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Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, Merida

(4.1/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
History buffs in particular should not miss Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. Established in 2012, the museum was designed by a group of local architects. The spacious, modern building was designed to represent the sacred Ceiba tree, which the Mayans believed connected the living with the heavens and the underworld. Inside, you can admire a vast collection of more than 1,000 Mayan relics grouped into four halls with different themes. View well-preserved sculptures, artifacts, and objects retrieved from the ruins of Ek Balam, a traditional 8th-century Mayan village. Use our Merida vacation generator to visit Gran Museo del Mundo Maya on your trip to Merida, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • For my tastes, a little too long on the prehistory and geology of the world before getting to the Mayan history. With a name like Museo del Mundo Maya, I expected a lot more of Maya items to view. Not...  more »
  • Spectacular new building in the north of the city, with displays illustrating the Maya culture, ancient and modern. It did not die out when the Spanish took over in the sixteenth century and all the e...  more »
  • Very good cultural choice, nice place with interesting spaces, interaction between technology and history.
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  • Interesting museum, worth a visit. Price 150 pesos; you will easily spend 2-3 hours inside. Not much about history, but a lot from a cultural point of view, about Maya in the modern society. The only historical part is about the extinction of dinosaurs. Don't forget the Maya horoscope! 😁
  • The museum is very small, I mean surprisingly small. The content that is there is in both English and Spanish which is a nice touch. Also, most exhibits have very many interactive elements so this is really a well done museum. Just wish it had more to show.
  • It has a different approach. The best of the Maya world is in Mexico city, at the museo de antropologia. But this is a very good museum
  • Great architectural landmark to see, but relatively limited museum. Worth a visit but not a top priority in Merida. Consider also the 150MXN price tag.
  • Amazing new museum dedicated to the Maya culture and the natural history of the Yucatan. Parking is underground and enters from the back. I suggest you go as early as possible in the day as you are able to have the entire place to yourself for the first hour or so of opening. Lots of school groups in the afternoon. Expect to take about three hours to properly appreciate all that is on offer here. The gift shop prices are in the higher ranges although some of the artisan works available are truly unique and of the highest quality.