Museum Rio Cuale
Museum Rio Cuale
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Rekon
Los Angeles, CA385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
I was doing some late shopping around the Rio Cuale area when I noticed a bridge that was going from side of the river to an alley full of shops. We kept walking when we came across this museum. We went in and we noticed that it was free: The only requirement was to sign a guest book. The museum is very small. It will take under an hour tops to appreciate most of the exhibits. One piece of information that I really was awe by was learning of the existence of an ancient civilization called the Purépechas. I did not know about the existence of this group of ancient people that dominated the region around Lake Pátzucuaro, becoming an formidable adversary and successfully rivaling the might of the Aztecs. They actually held the expansion of the Aztecs in the region. All of the displays are tastefully displayed and I really enjoyed going and learning something new about history from this great Country. It is not the Smithsonian of Washington D.C. Despite its size; it packs a powerful punch. I will visit again the next time I am in Puerto Vallarta.
Written July 19, 2014
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Tedravelstheworld
Nassau, NY91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
With all the tourist money flowing into Peurto Vallarta you would think that an Anthropological Museum would be a big thing here. With all the people coming in for golf sun and the sea museums are not a priority. They would rather go to the Whitlow and buy computer generated masterpieces. Yes this Museum is free and they ask that you sign in, but you can drop a donation in the box near the guest book. Like most cultural venues this museum is existing only because someone cares. Just like the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, they are funded by people outside the country with interest in the subject.

The labels pointed out some inaccurate information about the Petroglyphs that is given in the Vallarta Adventures tour. Most tourist do not read the labels. Having worked in Museums you sometimes have to dumb down the signage for the average visitor.

This is an interesting site for people who want to learn about the country they are visiting.
Written March 10, 2015
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Beverly J
New England131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
Let's face it: there's not much to do but swim and eat when you're at the beach. Thus, this small museum is a great diversion when you want to get out of the sun for a little while and learn something about the indigenous peoples of Western Mexico. A good collection of artifacts, mainly pottery.
Written March 22, 2014
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Bertram K B
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
A beautiful little nest of culture and history in the heart of PV. I loved the ceramic depiction of the couple cuddling and their discussion of traditional clothing. These artifacts really brought local history to life for me. If you are not a history buff or an artist, you might find this museum a tad dry. Most (but not all) of the exhibit texts are in English. However, if you are curious about the longer cultural history of the PV region or are looking for artistic inspiration I highly recommend it!
Written January 4, 2014
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Paulshappy
Courtenay, Canada4,157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
We visited early April and the Museum was closed and shuttered. We looked through the windows and all the displays had been removed. There was one workman inside the building, but no signs or info on what has happened to the museum. We also asked some local vendors along the Isla Cuale Market, but no one seemed to know what was happening. Hopefully it'll re-open.
Written May 2, 2017
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James M
Sterling Heights, MI246 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
This is a very small museum of history. It's air conditioned and feels great during a hot shopping trip down the Cuale river. If you just look at the exhibits you will be out in a few minutes. However if you ask the staff a few questions, you can spend a lot of time here.You can make a small contribution as you exit since this is a free exhibit.
Written January 22, 2016
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dallasbobtex
dallas, texas2,648 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
The title pretty much says it all, but I would recommend a visit if you are nearby (on the Isla Cuale). I went away with more questions than answers about the people who lived in this area before the Spanish conquest. With a ready-made audience of tourists, the town could do a better job of exhibiting its culture.
Written September 5, 2013
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Winter W
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The building is so small that it’s hardly to be noticed, but once stepping in, you’ll see a history of more than 400 years. With introduction in both Spanish and English, the exhibition traces back to 1564 when the earliest Pacific-cross commercial trading route was being established between Acapulco and the Philippines, and the subsequent expansion from China and other European countries to the New Spain. A wonderful surprise is the small collection of artifacts from several hundred years ago, including a bronze figure from China, porcelain vases and other tableware from China, Japan, England, and paintings and figurines of Virgin Mary. The introduction is brief yet detailed that gives a starting point for people who are interested in this history and want to explore further. Most people don’t even know the existence of this nice little museum, only discover it accidentally while passing by, so it will be a worthwhile thing to do to spread the word and let more people know about it and learn some history about Mexico as well as the world. Go and visit, you'll get a wonderful surprise too.
Written September 20, 2019
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DCDoctor
Cincinnati, OH132 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Museum website is up, but the facility is closed. Was told that although there is a sign noting “closed for renovations” dated 2015, that the museum is permanently closed.
Written February 19, 2018
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terrynkathy
Mismaloya, Mexico645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Staff is friendly accomodating and willing to explain the exhibits. You only need a few minutes to walk through unless you want to study artifacts.
Written January 9, 2016
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