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“Keep the politics out of the museum”

Mayan Medicine Museum
Copan, Honduras
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76 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Keep the politics out of the museum”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

There were five rooms of the museum. Pick up your English translation when you pay the 25 peso entry fee. I read the translation while waiting for the childbirth video in Spanish finish. The English version followed immediately afterwards. The dioramas in the rooms were interesting but could have used some further explanations. There were multiple groups of candles of different colors and lengths with no explanation of their use.

Then came the politics about the bad Estadios Unidas and the Zapatistas defending the indigenous way of life. This I could have done without, having had it presented to me many times before and especially now in a museum.

Yes, it is an easy walk from the center of town.

Visited June 2013
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Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“healing methodes - more then medicine”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

i would say it's more about the different healing methodes then about 'medicine' how i would use the therm.
at the entrence i got a perfect translation into german (i guess in other languages too). the video is nice! the rest is small, cute and worthwhile to see. there is also a garden with names and explaining some effects and which part is used.
you also can arrange a doctors consultation ( with herbal treatment).
and they have some volunteer work for the garden and sometimes workshops.

Visited April 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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151 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Small, quirky and interesting”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We loved this funky little museum, located on the outskirts of town. The displays are attractive; the dioramas in particular are surprisingly sophisticated. While the signage is in Spanish, you are given an English version in a handbook (which you must return) that is surprisingly informative. Equally informative is the 15-minute video about Mayan childbirth practices. Outside is a pleasant little garden with medicinal herbs. Overall, well worth a visit, though you probably won't want to stay more than an hour.
Tip: some guidebooks say you can walk from the center of town, which is true if you want to walk through a loud, congested, trash-strewn market in the thick of traffic. For $2.50 you can easily find a cab to take you there.

Visited March 2013
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TX
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189 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A glimpse into ancient tradition”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Considering their small and limited budget, The museum gives you a glimpse into a very important element of health care in the region. Traditional Medicine. There are some Documentaries and samples of the ancient botanical tradition. Along with other displays that help understand the culture.

Visited March 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Idea is great, execution leaves to be desired”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We took the walk from the centre with good hopes based on the description in Lonely Planet. Thesubject is very interesting and deserves its own museum, but the execution can be better. Especially the garden should be better maintained and the pharmacy and drying room deserve more attention.

Visited March 2013
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