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“Disappointment”

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Ranked #10 of 115 things to do in Merida
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This has had mixed reviews and we went hoping that the good ones were more accurate. Unfortunately no. Little things drove me crazy: exhibits where the lights weren't on - they seem to be on some sort of timer but who wants to stand there waiting for a light to come on; the flow was often interrupted by people posing in certain areas for pictures and causing a bottleneck; one of the first interactive displays was just an invitation for endless touching by kids who weren't trying to read it or learn anything but just play with it; the descriptive placards are so low one has to bend way down to read them and the lighting is poor as well. I left frustrated and wondering just what they were trying to accomplish. Not worth the 150 mx admission for foreigners. Also, it is either a cab ride to get to or a 20-30 minute bus ride and figuring that out was an experience in itself.

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This museum is housed in one of the newest and most impressive modern buildings in Merida. The museum itself is not housed in the circular "bird's nest" that is the museum's signature feature, but in the building beneath it. It is all one story and seems to be eminently accessible for people in wheelchairs. In fact, the very sleek white tile floor is lovely, but I found myself slipping on it multiple times (flip flops...) and would warn anyone with slippery shoes to take care.
The exhibits are beautifully done.. Mexico knows how to make a great museum, and this one is no exception. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the instruction about the beginning of life on earth, the Chicxulub crater, the animals and insects and rock formations. Then there are extensive exhibits about the Maya, including dioramas about traditional lifestyles, historic events, etc. There are various exhibits in the floor, allowing you to walk over them on clear plexiglas floors. And a few reconstructed Mayan temples as well. If you can't take a trip around the Yucatan Peninsula, you'll get a quick snapshot of what's available here.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

About a year old, this a large museum that houses Mayan works moved from the Anthropology Museum plus many new things. Most signs are in Mayan, Spanish and English. It is way out of the city but worth the trip. Take a cab out and bus back.
Admission is 150 pesos.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

My husband and I visited this museum, in a brand-new hyper-modern building outside Merida, hoping to get a great overview of the ancient Mayan civilisation, and lots of original ancient artefacts to look at. Instead, what we got was a bizarrely disjointed, disorderly muddle, which tries, and I think completely fails, to explain the entire history of the Mayan people and the Yucatan peninsula (all the way back to when the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs hit the Yucatan!). The exhibits are inconsistently labelled (sometimes in Spanish and English, sometimes Spanish and Mayan, never all three), and there seemed to be far more replicas than originals, plus lots of fairly pointless but probably expensive gimmicks – ‘Use the Mayan counting system!’, ‘Find out your Mayan birthdate!’. The building looks completely out-of-place – it’s massive, I thought ugly, and really hard to navigate (the security guards were having to walk every single visitor from the end of each section over to the start of the next). It’s also really far out of Merida – about 30 minutes by car (and few cabs pass by, so it’s hard to get back from), which, plus the very high entrance fee, makes it a very expensive visit.

If your focus is the ancient artefacts, I’d really recommend the very small but perfect museum at Dzibilchaltun, a Mayan site just outside Merida. That museum’s only a couple of rooms, but carefully and informatively curated, and with lots of really stunning pieces, plus you also get to wander round a small Mayan site and have a swim in a cenote, all for less than the entrance price of this place.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

There were some english descriptions but all the films were just spanish - no sub titles. The displays were okay but when you see the carvings at the sites it is more impressive and if you have a good guide - you learn way more

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