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“fossilized resin from jurassic park?” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo del Ambar

Museo del Ambar
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Owner description: This small amber museum has a cheap gift shop with various objects made from amber.
Ciudad de México
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109 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“fossilized resin from jurassic park?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

Yes in Chiapas you can find natural traditional medication, jungles an ancient culture of Mayas, but in the city of San Cristobal you finally discover in the Museo del ambar, that its soil is natural source of cheap amber, where the amazing blood from ancient trees has been deposit like a yellow transparent gold, by the way two blocks ahead from downtown San Cristobal, in the amber museum by walking through several windows in the time you can trace the origin of this valuable material. Beside in the streets of San Cristobal you can find shops where you can get at affordable prices, handicrafts of necklaces, bracelets, and other jewels. You might not find a seed of life like in the Jurasic Park, but certainly you will find a gift to your relatives.

Visited December 2013
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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“Amazing collection...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

Beautiful collection of carved pieces - miniature sculptures... I began to truly appreciate ambar in a new way. Great scientific collection (fossils, fossilized insects as well.

Visited June 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Quite impressive!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

Worth your time and 20 pesos pp... Lots to see and good explanations in franc/english/spanish on how amber is mined. The exhibits are well presented, some examples are quite impressive to say the least. Hope this review was helpful!!!

Visited May 2014
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San Diego, California
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful carved amber”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

The great thing about many of the museums in San Cristóbal is that you can see 2 or 3 of them in one day, without feeling overwhelmed, because they are compact exhibits that you can see in one hour. Such is the case with the Amber Museum ( Museo del Ámbar), as well as the jade and cacao museums. The museum covers the origins, history, extraction, polishing and carving of amber in an interesting and concise way. They have around 300 -350 pieces of amber that you can admire, some with magnifying glasses or loupes so you can appreciate the insects inside or the finely carved details. They have a short video presentation that shows the polishing and carving of the pieces that they have for sale in the museum store. Some people on TA have remarked that the lighting was inadequate, but I feel it lends a certain warm, amber glow to the whole exhibit and rather liked it. I was never told about not taking pictures and took a few. The museum is located in the Ex-Convento de la Merced, the convent was founded by 4 Mercedarian friars in 1537. Then after being abandoned in 1859 it was used as military quarters, then as a municipal jail from 1963 to 1993. Worth an hour of your time!

Visited November 2013
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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“I learned a lot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

I admit that this was my first visit to an amber museum or any museum dealing with rocks, minerals, stuff coming out on the ground. So in that case it was a great learning experience and only have it to compare to. The displays of raw and polished pieces, explanations of how it forms and is collected, and demonstrations of pieces being worked on were very informative. I has no problems with picture taking. Good explanation of how to tell real from knock-off amber in the marketplace.

Visited February 2014
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