Mayan Museum “Cancún”

The Mayan Museum of Cancun opened its doors in November 2012; It presents historical relics and extensive exhibition spaces, in a modern environment. The multimillion dollar project is the culmination of 30 years of collection and has 350 Mayan pieces. For those interested in learning more about the traditional culture of the area, or in search of an activity a rainy day, the Mayan Museum of Cancun is a fascinating place to spend a few hours.

The museum consists of three exhibition spaces that cover a total of 409 square meters (4,400 square feet) where relics are shown, and even replicas of bones dating back 14,000 years.

The first room of the Museum:
It is dedicated to the archeology of Quintana Roo. Its chronological journey begins with the oldest burials that have been found in submerged caves of the Quintana Roo coast, passing through the history of the monumental sites of the south of the State, until the boom of the northern region of the entity or East Coast prior to arrival of the Spanish conquerors.
The pieces reflect the origin, development and change strategies of different cities; the funeral rites, architectural elements, ritual and domestic objects used by the Maya of Quintana Roo throughout two thousand years of history.

The second room:
It abounds on general aspects of the Mayan civilization: its relationship with the environment; the origin, development and decline of their cities; its economic activities, from agriculture to commerce; the characteristics of the ruling elites and the wars between them; its most important cultural expressions such as writing and the calendar and some of its rites such as the ball game.
The pieces exhibited here come from excavations carried out in Quintana Roo, as well as in the rest of the Mexican states that cover the Mayan area: Tabasco, Yucatán, Campeche and Chiapas. A portion of these works have been granted on loan by the Comalcalco Site Museum, the Yucatan Regional Museum “Canton Palace”, the Chichén Itzá Site Museum, the Chiapas Regional Museum and the Palenque Site Museum “Alberto Ruz L’huillier.

The third and last room:
It is dedicated to the presentation of temporary exhibitions linked to the theme and vocation of the Museum.
The visit to the Museum also includes access to the San Miguelito Archaeological Zone; Through a path that starts from the lower corridor of the Museum, this site is made up of at least four groups consisting mainly of structures that supported wooden houses and palm houses, in which possibly diverse families lived during the last years prior to the arrival of the Spanish conquerors.

Underwater Museum

The project began after in 1997 by the sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor, a cruise ship crashed and destroyed much of the coral reef Punta Cancun, so alternatives were sought to attract tourists. This is how the idea of submerging concrete structures to preserve the reef that today is in very good condition arose.

Currently these mysterious statues are covered with algae and coral polyps, the plan worked, and Cancun is now home to the largest artificial reef in the world.

The National Park located between the waters of Cancun and Isla Mujeres is one of the most visited in the world. Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists swim in these waters, which generates an environmental impact on the reefs and the life that is generated in them.

By placing these pieces of marine concrete, MUSA promotes the generation of life and, therefore, the recovery of natural reefs. In addition, the load of visitors in the natural reef is directed to this museum, diminishing the impact generated in past years

The museum is divided into two Galleries: Manchones and Punta Nizuc. The sculptures in Machones are located 8 meters from the surface, so diving is recommended for a better appreciation of the collection. In Punta Nizuc, only snorkeling is allowed, since the pieces are only 4 meters from the surface.

Soon pieces will be placed in Punta Sam.
Marvel at the more than 500 sculptures that the MUSA has permanently submerged. Examine the sculptures set at the bottom of the sea in an area of more than 420 square meters with its more than 200 tons of art.

A tour of the Underwater Museum of Art of Cancun is a good alternative, especially if you like to practice diving or snorkeling. These sculptures do not affect the marine ecosystem of the area because they are made of neutral PH concrete, the idea is that they attract algae and marine life in general, so that they begin to have a life of their own quickly.