and History Museum

Anthropology and History Museum
Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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Ranked #26 of 85 things to do in Merida
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Owner description: This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.
Edmonton
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“Big Changes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

For those of you who have visited before OR who are using guide books, visitors need to be aware that the contents of the museum has changed radically with the opening of the NEW Museo del Mundo Maya just this past December, 2012.

The museum is still worth a visit to, not only view the building itself, the magificient "Palacio Canton" but the exhibits that will be presented in that setting as well.

Visited February 2013
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“Disappointing, despite the nice huipil exhibit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

There is very little precolonial history or material at this museum now. Apparently the new Gran Museo del Mundo Maya farther up the avenue is the place to go to learn about Maya history and anthropology. That is an excellent museum (look for review under that heading). This museum tells the story of the family that built the building which houses its diminished collection. And an additional exhibit charts the discovery efforts of one 19th-century explorer of Maya ruins. Otherwise, there is a nice, though I think temporary, exhibit of embroidered huipils on the second floor. But overall, this museum is not in the tradition of the great 'museos de antropologia e historia' that Mexico and INAH are known for.

Visited February 2013
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CT
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“What Happened to All The Artifacts?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were quite disappointed to find that there were only two small cases with Mayan artifacts. The museum currently has an exhibit on the building's history, some photos documenting late 1800's exploration of Mayan ruins, a few portraits, and a very large exhibit on embroidered local women's garments called huipils. Not much to see here, Folks. Perhaps all the good stuff was moved to the new Mayan World museum? Wish I'd known before I wasted the time.

Visited March 2013
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Southport, United Kingdom
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“Waste of time and money”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Superb architecture but that alone isn't worth the entrance fee as there is basically no museum left - all the exhibits have been moved to the new Mayan museum further out of town. Nice gift shop though.

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San Francisco, California
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“Not worth it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Unless you are going to see a refurbished old home, the museum itself is not worth the look. The effort was there, but little material and actual history.

Visited March 2013
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