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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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Interesting collection of masks when we visited

Another gorgeous building on Paseo Montejo. Exhibitions change periodically, but are always interesting.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Merida, Mexico
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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another gorgeous building on Paseo Montejo. Exhibitions change periodically, but are always interesting.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here on a workshop/field trip with my spanish teacher. The building is a beautiful and architecturally interesting historic mansion. While I was there the main exhibit was masks of central america. It was complete and well displayed with informative signage in spanish and english. At a leisurely pace we saw everything in about 2 hours. It's a worthy stop... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

This is not a huge museum. The entire place was taken up with the current temporary exhibition of masks. There were masks from all over the world but most of the ones on display were Mexican. It was very interesting. The building itself is very impressive! It was built in the early 20th century as a private home. Perhaps mansion... More 

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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We visited this museum with friends in August, 2016. The exhibit at the time was one pertaining to primitive masks from around the world. Very interesting exhibit, and the museum itself was beautiful. It was, at one time, a single family home of a prominent historical person whose name I cannot remember...sorry. Well worth a visit.

Thank Brian S
Northampton, England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

This is the older of the two state museums. It's located towards the bottom of Paseo Montejo in one of the old colonial houses. The building is very impressive and the exhibition of masks is very interesting, but unless you're in your 50s and really hark back to the times when museums would shush children and stop anyone touching anything,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

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

Thank fossil1
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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