If you happen to be passing through the capital city of Yucatan, chances are you want to get to know the most important museums and cultural centers. Therefore, we give these recommendations so you’re prepared when planning the route.
1. Contemporary Art Museum (MACAY)
This museum, which is one of the most visited is found right next to the Cathedral of Merida, was founded in 1994. It has four large rooms where the work of the great local artists is exposed: Fernando Garcia Ponce, Gabriel Ramirez Aznar and Fernando Castro Pacheco. Until 1920, its activities were related to religious affairs, for its proximity to the Cathedral. Until it became the headquarters of the Ateneo Peninsular which gives it its name. In addition to the collection of pieces that can be found in their rooms, in the corridor between the Cathedral and the Museum, you’ll find sculptures and works of different artists.
Pasaje de la Revolución entre 58 y 60, Centro.
Phone numbers (999) 928 32 58/ 928 32 36
Wednesday to Sunday, open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
2. Museum of the City
The museum opened its doors in 1908 by Governor Enrique Muñoz Aristegui. It contains the historical heritage of the White City, with files on pre-Hispanic times, when it was called T’Hó, until the arrival of Francisco de Montejo when it was already uninhabited. This museum aims to make citizens participants of history, culture and identity of the city of Merida.
Calle 56 No. 529a entre 65 y 65a, Centro
Ex Edificio de Correos
Phone numbers 9 24 42 64/ 9 24 42 73
3. Popular Art Museum (Casa Molina)
Located on the corner of the La Mejorada, this museum, although not large, is home to more than 800 thousand pieces of representational art in Mexico. From ceramic vases, typical dresses, clay figures, jewelry of gold and silver, etc. all of them are worthy pieces. This museum is intended to reflect the art of national character, more related to the crafts that are made in different states of the Republic.
Calle 50 A por 57 número 487, Casa Molina.
Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. Ph.- 928 52 63
4. Gran Museo del Mundo Maya
The great Museo del Mundo Maya, beginning with the fall of the Chicxulub meteorite, it provides us documented information of prehistoric events and it lets us interact with cutting edge technology and better quality rooms. Besides meteorite fragments, that it´s believed, was the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs, you’ll find some -real fossils that have been collected at different sites by archaeologists. Jumping to the time of the Mayans, the museum itself is a journey into the history of this magnificent culture, its customs, its rise to power and eventual decline. All this presented with state of the art animations.
Calle 60 Norte Unidad Revolución
Wednesday to Mondays (Tuesdays closed) 8:00 am to 17:00 hrs.
5. Anthropology and history museum (Palacio Cantón)
Inaugurated in December 1959, as a historic monument of the early twentieth century by the General Francisco Cantón, governor of Yucatan. The majesty of this building not only stands out for its size, but also for the materials used in its construction: plaster, marble in various shades, fine finishes in ceilings, Doric and Ionic columns, a beautiful staircase carved in white marble and gardens outdoors with a very french architectural touch. The museum was re modeled in December 2012 with new photographic galleries, original mayan wardrobes, vases, and other archaeological treaures.
Paseo Montejo 485 Centro
Ph.- 9 23 05 57 / 928 67 19
Tuesdays to Sundays 8:00 am to 17:00
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