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Address: 572, Calle 59 (between calles 72 and 74), Merida, Mexico
Phone Number: +52 917 880 8587
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Wonderful display of Catherwood's lithographs in a charming house

Wonderful to discover by chance that this place exists. Frederick Catherwood made magnicent coloured sketches of major Maya sites in 1841. Although Casa Catherwood does not seem... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 4, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2016

First off, we didn't actually get to see anything. Before heading there we decided to do some research both on their official website and on tripadvisor. The website said that the displays were free. I read on tripadvisor that some people were duped into paying. We decided to give it a try and see how it went. There is no... More 

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Ashland, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2016

The spa owner downstairs lied about the rooms being closed upstairs for the exhibit although the sign said open. She told us to come back tomorrow and the same sign said open, but she "got the key for us". Strange. Upon leaving she acted really suspicious even though we didn't try to leave without contacting her first. She demanded money... More 

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Long Beach, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

it's true that there isn't much here (only two mostly bare rooms), but the pages from Catherwoods illustrations are so wonderful to look at that it was worth it to me. Empty when we went so it was nice and leisurely looking over everything. It was like having your own private collection

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Merida, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2015

Based upon what I had read in advertisements my expectations were high and were not met. The building is in disarray, the staff were uninformed and what we thought were the main display rooms were all locked although the main doors were open

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2015

Wonderful to discover by chance that this place exists. Frederick Catherwood made magnicent coloured sketches of major Maya sites in 1841. Although Casa Catherwood does not seem to have any direct connection with him, it displays in two rooms these very significant illustrations, which did much to put the Maya "on the map". Entrance fee 50 pesos. Well worth the... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2015 via mobile

I would suggest that before viewing this wonderful collection of lithographs by Catherwood and the travel diaries written By Stephens, that you spend some quality time traveling the PUCC region south of Merida. Besides viewing lithographs of Copan there are many other ruins that the two draw and write about that are right in this area.... Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Kabah,... More 

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Seattle WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you've read John Lloyd Steven's "Incidents of Travel..." you shouldn't miss seeing Catherwood's hand-colored lithographs displayed in this small, unassuming space.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2013

What a lovingly restored property! A nice little find in the city dedicated to Catherwood's Mayan depictions. The store had some really great items too. Glad I went! Across from an authentic Mexican farmer's market too, where we picked up great some great local food as well.

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Copper Mountain, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

Catherwood did the illustrations for Steven's books in the 1840s. This small museum on the 2nd floor of a lovely house contains a set of his later colored etchings. If you are a fan of the books, these are terrific. First floor has a surprisingly nice, upscale, gift shop,and you can purchase nice smaller copies of the etchings. A true... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

A fantastic little museum of just over 20 of Catherwood's etchings, with accompanying insightful commentary from contemporary anthropologists/archaeologists. The etchings are a rare snapshot from a lost time, lending a romantic, nostalgic air to ruins that today can seem a little too tidy and neatly packaged for tourists. Visit the museum after the ruins to compare the etchings with your... More 

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