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Anthropology and History Museum

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Address: Avenida Paseo de Montejo 43, Merida 97000, Mexico
Phone Number: 9999230557

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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I can go inside!

This huge home converted to a museum is open to the public. The cost is minimal and the inside is a remarkable example of the "good times"life in Merida. The masquera display was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I must say I was somewhat disappointed in this museum. I expected to see far more about anthropology in Mexico. The exhibit on masks was interesting but quite frankly was not what I had expected. If you have lots of time, it might be worth a visit but I think there are more interesting things in the area to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This huge home converted to a museum is open to the public. The cost is minimal and the inside is a remarkable example of the "good times"life in Merida. The masquera display was full of tradition and belief. I left with an understanding of the differences and reasons for them and the cultural significance they had. Air conditioning is very... More 

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Santa Elena, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

See the history of the Maya....in the most beautiful converted mansion! I especially loved the textiles, and the evolution of Maya fabrics and embroidery. On the evening of the White Night the street was alive! And the museum was free from 6PM till 2AM!

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Milford, Nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 July 13, 2016

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 

Thank Deborah S
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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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 

Thank Daniel T
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.

Thank MattClaire097
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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