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“Nice little museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museo de la Isla de Cozumel

Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
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Ranked #43 of 158 things to do in Cozumel
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Owner description: This small museum delineates the rich history of Cozumel: a must for first time visitors who want to become more familiar with the island's people and culture.
2 reviews
“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had a nice time at this quaint local museum. Nice historical displays about history of museum. Mayan hut set up to show how they lived. Natural history display about environment and wildlife a bit lacking, could use an update. Lovely art work including pieces from a local art competition. Many nice pieces of wildlife, especially sea turtles.

Would recommend avoiding the restaurant at the museum. See our review and experience of restaurant.

Visited April 2014
Thank Thomas S
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Greenwood, Indiana
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“My wife and her families favorite breakfast spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2014

I go to Cozumel to dive. My wife and in-laws do not so after i get on the dive boat each morning they walk to the el Museo as they call it. They have great food and service. I have been there with them a few times such as on the day we are to fly out and I cannot dive. I find that what they say is true.

Visited December 2013
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Austin, Texas
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“Excellent Museum in Cozumel: Museo de la Isla de Cozumel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

Although we had read that there was a museum in Cozumel, we are history buffs and did not expect to find much in a tourist town. While walking along the main street by the water, we saw the museum and decided to check it out. We were surprised at what an excellent museum it is and at all the artifacts they have as well as maps and explanations of the history, not only of Cozumel, but of the Maya and the Spanish invasion and conquest. (No point in being politically correct because that's what happened.) The signage is well done in English and Spanish and provided us with additional information that we had not seen in our previous studies of the Spanish conquests. Although I studied Maya Civilization in college, I learned a lot that has been discovered since then and got more specific geographical information with excellent maps. Photography is allowed, but as with any museum, it is not permitted, nor should you ever try to use flash as that degrades artifacts, particularly maps and organic objects.

One feature that we really liked what we initially thought were exhibits by local artists of their work in the lobby. However, after we asked the man at the ticket booth where we could find these artist's shops as we were interested in buying some of their work, he said the objects on display were for sale. We bought some of the objects as we had looked at many shops and found these objects to be much better quality and a good price compared to other shops in town. There is a restaurant up stairs that looks out over the water, but we didn't have time to eat nor drink there as we had stayed longer in the museum than we had planned. But in looking out, the view was very nice.

Visited August 2013
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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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“Very Nice Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a nice little museum in what appears to be a former grand hotel with a huge staircase; bi-lingual throughout, nice local display on carnival when I visited, ship models, displays and information on the animals, reefs, and ecocycles, some history of the island, along with guns, canons, the usual. Well worth the modest admission. My only criticism is that the gift shop could have more English language books; what the island needs is a good couple of Mexican or local cook books in English and some local history, such as the Caste Wars. A real must see. I did not visit, but at least one US citizen that lives on the island recommended the restaurant on the roof, which was having a Valentine's day package when we were viasiting.

Visited February 2014
Thank Dave C
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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“Great Find in Downtown Cozumel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

This museum was a real treat. It is located in the downtown area where the cruise ships line up and had a great exhibit of Mayan culture including as well as pinatas. It is fairly inexpensive yet has enough exhibits to interest children as well as adults.

Visited December 2013
Thank Travel33871
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