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“Fantastic building” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Anthropology and History Museum

Anthropology and History Museum
Ranked #14 of 112 things to do in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Fantastic building”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

Worth visiting just for the architecture of this mansion on the stylish Paseo Montejo. Apparently many of the exhibits have now migrated to the new slightly out of town Gran Museo del Mundo Maya which makes the displays here feel somewhat contrived. Nevertheless worth a short visit but for the real stuff you will need to take a cab out to the new one. Closed on Mondays

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice museum in a fantastic old mansion.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

A great museum on the Paseo Montejo within a beautiful old palace/mansion. Limited size but interesting and educational content. We much preferred this museum to the more distant, way more expensive Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Walkable from the Gran Plaza. Nice local restaurants.

Visited January 2014
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Victoria, British Columbia
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“Not what it used to be”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

This museum used to be one of our favourites to visit as it was pacted with hundreds of extremely interesting pieces and had an upstairs devoted to many unique and focused special exhibits. Recent changes in the past few months seem to have stripped the museum of almost its entire collection of artifacts and replaced them with a very few items, modern textiles and large photographs. While these very few items can be spectacular, many come from outside the Yucatan region. Perhaps sparce is the new trend in museums, however, for those of us who enjoyed the variety and density of the previous collection, the current museum was a tremendous disappointment.

Visited January 2014
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Merida, Mexico
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“A Super Museum complete with Exceptional Ceilings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The architecture is stunning, the finishes are to die for, the floating staircase is like something out of the movies. Self help quides next to each exhibit were helpful although the text was a little small for someone challenged by type size...

Visited December 2013
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Merida, Mexico
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“Always delightful and educational”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

The mansion on Paseo Montejo, the Palacio Canton, is an architectural gem of a past century. The building alone is worth the addmission fee but the changing exhibits are always informative and educational. They are not in depth, but give you a brief introduction to the Mayans.Woven into the exhibit at this time are samples of exquisite embroidery on the clothing of the current mayans.We try to go to the museum at least once a year when we are here, just to see the current exhibits.

Visited December 2013
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