We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Ultimate adventurers”

Na Bolom Cultural Centre
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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 June 9, 2014

Challenging is the way I would describe that highway to San Cristobal de las Casas today. Imagine a female writer and unexperienced would be adventurer trekking through the mountain jungle passes many years ago to an unknown and hostel land. Bringing their possessions, books and culture to a people unfamiliar with the "outside" world. How brave they must have been. The casa and their legacy live on as if they had just left. An amazing library and artifacts that should probably be in a climatically controlled atmosphere. Interesting gardens. Definitely worth a look.

2  Thank frostychelem
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (433)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

145 - 149 of 433 reviews

Reviewed May 31, 2014

Na Bolom is first of a lovely hacienda, well maintained and pretty. The entrance is cheap. The introductory film is nice, so are the pictures and the rooms with some exibitions. It is not the Louvre but it gives a great insight on how exciting new research must have been in those ages. It is great that the building and its function still exist.

1  Thank Kees_iggy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 24, 2014

This was definitely a highlight to the trip. Many amazing artifacts including the building itself. Small, but still an impressive collection.

Thank joyouswanderer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 20, 2014

I agree with Zdekal's comments; I think some of the other reviewers may have missed the importance of the work done and still being done here, even though the museum is not as commercially impressive as some of the other magnificent attractions in Mexico.
Definitely ask to see the film (with English subtitles) to get a glimpse into 1950 at the lives of archeologist Frans Blom and Gertrude Duby, "a Swiss German journalist who had fought in the resistance of WWII and had come to Chiapas to begin a new life"; as well as the important work they did and are still doing as legacy with the Lacandon Maya, " the only Maya never conquered or converted by the Spanish".
"Casa Na Bolom evolved into a small hotel, attracting guests as notable as Henry Kissinger and Diego Rivera. However, free rooms are [still kept] open for Lacandon Maya who come to San Cristóbal for medical [or commerce] reasons." If you are not staying there, be sure to look into the kitchen and ask to see the guest rooms.
"Trudi Blom became an environmental activist, gravely concerned about the destruction of the jungle. Na Bolom today still supplies free trees for reforestation in Chiapas", and educates young people on the importance of the trees and environment.
Today, " Mayan Indians sell their tapestries in the shaded patio. The garden pathways are lined with the mescal bottles Trudi blamed for Frans' death. The Bloms' adopted daughter, Dona Betty, is in charge of the kitchen. Their adopted Lancandon son, Kayum, often stays at Na Bolom with his family. The Asociación Cultural Na Bolom A.C. perpetuates the work of Frans and Trudi Blom, sponsoring a newsletter, art shows, concerts, exhibits, and other events and projects dedicated to the Lacandon Maya."

2  Thank Anita H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Admirable work of great respect and very nicely living culture center. It will remind you that valuable things are made by people with great effort and struggle for humanism.

For me, this was main highlight of San Cristobal.

Thank Zdekal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Na Bolom Cultural Centre also viewed

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
 
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
 

Been to Na Bolom Cultural Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing