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“In-depth view into Munda Maya”

Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
Ranked #9 of 113 things to do in Merida
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“In-depth view into Munda Maya”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

If you have an interest in learning about this amazing culture, this museum offers a great place to start. It provides good insight into the essence of these conquered peoples. It seemed to us that it promoted a sense of pride within the modern day Maya which in our opinion is refreshing.

I would agree with some of the criticisms offered by other reviewers; the signage was located very low (for whose benefit?), there is virtually no signage to direct you, some of the "trivia" games were a distraction and it does take some effort and planning to get to the museum. The price of admission is a bit high also.

It would be beneficial for tourists (taxi drivers please don't run me over!) to have shuttle buses from Centro to the museum throughout the day.

Having listed my criticisms I have to say we felt enriched by our experience and felt a renewed vigor to learn more.

Visited March 2013
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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.

Visited March 2013
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“Impressive but slippery!”
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.

Visited January 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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.

Visited March 2013
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“Style over substance”
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.

Visited February 2013
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