On Tuesday May 21st, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) began the construction of the Museo de la Luz on the land located at number 414 D of Calle 50, downtwon Merida, to be more precise, in part of the empty lot locally known as “La Plancha“.
In a statement, the Legal Department recalled that the Government of the State of Yucatan donated this property to the UNAM on July 4, 2018, through a decree signed by former governor Rolando Zapata Bello.
According to information published on SIPSE.com, UNAM officially owns the property where the museum is already under construction, with public deed number 1600, registered in the Notary Public 89 of Mérida, Yucatán.
UNAM and the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) will invest 100 million pesos (5.1 million USD) for the construction of this museum. The complex, as reported by the educational institution, will have an area of 4,430 square meters and will provide dozens of science related attractions.
Me da mucho gusto anunciar que #Yucatán estará a la vanguardia en infraestructura cultural con el nuevo #MuseoDeLaLuz, que se construirá en los terrenos de la antigua estación de ferrocarriles de Mérida mejor conocida como “La Plancha”. pic.twitter.com/966KsVtNEi
— Mauricio Vila (@MauVila) 21 de mayo de 2019
In addition to multiple green areas, the Museum of Light will have six permanent exhibition spaces, a temporary exhibition room, an experimental science and art laboratory, an area for workshops and offices, as well as a customer service department.
According to the report, thousands of Yucatecans will benefit from this work, specifically the residents of this sector, who for many years have seen the lot as a risk to the safety of those who live and transit there.
According to “Diario de Yucatán” greater scientific knowledge, a new cultural space and an additional attraction for tourists visiting the Yucatan, is what the new Museum of Light will represent, a project promoted jointly by the Government of Yucatan and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which will allow the region to boast an enclosure of this type at the level of the best in the world.
The Museum of Light is conceived as a modern and emblematic space, with state-of-the-art museographic material and scientific exhibitions; that will also serve as a liaison with the regional academic and productive sectors.
The Yucatan Times Newsroom