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Anthropology and History Museum

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Address: Paseo de Montejo and Calle 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
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This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish...

This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.

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Beautil building with interesting exhbiits

The building alone is worth the visit. That the building now apparently houses different ethnographic and/or historical exhibits makes it doubly worthwhile.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Milford, Nj
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Milford, Nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The building alone is worth the visit. That the building now apparently houses different ethnographic and/or historical exhibits makes it doubly worthwhile.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is filled with so many items of interest, not to mention the mansion itself is quite impressive too.

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Chino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

With no expectations I found the museum very nice. The Guatamalan textile exhibit beautiful and informative. The history of the pre colonial Mayan city T'Ho very interesting. For for artifacts you can go to the newer Museo del Mundo Maya. This was definitely worth the 60 pesos and I paid no fee for taking pictures. Come on! It's only $3.50... More 

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Esteli, Nicaragua
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The building housing the Anthropology and History Museum is stunning, but I wouldn't pay again to go inside. The entrance fee was steep (compared to other museums) and the exhibit was small. The current exhibit was on Mayan Traje (clothing) and it was well done. After having lived and traveled in Guatemala and Central America for a year, my 10-year... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

The museum is, well, a museum. To me it is the building that makes it so special. Wandering about the building is a joy unto itself. The displays are a bonus. Its been a while since I last visited but I do recall being a little annoyed at having to pay an entrance fee. Hopefully that has changed in recent... More 

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Beautiful building, terrible museum, there is not a singe interesting piece. Would not waste my time here.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

As others have said, at least for March, only the Guatemalan textiles were on view. They were/are spectacular, and the display was/is equally fine. The creativity of the designs and colors, and the choices the artists made in terms of color combinations between the color of the background and the colors of the designs, were remarkable. An exhibition of rare... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

There seems to be some confusion over what this museum contains. Last year, a new Mayan Museum was built outside of Merida- all of the Mayan exhibits were moved there. This museum hosts travelling exhibits. In March 2016 it was a beautiful exhibit on Guatemalan Mayan weaving. It's worth stopping in for a look (and some air conditioning) if you're... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

We were looking forward to seeing the archaeological exhibits, but after paying our entrance fee (about 60 pesos each), we found that only the bottom floor was open where they were showing an exhibit on Guatemalan textiles and weaving. While the textile exhibit was interesting, it wasn't what we had gone to see. I asked the guard in the exhibit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

Not really impressed, only took about 15 minutes to tour the whole museum. Very small with only a handful of exhibits, mostly Mayan textiles and clothing. Would definitely skip next time I'm in Merida

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