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.