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“Museum is no longer in hotel district” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano

Museo de Arte Popular Mexicano
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$129.00*
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Xcaret from Riviera Maya
Ranked #95 of 141 things to do in Cancun
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Cape Porpoise, ME
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Museum is no longer in hotel district”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2010

After a fruitless search, we found that the museum is now part of Xcaret, which might well be a worthwhile attraction, but is hardly accessible easily from the hotel district.

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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Edgewater, MD
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2007

The Museo is a small museum at km 4 on Boulevard Kulkulcan in Cancun (near the giant Mexican flag). It is well worth a visit. This is a collection of popular art. There are collections of musical instruments, containers made from gourds, kitchen utensils, masks, toys, figures dressed in costumes from various regions, and tree of life sculptures.

I liked the way similar items are grouped in collections. It allows you to compare different styles of art. I particular liked the gourd collection. Some are painted, some are enameled, some are covered in beads. Some are made into the shapes of animals.

Visitors are provided with an audio guided tour on cassette in either English or Spanish. The audio tour is great although it is sometimes difficult to find the objects being described.

Perhaps the most impressive section are the tree of life sculptures. Some of these are huge pieces with hundreds and probably thousands of individually hand crafted pieces. A number of them incorporate Mexican national themes: angels with wings the colors of the Mexican flag, the eagle killing the snake, the Virgin of Guadaloupe, skeletons from the Day of the Dead.

My favorite piece was the sculpture of "the last supper" where the participants are all mermaids eating watermelon.

A visit to the Museo is great fun!!!!

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Enjoyed myself!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2005

This is a nice place to spend a few hours. This small Museum has so much culture in it. Check out some of my favorite pieces at the Museo de Arte.

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