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“Lovely building!”

Anthropology and History Museum
Ranked #14 of 116 things to do in Merida
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Owner description: This museum traces the city through history, from its colonial Spanish plazas to the modern bustling streets of today.
Blaine
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lovely building!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

The museum is housed in a magnificent colonial mansion. When we were there, it had a display of huipils, a history of the family that built the mansion and a few token Mayan relics. This is no longer a museum of anthropology. The building itself is impressive.

Visited January 2013
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Statesboro, Georgia
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“Mayan History at its best”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is the place to find out the details of the Mayan civilization. The guides are knowledgable and courteous and very cheap

Visited September 2012
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Montreal
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“A must for anthropology buffs”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nice easy to visit site. The relics are interesting and give a good overall history of the Yucatan people

Visited May 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Closed”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

The magnifient archictecture from the outside is fabulous but it is not open right now as they have moved everything to the new Gran Museo.

Visited January 2013
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Boston
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“Sounds like the museum is less impressive post-renovation”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

This museum is located in the beautiful Palacio Canton (which unfortunately has its own listing on TripAdvisor). It recently re-opened in December 2012. The museum had a few exhibits on the history of the Palacio Canton, an exhibit on various archaeological trips organized by the family that lived in the building, and a few scattered Mayan artifacts. Upstairs on the second floor, there was an exhibit on the various huipiles (traditional Mayan garments worn by women) from different areas of Yucatan State.

Generally, these exhibits were quite modest and not overwhelmingly interesting. Judging from the reviews from before the renovation, it sounds like the new museum has a lot less to offer. I think that a lot of the Mayan artifacts and exhibits that were formerly in the museum were moved to the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya on the north side of town.

Is it worth stopping in? If you have an hour to kill, happen to be on the Paseo de Montejo, and have $4 USD to spare, then yes. The building itself is beautiful and is worth seeing by itself. I will say that it looked like they were still doing construction on some areas, so it's possible that there will be more exhibits in the near future.

Visited December 2012
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