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“I learned so much!”

Na Bolom Cultural Centre
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Owner description: The former home of Frans and Trudy Blom, a Danish couple that worked to save the region's forests and native inhabitants, is now the headquarters of a foundation dedicated to continuing their work and also includes a museum.
Reviewed August 14, 2012

It was fascinating to learn about the native people of Chiapas via an organization that is so focused on helping and preserving their culture. There's a documentary that you watch when you walk in (you can even choose if you want to hear it in English or Spanish) and then you get to see some of what you saw in the documentary. Make this one of your first stops in Chiapas so that you can enjoy the rest of your trip with a new understanding of what you're seeing!

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Reviewed August 5, 2012

We walked from our hotel to Na Bolom and arrived at about 11:00 because our guide book indicated that there were 2 tours per day. Upon arrival we found that there is only 1 tour per day at 4:30. We walked around the garden and the courtyard of the house and left. We were unable to return for the tour.

2  Thank tejanagypsy
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Frans Blom (1893-1963) was a Dutch archealogist who dedicated most of his life to studying Mayan sites, culture and especially the Lacandones people who survived largely uncontacted until the 1950s. He met Gertrude "Trudy" Duby (1901-1993) when she traveled to Chiapas in 1943. She was a Swiss journalist and photographer who had studied sociology. They bought the large house at 33 Avenida Vicente Guerrero in 1951.
The house and gardens are open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry costs 40 pesos.
It is northeast of the center of San Cristobal and walkable in 10 minutes from the main square.
Exhibits include pottery, tools and finds from Pre-Hispanic Mayan sites and more recent pottery, tools and clothing of the Lacandones who call themselves "Hach Winik" or True People.
The Bloms were concerned with the survival of these people, their culture and their natural environment. A library at the house, as well as many photographs, is largely kept under lock and key. One room is dedicated to Frans Blom with another to Trudy. Some of their belongings and photographs are on display. A video room shows a film of the Bloms' work.
There are large gardens of native species, with a traditional thatched, mud hut.
There are rooms to stay in the grounds of Na Bolom. A restaurant in the main courtyard serves meals and drinks. Another garden and shop, where entry tickets are sold, is just across the street.

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Maybe a bit too centered on the personality of the explorer Bolom, who played a role in opening up Mayan culture to western science and geographers in the early 20th century, but the museum holds an outstanding collection of local antiquities and continues to aid local indigenous peoples. Although we were not able to attend, the museum sponsors various cultural events... classical music concerts, etc., that look like they would be enjoyable, intimate affairs. Perhaps my favorite bit of take home from the museum was a quote from Mr. Bolom: " What cheers is the end of a mule headed for the bush!"

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Reviewed June 24, 2012

The museum part of Casa Na Bolom provides you with very useful information about the lacondonan people. I recommend a visit here if you are planning to travel Chiapas and the Selva Lacondona.
The museum is not to big and will get started with an introduction movie, then you have the chance to visit some rooms with different topics about Frans Blom, Gertrude Duby and life in the Selva.
The exhibition also includes some beautiful pictures shot by Gertrude Duby.

Thank Zkini
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