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Anthropology and History Museum

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

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Northampton, England
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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.

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Thank fossil1
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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 

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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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