In Cancun, the beaches are full of cards… Forsake this setting of fine sand for a discovery of the Mayan civilization in the heart of Cancun. Direction the Mayan Museum of Cancun.
In Cancun, it is the beaches that attract the crowds… and for good reason: they are huge, with white sand, with crystal clear water whose temperature fluctuates between 26 and 29°C. During the hottest hours of the day (or if it rains in Cancun), dare to get away to this mexican resort to discover its very beautiful museum dedicated to the Mayan civilization.
Where is the Mayan Museum in Cancun?
In the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, the Mayan Museum is a bit hidden, but easy to find with a GPS if you’re driving.
Please note: the Maya Museum is closed on Mondays.
Who were the Mayans?
The Mayas inhabited a territory corresponding to a southern part of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. If archaeologists have found traces of the Maya civilization dating back to prehistoric times, the peak period of this pre-Columbian civilization lasts from the 3rd to the 10th century. The life of the Mayans was organized within the framework of City States.
Today we retain from this civilization its architecture, its knowledge of astronomy, the Mayan calendar, and its writing based on hieroglyphs. The cosmos had a primordial place in their religious practices.
What to see at the Mayan Museum in Cancun?
The museum was inaugurated at the end of 2012. Its ultra-modern and refined architecture should appeal to fans of beautiful buildings. With its huge bay windows, you will have a very beautiful lagoon view from the first showroom.
At the entrance, you will be asked to leave your backpack in a locker to avoid damaging – by an unfortunate movement – the exhibits.
The museum invites you to discover 350 objects from the Mayan civilizationi.e. 1/10e of all of its collections. You will first discover a room on archaeological research in the state of Quintana Roo (where Cancun and the Riviera Maya are located), then a second room on mayan culture. In a 3e room, the museum has chosen to offer a temporary exhibition.
Good to know : information signs are in Spanish and sometimes in English…. on the other hand, all the cartels are exclusively in Spanish. To interest our children who only speak French (8 and 11 years old), we have tried to quickly translate most of the anecdotes and information highlighted in the exhibition.
As you progress through this museum dedicated to this pre-Columbian civilization, you will see the evolution of the Mayan civilization over the centuries (from 350 BC to 1500 AD), the place of urban centers such as Chichen Itza and Tulum, but You can also simply admire very beautiful Mayan objects (necklaces, pottery, sculptures, stelae, etc.).
Some interactive tablets and videos invite you to discover the Mayan culture in a different and dynamic way.
The discovery continues near the museum with the ruins of San Miguelito. Here, the atmosphere is very different: you are in the heart of lush nature with vestiges of civilization standing in front of you. Beautiful contrast between these remains and the museum, with the Mayas as a common thread!
Practical information – Mayan Museum of Cancun
Hotelera Cancun Quintana Roo Blvd.
Kukulcan Km 16.5
Open Tuesday to Sunday
2018 prices: 70 Mexican pesos (about 3 euros); free for children under 5 years old.
What to do in and around Cancun?
- Enjoy the Delfines beach in Cancun (30 minute wait on average to take your picture on the CANCUN letters overlooking the beach!);
- Organize a day at Tulum to discover the archaeological site by the sea;
- Plan several days of getaway to Merida, Valladolidthe archaeological remains of Chichen Itzaetc.
- Make some scuba diving in cozumel island ;
- Disconnect completely on Holbox Island…. Heavenly.
Photo credits: © One Two Trips / © Emmanuelle Bourgue