Museo del Ambar, San Cristobal de las Casas

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Pay a visit to Museo del Ambar to admire over 300 pieces of amber. Situated in an old convent building, the museum houses exhibits about the excavation and uses of amber in Chiapas. Take a guided tour or explore the museum by yourself to learn about the history of this fossilized tree resin. You'll view amber in its different states, from raw to carved, and discover its uses in jewelry, art, and medicine. The museum also offers jewelry-making workshops, a cafe, and a shop where you can purchase an amber souvenir. Make Museo del Ambar a centerpiece of your San Cristobal de las Casas vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our San Cristobal de las Casas trip builder.
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  • Great place to learn about ambar and see some unique carved pieces. Also a good place to purchase, as you know you're getting a real piece of ambar.  more »
  • Pretty average. It was advertised in Lonely Planet as having a workshop where you could see the work on the amber being done but there was no workshop  more »
  • This is a very interesting visit for those who want to learn about ambar. The vídeos they have explaining about ambar are very clear and cover several topics. The place is beautiful and it has been ma...  more »
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  • ambar at it's best. the museum is housed in a great historical building. the collection is the best in san cristobal. there is also a store that sells excellent quality ambar. one can be assured the ambar is genuine.
  • Small but very interesting to visit and learn some. Also has one of extremely rare scorpions in Amber so that's very cool to see. And a beautiful and historic building.
  • Small, but interesting and for 25 pesos I think it's worth it to learn a bit about amber and see some interesting pieces. All explanations are in Spanish.
  • Good little museum. They also give a quick lesson in how to tell real ambar from the fake stuff.
  • Great museum with amazing Amber sculptures, if you are looking to buy Amber I suggest visiting Simojovel in Chiapas