Museo Jtatik Samuel
Museo Jtatik Samuel
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El museo fue creado principalmente para rescatar la memoria historica de los acontecimientos importantes que han marcado al estado de Chiapas y la trayectoria de Monsenor Samuel Ruiz en su intervencion por la defensa de los Derechos Indigenas,Humanos y su larga lucha por la Paz. Un Obispo 100% dedicado por un cambio a las condiciones de esas vidas..
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thomasapratt16
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico29 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
One of the most beautiful spots in San Cristobal it is an important history lesson of Bishop Samuel Ruiz. His contributions to the Zapatista movement and his courage to stand up to those in power needs to be widely known and this museum is the best way to accomplish that. The beautiful and peaceful surroundings are an added bonus to the history lesson
Written September 4, 2016
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cantoncich
Seattle, WA2 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
This is a new, very well designed museum dedicated to the life and work of Don Samuel Ruiz, Catholic Bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas for some 40 years and a world renowned advocate for justice for the indigenous people. He also helped mediate between the government and the Zapatistas in the 90's. The museum chronicles some of the history of the indigenous communities in Chiapas, including a very fascinating piece on the Spaniards' obsession with racial mixtures. We heard from several people that the museum is not included on organized tours because of some business owners' opposition to the positions that Don Samuel took during his years of service, and also because the museum has a policy of not giving tour operators a cut for bringing tourists there. It is easy to get to - a taxi from downtown S. Cristobal costs about 30 pesos, and there are always taxis on the highway (which is the road to San Juan Chamula.) Highly recommended!
Written May 31, 2016
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Alice H
Bisbee, AZ20 contributions
Dec 2015
This museum opened in February, 2015. It is the history most specifically oa a Catholic Bishop who worked for the rights of the multitude of indigenous communities surrounding San Cristobal de las Casas. It is located at the 1.5K marker on the way to San Juan Chamula. Most interesting to me was the two rooms devoted to reproductions of paintings showing the history of all the various mixtures of races and racial "ranking." This is a fascinating story. The building and grounds are also worth a visit. Less interesting to me were all the vestments of Bishop Ruiz; however his story is a contemporary and compassionate one. You will need a cab or collectivo to get there, but it's very easily accessible.
Written January 10, 2016
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Kathleen J
Sunnyvale, CA581 contributions
Feb 2017
The museum is worth a visit just to sit outside on the grounds and enjoy the beauty. We are hoping a small coffee shop and desserts or bread will be set up to enjoy on the grounds as well as attract more people to support the museum. If one has any interest at all in Bartolome de Las Casas, the indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica, Liberation Theology, the Zapatistas and Bishop Ruiz, this museum will have something for you. An excellent printed guide in English is available for those who can't read Spanish. There are a couple of interactive computer game sites that are a fun way to learn [though they weren't working quite as they should.] Allow at least an hour to read and ponder what you are seeing. In another building there are two rooms with paintings that show the 17 or so different 'castes' that existed in colonial Mexico and other countries of South America -- quite a memory game! It's too bad this isn't more publicized and doesn't have more viistors, although it was quite nice for us that during the hour or two we spent looking at exhibits only about 8 people total came through the building.
Written March 21, 2017
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cicimed
52 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a museum in honor of a catholic priest who worked very hard to prevent violence, for the advancement and protection of indigenous people and was also part of the group of people that helped negotiate with the FARC militia group to try and keep peace in the area.
Written May 18, 2022
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Xhico
Mexico City, Mexico188 contributions
Jul 2017
This is a great little stop on the way to Chamula or Zinacantán. The museum is housed on beautiful grounds... even the parking lot was a gorgeous lawn with an abundant garden of flowers in bloom. The museum has great a great exhibit that walks you through the local history of the indigenous people, the Spanish invasion, the establishment of San Cristóbal and the later plight of the locals and the rise of EZLN movement. Outside in the grassy courtyard, there's another parlor dedicated to traditional indigenous fashion from each local community. This is a great introduction for people to se the difference in local "trajes" on the way up the hill where you'll see people proudly dressed in Zinacantán and Chamula.

The entry fee is 50pesos. There is free parking and they have clean bathrooms.
Written July 21, 2017
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JoseVSLM
Mexico City, Mexico72 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
This museum is one of the best kept secrets in San Cristobal de las Casas. It is splendid and vital to understanding the history of Chiapas in the last 50 years together with the story of a great man.
Written June 25, 2017
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moosegrin
East Moline, IL99 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
This is small and creatively done museum details the groundbreaking work that Bishop Ruiz did to honor, respect and include Mayan spirituality into the Chiapas Catholic experience. Don't miss the room that shows the 14 different Mayan traditional clothing styles. Also, another room has paintings that highlight the 26 (yes 26) racial characterizations that the Spanish colonists created to detail who was on top ( of course the Spanish) and who was at the bottom (purebred) Mayans . The museum does have English translations for the displays, just as the guide/ ticket taker for the booklet. This is somewhat outside of center center, but well worth the taxi ride.
Written March 25, 2017
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ROBERT B
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico88 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We were interviewing at a local medical clinic to work there in the future when the director asked if we'd like to see a local museum – what an amazing time – we had no knowledge of the struggle of the indigenous people in the area and the work of Jtatik Samuel– they had a booklet with the translation in English of every exhibit – could've spent hours there if there was a chair to sit in – refreshments and seating outside with amazing landscape
A MUST
Written August 14, 2016
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Dominic A
Vancouver Island, Canada6 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Was very pleased with my experience.
An important immersion into sensitive subjects.
Staff was informative and friendly.
The proceeds go to the indigenous community.
The building and grounds were very beautiful and well kept. It is clear that alot of love gets put into this place.
A very touching experience.
Written May 11, 2023
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