City Museum of Merida
City Museum of Merida
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Merida's City Museum is located in the renovated Correo (Post Office) building, just next to the city mercado. On the first floor are exhibits about the many-faceted history of the city of Merida, from its birth as the Mayan city of T'ho, to the Spanish conquest by Francisco Montejo, the henequen boom of the early 20th century and current renaissance as the center of culture and commerce of the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Lee M
Tampa, FL255 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Great way to get out of the heat. Laid back staff who let you be. Free. Not a great deal to see but interesting stuff nonetheless. Will get some background on history of the city and some famous people. Right by very well used square and the great Galvez market.
Written May 13, 2022
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James P
Los Angeles, CA204 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is an extremely hectic area, so it is interesting to see a museum of the history of the city of Merida, from its days as the Maya site of T'Ho to the present.
Written March 20, 2020
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Marcus D
Atlanta621 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Watch out! Slippery steps. While walking up the marble stairs, one of our friends slipped and badly bruised (luckily not broken) her leg. She limped for hours. This building is from 1892. Its two floors have 27+ murals painted by Fernando Castro Pacheco. He started om 1971 and continued for 7 years. They depict Mayan life with farmers, families, priests and temples. But life changed drastically after the Spanish conquest. Those murals indicated slavery, abuse, torture. Another represents struggle between good and evil. There is one mural that greatly disturbed us. It showed greedy business men holding bags of coins. But the symbolic character paintings had a very antisemitic look. It reminded us of those gross demeaning Nazi Germany propaganda paintings depicting Jews as lesser humans. Our guide said that was certainly not the purpose of these particular paintings on the second floor, but---you decide.
Written February 2, 2020
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londoner_in_yucatan
Merida, Yucatan2,073 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The City Museum (Calle 65 & 54) is now located in a restored buiding that for almost 100 years served as the main post office. They've done a good job of restoring it, along with the handcrafts market that runs along its side. The walk from the Zocalo to the CM only takes 5-10 mins. There's no on street parking, so if you come by car, use one of the many public parking lots.

The CM effectively presents the history of Merida from its pre-Hispanic roots to the present day. Most of the information is presented in English & Spanish. You'll learn about the growth of the city under Spanish rule, the War of the Castes, the amazing wealth that hennequin brought, the various waves of immigration, among many other things.

Our tour took about 40 mins & my daughter (9) remained entertained, even though there's nothing hands-on. The building is air-conditioned & never crowded with visitors. The staff are very friendly. Entrance is free. A brief visit will help tourists get more out of their stay in the city.
Written January 8, 2008
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Karen
Merida, Mexico714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Okay. This won't be the best museum you have ever been to. But it does its best to give an overview of our city and it is also free. The interior is a bit dated. The are some pre-Colombian artefacts as well as a few artefacts about the postal system (this building was the first post office in the city I believe). Go up to the second floor to see what is usually a pretty great art exhibit by local artists. The museum scientists sometimes find creative ways to hang the art. I live locally and stop in here every few months to see what they have going on. It's a few blocks from Plaza Grande in a very crowded part of town.

The staff is very friendly. Sign in and walk around. There are three floors.
Written June 19, 2023
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Rudolfo212
New York City, NY53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Free museum a little out of the way. Gives basic history with some English translation. If you have extra time it is informative but not required.
Written February 20, 2020
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Maureen H
Chicago, IL34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Fascinating little museum. Be sure you have Google translate installed on your phone. When we were there, there was a temporary exhibit on merida’s Carnaval. No English provided, but we muddled by with Google and it was very interesting.
Written December 29, 2019
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danackerman
Columbus, OH33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
First tip. The entrance is on the east face. There are several other entrances in the building but the only entrance to the museum is on the east side. It’s an easy walk from the main square and you will get to see the real Mérida with local shops and activities.
The museum is small but does have some interesting pieces. All in all worth the walk.
Written March 3, 2019
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Grace S
Progreso, Mexico13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
This wonderful old city with its Spanish influence is great spot to enjoy Meridian Culture.
The ongoing street festivities are never ending and add so much to the atmosphere.
Written December 1, 2014
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Miguel
Merida, Mexico2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The place is pretty, there are art expositions some days when there is an event, and where there is not the museum itself is open for you to visit. 4 out of 5 because the zone around it isnt that nice
Written March 3, 2024
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