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“Well worth the time!”

Museum de la cultura maya
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Chetumal
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed June 29, 2014

For its thoughtful design if nothing else, this museum is worth an hour or two if you are interested in maya culture. It is split into thirds, the top being cielo, or heaven, the middle, tierra or earth, and the bottom xibalba, or the underworld. The ceiba tree, the tree of life, stands in the middle of it all. There are good interactive kiosks for kids (and adults!) and the displays are informative in both English and Spanish. I particularly liked the reproduction of the murals at Bonapak as I can't seem to ever make it there. I am proud of Chetumal and Mexico for providing this small but interesting glimpse into the their culture. Only caution - it's dark in there. Keep your eyes open, I slipped and almost twisted an ankle! Be sure also to visit the book store next door - great stuff.

Thank landofthemaya
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

In Chetuamal there are not a lot of things to see, but this museum is on of them. A nice shelter from the sun as well. The museum itself is very interesting.

Thank BabicaA
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is a relatively small but highly interesting Mayan museum, with an number of interesting Mayan pieces and lots of interactive exhibits. Information is in both Spanish and English. It shouldn't take more than a couple of hours to see everything.

Thank RAPLongueuil
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

The museum is fairly small, but it has a really excellent layout with engaging exhibits. It is arranged in three floors in a spiral, with a wide variety of different exhibit styles. As someone with a background in museum studies and exhibit design, I was very impressed with their use of space. The only complaint I would make about this museum is that it needs some maintenance. There are burnt-out lightbulbs on important exhibits and other minor issues that are a little distracting. The bathrooms are outside by the Mayan home exhibit. A good value for the price.

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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Near the marcado, a modern building with some marble floors, cool A.C., and a fine collection of Maya information, best suited for people with little experience, in other words a sort of introductory museum well worth the visit. Models of the three tower structure at Xpujil, the palace at Sayil, and othe iconic structures from places such as Hochob,Chicanna, Yaxchilan, Tikal, Copan, Chichen, and Tulum. A scale model of Pacals crypt cover, as well. Basic descriptions of Maya writing, and their calender system can also be seen. An impressive copy of one of the murals at Bonampak, by Pedro Davalos is probly worth the visit alone. The basement has a mock up of a 'sacred cave' with figures, pottery and a sound effects system. There is also a full scale copy of the burial crypt at Copan, of the son of SmokeImixGod K from year 695. Under a thick glass floor 4 to 6 feet below there is a model of the Palace at Palenque. Out side in the courtyard (there is no need to pay for this) there is a "Mayan" hut with a fireplace, rustic furnature and a few tools. The offices in this area contain an art gallery or 2, bookstore, and a few friendly workers home offices. Very spanish little english but I always visit this place when in Chetumal,the cabs are nearby at the market and is convient to further explore this sub tropical city especially after being in the drier part of the Yucatan north.

2  Thank Pedro F
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