Mayan Museum of Cancun
Mayan Museum of Cancun
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A rare cultural find in Zona Hotelera, this contemporary museum houses important Mayan artifacts excavated from Quintana Roo and the surrounding Yucatan region.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Lisa C
    Hobart, Indiana7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring your bug spray!
    It was hot with lots of mosquitos. I wish they had more signs in English inside the museum. The walk outside was hot and buggy but the pyramid was worth it, as were the numerous iguana sightings. I enjoyed it. If you are into Mayan history, it's worth it. if you're not, you probably wouldn't enjoy it.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Gregory E
    Walt Disney World, Florida7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great easy place to see Mayan artifacts.
    I love Mayan history so it was a special experience to see artifacts for my first time. Chitzen Itza came next day. I love the low crowds just a sprinkling of people. Well worth the time especially if the temps are below searing level like I endured.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Fennec
    Toronto, Canada248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesoamerican History minutes away from your resort.
    Incredible to believe the entry is only 12$US. There is so much to read and learn. So much mesoamerican history oozing from the walls and displays. We were lucky enough to be there when they had the Humo Sagrado (Sacred Smoke) art display. It was moving artwork with thought provoking pieces. Pack your mosquito repellent because you'll need it for your walk through the archeological paths. The pyramids and structures may be small compared to what youll see on Tulum or Chichen Itza, but they are just as mighty in man-made marvel.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • Mike X
    Chicago, Illinois3,596 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're in the area
    Really small couple of exhibits that you'll be in and out of within 30 minutes. Downstairs is actually some ruins to check out. If you're in the area already, might be a nice detour but it may not be worth an Uber ride just to see it.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Amanda226
    San Francisco, California47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem of a Museum in Cancun Hotel Zone! Bring Bug Spray
    This museum is located right in the Hotel Zone of Cancun among the resorts, and is absolutely worth the trip! It is an unassuming place and not a large museum, but it only costs 90 pesos per person (~$5 American) for entry and is worth so much more! It takes about 1.5 hours to go through and includes amazing colorful statues of mythical creatures and an outdoor trail where you can see historic Mayan ruins. There is a pyramid and several foundations. Unlike at Chichen Itza and Tulum (both of which we visited as well and loved), this museum features the houses of "regular" Mayan citizens, which I had not seen before. You can see and go very close to their steps and cooking areas, among other things, and see how the other half lived! Just a warning: Since the trail is basically through tropical rainforest, bring bug spray, as the mosquitoes were very bad. However, it didn't dent our enjoyment! Also visit the gift shop, which is full of truly unique gifts that aren't the standard "souvenirs" you can get down the street at the flea market.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • John F
    Pasadena, Maryland20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cancun’s Mayan Museum - Do not miss this gem.
    Very well curated museum in the middle of the hotel district. Quite surprised at how large the property was, given the surrounding commercialization of the entire city. Nice examples of artifacts over time. Amazing to see the cultural growth of the civilization. The outside ruins were fantastic—- do not skip. Pathway was fairly easy to navigate. Just watch out for the iguanas sunbathing wherever they please. Some were quite big. Small gift shop. Not much there of interest. Plan on around 2-3 hours for your visit, more if you’re really interested in Mayan culture. Easy to get to from within the hotel zone. You can use either the R1 or R2 bus that comes by every 5 min. Cheap at 12 mxn pesos/pp per trip.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Jaime RW
    Baltimore, Maryland75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the $ for history lesson & walk amongst ruins
    Great little museum! Inside has lots of artifacts from around the region - clay pots, ornate jade jewelry, incense/funeral items, large blocks w carvings, statues, etc. - signs under each artifact are in Spanish, but major signage plaques at each area are in both English and Spanish so you can understand the history/artifact descriptions in each section. The history of the civilizations timelines and maps were fascinating. $5usd entrance free very worth it. We took the bus down from N Cancún, very easy to navigate and museum was steps away from bus stop. Bus cost 12 pesos. The grounds outside were pleasant to walk through, there’s a path through the tropical forest that winds through the ruins discovered in that area, a very nice meandering walk amongst gorgeous foliage. There are huge kapok trees everywhere, grounds are meticulously kept. The way they efficiently rake the leaves around the paths reminded us of a Japanese zen garden.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 18, 2024
  • Val M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great find
    Lovely little museum which helped us understand the history of the Mayan civilisation and culture. Great grounds, lots of great exhibits and really affordable entry fee. Walking distance from our hotel in the Cancun Hotel Zone
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Paul B
    Hamilton, Canada5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A terrific little day trip
    This is a small but very worthwhile museum. It has a wonderful collection of Mayan artefacts with explanatory panels that give you some insight into the amazing history and culture of this once great civilization. After the museum, you should take the walk to the ruins of San Miguelito. It’s not very long, but it’s very interesting The cost to enter the museum and the ruins is low and the service people in the little gift shop are very nice. It’s easy to take public transit from the city or the Hotel Zone to the museum and the cost is only 10 pesos! An interesting and informative little day trip!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Companion448792
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go after a trip to El Rey or just see the ruins there!
    We found a local tour guide who took my family to the ruins at El Rey before heading to the museum. I had no idea there would be more ruins right on the grounds. There is a very clear slightly raised and shaded path and they just get more impressive with each turn. Inside we found some artifacts from El Rey that our guide had told us about while there. Combining the two and going with someone knowledgeable made all the difference and my 8 year old twins learned so much. We found him thru his Instagram: adriancaveguide
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 27, 2024
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Hannah-Marie C
Wolverhampton, UK447 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful local museum full of interesting facts/historical information relating to the original Mayan culture/history. Only small in size with both inside/outside exhibits - historical architecture, stone buildings/settlements, clay/pottery pieces, beaded jewellery items and sabertooth skeletons. We really enjoyed our visit, the whole museum only takes a few hours (1-3 hours total) for both internal/external exhibits. It costs 90 pesos per person and is well worth the cost. Wish that more of the inside items/exhibits had the information in both English and Spanish - however most or the external exhibit information and bigger historical history is translated in English. You can use Google translate to gather more individual information, however being honest while exploring the outside exhibits both myself and my partner were bitten loads by midges/insects and so were quite inpatient when exploring inside exhibits due to being uncomfortable! Would definitely recommend fellow travellers to ensure they have mosquito/insect repellent on when visiting despite this being in the early morning around 9:30am. There are also plenty of seating points/benches in the outside exhibits if individuals need to take regular breaks due to poor mobility as well as plenty of natural wildlife residing here. We managed to spot plenty of iguanas, lizards, birds and a few snakes; which we really enjoyed!
Written May 17, 2023
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MNMAVERIC
Lakeville, MN105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Great stop for your morning or afternoon if you are looking for something to do that is outside your resort but not far on travel or time. This location is steps away from popular resorts like Hotel Emporio, Royal Uno, Seadust, and The Royal Islander. It is also right across the street from a shopping complex, excursions park, and gas station.

The fee to get in is very small, I think it was like $4-5 a person when we visited. Inside access includes a small museum that showcases a sampling of Mayan artifacts with a good amount of historic narrative woven in as well as a small art gallery featuring local artists.

Outside, you find a couple of trails spread throughout what used to be a Mayan community complex. You will see ruins that show a few government buildings, living quarters, and a small stair step temple occupied by the Mayans at one point in time. Be on the lookout for local fauna - lots of reptiles and birds make this little sanctuary home. The outside paths are shaded by a small little forest that makes it feel like you are in the middle of the Yucatan jungle instead of the Cancun strip.

Great stop for families and those who are looking too add a little adventure to the usual pool/beach/buffet Cancun vacation.
Written April 19, 2022
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Rohit R
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
The exhibits are all explained only in Spanish. There is no audio guide available that would take one through the museum and explain everything. And even the Spanish explanations are pretty brief. If you don’t know Spanish, I’d recommend not going or if you still want to check it out, you need to use Google Translate or some such software that can translate images in real time.
Written September 4, 2022
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Kim R
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The museum has some really great artifacts and gives you a sense of what they used during their lives. There are a lot of plagues that are in Spanish and English and you are allowed to used your phone camera to take pictures. The San Miguelito ruins were very impressive and my time in Cancun was short so being able to see some ruins were at the top of my list without having to go on an excursion. The mangrove trees were also cool to look at.
Written January 4, 2020
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Annijatravels
Dublin, Ireland111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This museum offers an insight of art and life of different cultures that lived in Mexico, including Mayans. The museum is easy to navigate and showcases some stunning artifacts that are not to be missed. Also, the price is very reasonable, and the museum can be reached easily anywhere from the hotel zone by hopping on a bus. The gift shop also has some unique souvenirs for a fraction of the price you would get anywhere in the hotel zone.
The St Migelito archeological site located beside the museum (included in the entrance fee) is a must see. The forest, ruins and the peaceful atmosphere around the site makes you feel like you have taken a journey back in time.
Written January 5, 2023
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Barbara H
State College, PA188 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
After vising El Rey (a few thousand feet down the road), we took about an hour to walk through this museum and visit the on-site ruins. Unfortunately, they didn't have museum maps except at the gift shop (for a fee), which we didn't discover until we were leaving, so we didn't really know what was available and where. There were multiple Mayan exhibits grouped by age and predating the Spanish arrivals, along with some artwork by Mexican artists. Many of the exhibits only had descriptions in English, and there weren't any docents around to explain what we were looking at. The ruins DID have both English and Spanish explanations on plaques, which helped. It was interesting, but overall, it was a small museum that only had a couple of rooms of Mayan artifacts.

But if you're tired of lounging by a pool or on a beach, it makes a good break. Not appropriate for children, though.
Written May 22, 2022
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Amy M
San Pedro, Belize145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is gem full of history and culture removing you from the touristy world just outside of its walls. As you walk up the spiral ramp to the exhibit area you will begin to enter the fauna that was once all over Cancun. You will hear birds native to the area and see beautiful trees and plants. Inside of the museum you will walk through the Mayan history . Don’t miss the video on the evolving culture of the cities and how Tulum and Chichen Nitza are entertwined with the history of the Yucatán. This is a little gem in the center of a very busy tourist area In the museum you will see many examples of the Maya culture and history thrn outside you will experience a walk through the archeological
Site during which you will not be aware of the modern world just outside if it’s mangrove and almond tree walls. Archeological relics lines the cases. Some are in English & Spanish. A guide pamphlet can be purchased in the library for a small fee. rate. After the museum exhibits exit though the Archeological site San Miguelito and take a walk through the fauna. Many native birds and plants can be seen as well as a number of iguanas. The well worn walking path guides one through a Classical Mayan site 1100- 1250.
Written March 27, 2023
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB4,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This museum is located in the Hotel Zone in Cancun and was right near my hotel. They have some intriguing and beautiful pottery and sculptures from various Mayan cities in the region. The pottery pieces are incredibly well-preserved and sophisticated.
The building which houses the museum is rather attractive: it was designed by architect Alberto García Lascurain and was inaugurated in 1982. It only costs $80 MXN (about $4 US) to enter.
Beside the exhibits on display in the museum, you also gain access to The San Miguelito Archaeological Zone, which contains some Mayan ruins. I think the whole place is worth a visit if you’re interested in adding a little culture to your Cancun vacation.
Written March 26, 2021
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kelly m
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
great exhibits of Mayan artifacts and history. after the building you can walk and see some ruins on site you can learn much more in this place about all this culture and the ticket was only $5.00 Be sure to use bug spray for the ruins walk which is short and easy. Anyone can do this.
Written November 21, 2022
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Darlene R
Succasunna, NJ54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The museum is small and you can walk through within 30/40 minutes, depending on your level of interest. We enjoyed the displays . It’s very clean and well maintained. There are employees throughout to answer questions. The only issue was the descriptions were in Spanish. We used google translate and it worked out well .
After you exit the museum, there is a garden with some ancient ruins . It’s relatively small , but very interesting. We came across a few very large iguanas on the path . They didn’t move so we just walked around them lol . There are a lot of mosquitoes so I recommend using repellent.
Written September 9, 2022
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