Cancun: Museo Maya de Cancun

In pursuit of something else to do other than beaching while in Cancun, we googled for activities that would be culturally enriching. Museo Maya de Cancun popped up on the search list and what would you know, it was literally a stone's throw away from where we were staying.

The Museo Maya de Cancun opened to the public in November 2012, replacing the original anthropology museum that was shut down in 2006 due to structural damages from a hurricane. Besides the museum, there is also an archeological site called San Miguelito in the grounds and could be accessed with the price of admission to the museum.

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The museum is housed in a modern white building with large windows which was designed by Mexican architect Alberto García Lascurain. Three white columns made of delicate leafy patterns representing the vegetation of the area sit in a fountain at the entrance to the museum. These were designed by Jan Hendrix, a Dutch-born artist who has lived and worked in Mexico for over thirty years. (info from here)

There are three exhibition halls, two house permanent exhibits and the third for temporary exhibits. Only the halls for permanent exhibits were open when we visited.

The exhibition floors are located on the second floor, accessed via an elevator, and the exhibit halls were elevated 30 feet above sea level to protect the collection in case of flooding.

The first exhibition hall is dedictated to the archeology of the state of Quintana Roo, which is the state where Cancun is located.

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The second hall is dedicated to the Mayan culture as a whole and contained pieces found in other areas of Mexico besides Quintana Roo and from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras etc.

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The museum is located in the Hotel Zone, Blvd Kukulkan KM 16.5 and can be reached by bus R-1.



  1. Hello, wonderful exhibit. I enjoyed my visit to Cancun back in 1985 I am sure it is much different there now. Great post and photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. had no idea this wonderful museum existed! What a nice break from the beach.

  3. Marvelous photos!
    Thank you so much for sharing at

  4. Great shots. I'd enjoy that museum myself.

  5. Wonderful museum with so much to see.

  6. A fine presentaton of this museum. I liked that they put the collecton on the second floor in case of flooding.

  7. Thanks for taking us along on the museum tour!!

  8. What a beautiful photo tour of a fascinating museum ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  9. It looks great. It's awe-inspiring to think about the age and history of those exhibits.

  10. I have been studying mythology all summer, so it was a special treat to see these photos. Thank you!

  11. Such an interesting museum, beautiful images.

  12. That's definitely a place I would like to explore when visiting Cancun. I'm a big fan of museums like this one!

  13. beautiful and modern to be a museum. :)

  14. Looks like a wonderful museum. I haven't been to Cancun in over 30 years, I know it has changed quit a bit.

  15. This museum was opened months after my visit to Cancun! I really would like to visit since I am fascinated with all things Mayan. I will have to visit next time.


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