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“Worth a visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Site Museum Ruines de Copan

Site Museum Ruines de Copan
Ruines de Copan, Copan, Honduras
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Copan
Type: History Museums, Museums
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New York City, New York
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

I highly recommend paying a little extra and getting a ticket for the Museum as well. Many of the smaller pieces are there ... and it was stunning to see a replica of one of the major pyramids.

Visited November 2012
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“Fascinating Museum and Quite out of the Ordinary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I bought the package admission fee at the Ruinas de Copan (approx USD 38.00), which included the archaeological site, the tunnels and the museum. I'm glad I did. Coming out of the main entrance to the ruins, about 100 metres away, I saw this unimpressive rectangular building which turned out to be the museum.

First, the entrance to the museum is a replica of one of the pyramid tunnels. Then, as you come out of the tunnel, you get hit by sunlight and the sight of the Rosalia Temple (a replica) in full glory. The museum is built as an atrium which gave the temple and the surrounding exhibits a lot of natural lighting providing an excellent view of the exibits.

The museum is full of sculptures, stone work, stellae, friezes, parts of the pyramids found in Copan and surrounding areas. The information boards were detailed and provided good explanation about the pieces, what they represented, era, what they were for. I haven't really read much about the Mayan civilization, but the museum gave me a feel of what it was like

Another thing, since the exhibits were "heavy" literally (as they are all in stone) and in theme (Mayan culture seems to be pretty dramatic), there is a lightness to the museum so that one does not feel overwhelmed by the "heaviness." The theme is fascinating and the museum doesn't feel so museum-like..

Visited October 2012
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Surrey, Canada
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I'm not much of a museum person but some of the displays were pretty interesting. The big red building was pretty impressive and there was an original stela from way back when

Visited October 2012
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“Great Site Preservation and Informative Displays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Preserving ruins in situ is always problematic. For example, putting a huge awning or ramada over delicate site materials really distracts from the experience of the site. At the Copan site, their approach was to remove delicate sculptures and heiroglyph panels and preserve them in a huge, two story, open-air sculpture museum. There the originals are tastefully displayed with well-written descriptions and explanations (or hypotheses). At the site per se, there are excellent reproductions, indistinguishable to my naked eye (I'm a retired archaeologist from Southern California). A long, reflective visit to the sculpture museum will surely enrich your understanding and appreciation of the Mayan civilization in general and the Copan site in particular.

Visited October 2012
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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“Definitely worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The museum doesn't take long to get around but gives you a good idea of what the Copan site holds. The scale model of the Rosa Lila temple is a good foundation for the visit. My husband isn't big on ruins or museums, but he also enjoyed visiting, the day after we visited the ruins site itself.

Visited September 2012
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