The Great Museum of the Mayan World of Mérida (GMMMM), which has the objective of promoting and disseminating our ancestral culture, has stood out nationally and internationally with important achievements such as its participation in the Second Education and Museums Meeting, obtaining the F@IMP award and hosting the exhibition of the French artist ORLAN.
The space of the Secretariat of Culture and the Arts (Sedeculta) also has an invaluable collection of 1,160 pieces, a window to Mayan culture, which through visits and workshops, aimed at girls, boys, young people and adults, are spreads the historical value that this civilization inherited from us.
Through the General Directorate of Museums and Heritage, whose owner is Ana Méndez Petterson, coordinated work is carried out, which has allowed the GMMMM to be a reference when visiting Yucatán and a place of learning for everyone.
The official pointed out that at the aforementioned meeting, held in Torreón, Coahuila, organized by ICOM – Mexico, the International Council of Museums, the wide range of activities offered by the Yucatecan museum was disseminated and the topic was discussed: What is a museum? creative? Last year Mérida hosted the first event.
In addition, a module of the Yucatan Museum Network (Redmy) was installed, which brings together 45 venues of this type. Regarding this system, the entity carries out the Museum Night initiative, which began in April and once a month a museum opens its doors for free at night.
That has facilitated the attraction of young people above all, said Méndez Petterson and shared that the next one will be on November 15, at 7:00 p.m., at the Yucatecan Song Museum and the GMMMM, on December 20, for its 11 anniversary. People interested in attending both events must register on Redmy’s social networks.
He added that another of the projects that has received good acceptance is the Museum Rally, a dynamic that is carried out within the framework of International Museum Day, to promote family coexistence, this year it awarded schools that had the highest number of participants.
Regarding the aforementioned award, awarded by the Festival of Audiovisual and Innovative Museum Media Productions 2021-2022, he specified that the video Between gifts, trades and knowledge. Traditional Mayan Medicine, produced by the state agency, via the GMMMM, won in the medium-length documentary category, and was delivered in Prague, Czech Republic.
The board mentioned that this indicates that the team’s work is purposeful and the proposal has testimonies from traditional doctors, j-meeno’ob or Mayan priests, midwives, sobadoras, herbalists and a culbrero; It is available on the Sedeculta YouTube channel.
In the first half of 2023, the international creator ORLAN presented Mayan Self-hybridations, a peculiar series that, in its own style, exhibited faces and colors in a digital image. In that sense, the exhibition No time no space, by Gianluca Lattuada, was received.
Through the General Coordination of Educational Communication and Cultural Action, there are programs to give the school community a comprehensive experience of cultural heritage, which is inclusive and serves as a model for other spaces in the field.
Since January, the number of creative and recreational workshops on weekends has increased, benefiting two thousand people, so families can access them free of charge, learn, have fun and get closer to the knowledge, memories, traditions and customs of the entity.
In the same way, they can be approached with school visits and guided tours in Spanish and English through the permanent rooms: El Mayab nature and culture, Mayas of today, Mayas of yesterday, Ancestral Mayas, there is also a virtual one through its granmuseodelmundomaya page. com.mx. The hours are from Wednesday to Monday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.